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History Nebraska publishes works that explore Nebraska history and culture. Our readers range from professional historians to history buffs to curious people who simply find that learning about the past helps them better enjoy living and traveling here. We all share a passion for well-crafted historical writing.

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"Nebraska Timeline" Columns

From 1992 – 2019, History Nebraska wrote a series of articles for newspapers titled “Nebraska Timeline.” Below you can browse or search through those articles and discover interesting stories from Nebraska’s History. 

Ashland, the First Saunders County Seat

William H. Ashby Relatively few ex-Confederates chose to locate in Nebraska Territory following the close of the Civil War. One who did was William H. Ashby, a ...

Automobile Camp at Elmwood Park

Long distance travel in the early days of the automobile was difficult, and comforts along the way were few. Motorists pitched their own tents and cooked their own meals ...

Automobile Culture

As automobile ownership and travel became more widespread in Nebraska after 1900 (and particularly after the dedication of the Lincoln Highway in October of 1913), the ...

Automobile Thieves

The introduction of automobiles was soon followed by the appearance of automobile thieves. The Motorist (Omaha) in its August 1920 issue denounced automobile-related ...

Automobiles for Women, the Overland Coupe

At the beginning of the 1910s, women drivers in the United States were still only a small minority--perhaps no more than five percent of the total number of drivers. But ...

Autos and Airplanes in 1919

World War I saw a rapid technological development of aircraft. The end of hostilities stimulated interest in the possible commercial uses of the airplane. Military ...

Balloon Ascension

After the Civil War hot air balloon "barnstormers" traveled around the country, demonstrating their aerial prowess at local fairs and celebrations. Some even jumped from ...

Banking in Nebraska Territory

Nebraska delegate Henry W. Yates addressed the World's Congress of Bankers and Financiers in June of 1894 in Chicago on Nebraska's experience with wildcat banks during ...

Barbour, Erwin H.

Well-known geologist and paleontologist Erwin H. Barbour (1856-1947) left an indelible mark on the history of these disciplines in Nebraska. Barbour had studied ...

Barns in Nebraska Territory

Why is it there are no barns in this Territory?" asked the Nebraska Farmer in December 1861. "In all of the Middle States-even among the very first settlers, a barn was ...


Interest in baseball goes back to the late l860s in this state. The Nebraska Herald of Plattsmouth said on May 1, 1867: "The friends of athletic sports in Omaha, and ...

Baseball at Cushman Park

Baseball was a part of the Lancaster County Old Settlers' Association reunion and picnic on June 19, 1889, at Cushman Park in Lincoln. The Nebraska State Journal of June ...

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About History Nebraska
History Nebraska was founded in 1878 as the Nebraska State Historical Society by citizens who recognized Nebraska was going through great changes and they sought to record the stories of both indigenous and immigrant peoples. It was designated a state institution and began receiving funds from the legislature in 1883. Legislation in 1994 changed History Nebraska from a state institution to a state agency. The division is headed by Interim Director and CEO Jill Dolberg. They are assisted by an administrative staff responsible for financial and personnel functions, museum store services, security, and facilities maintenance for History Nebraska.
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