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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. 

The Clough Murder Case

New Year's Day in 1891 was a momentous one for Warren Clough, who had spent almost fifteen years in the Nebraska State Penitentiary for the 1876 murder of his brother, ...

The Communist Threat

The warming of U.S.-Soviet relations and the crumbling of communist parties' control inEastern Europe are changing they way we look at the world. But sixty years ago, ...

The Considerate Robbers

Thanks to dime novels, movies, and television, stage coach robbers have a significant place in the cast of characters we think of as part of the history of "the West." ...

The Dandelion Rake

"Kearney has it and has it bad," said the Kearney Daily Hub on May 14, 1902. "The dandelion is taking the town, literally overrunning it from end to end, covering lawns ...

The Dangerous 4th

In some ways, the Fourth of July is the perfect kid's holiday. Noise is central to thecelebration, and so is danger in the form of fireworks. Each year's Independence ...

The Davey Ghost

Tales of the supernatural are part of the lore of many Nebraska communities and occasionally surface in local newspapers. The Omaha Daily Bee on January 21, 1890, ...

The Double Holiday

May 30, the traditional Memorial Day, is a time for us to remember the dead. We especially honor those men and women who have given their lives in the defense of their ...

The Easter Blizzard

    At Eastertime, we expect to enjoy warm spring weather. But those of us who know Nebraska know that where the weather's concerned, it's often smart to expect the ...

The Effect of Motion Pictures

The influence of television on the impressionable young has been a subject of concern toparents, teachers, editorial writers, and social scientists. But television is ...

The Fading Horse

The rise of the automobile and the corresponding decline of the horse was well underway by 1909, especially in urban areas. The Omaha Daily News of August 22, 1909, ...

The Farmer Invasion

As autumn and the 1990 elections approach, political parties and special interest groups arevigorously campaigning for their candidates and causes. One hundred years ago ...

The Farming Soldiers

In the summer of 1819, Colonel Henry Atkinson led about 1100 soldiers up the MissouriRiver. Their mission: to establish a chain of military posts to keep English fur ...

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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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