History Nebraska

Publications

Who We Are

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.

  • Nebraska History Magazine (quarterly for History Nebraska members)
  • History Nebraska’s monthly email newsletter (full of history and the latest HN news)
  • Nebraska History Moments weekly emails (photo and short story)
  • Books

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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 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 to parents, 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 are vigorously campaigning for their candidates and causes. One hundred years ...

The Farming Soldiers

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

The First Nebraska Regiment’s Baptism of Fire, 1862

This month marks the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Fort Donelson, fought in the tangled, snow-covered woods of northwestern Tennessee in mid-February 1862. There on ...

The Fool’s Graveyard

Most of us can't resist engaging in one form of foolishness or another. Contrary to common sense, doctors' advice, and mothers' naggings, we eat too much, exercise too ...

The Free Street Fair

Organizers of the Hastings Free Street Fair held late in the summer of 1899 no doubt had their tongues planted firmly in their cheeks when they printed up this ...

The Fremont Maps

Most of us take road maps for granted. It's easy for today's travelers to get a clear map to guide them on their way. Not so with early voyagers across Nebraska's "sea ...

The Garten Institute

Nebraska newspapers from the late nineteenth century include numerous advertisements for local Keeley hospitals or treatment centers for patients addicted to alcohol, ...

The Hoarding Hermits

Nebraska's history is littered with financial panics and disasters. Some Nebraskans weathered these crises, scraped together what fiduciary resources they had left, and ...

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David Bristow | Publications
History Nebraska
1500 R St
Lincoln, NE 68508
402-471-4748
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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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Make a cash donation to help us acquire, preserve, and interpret Nebraska’s history. Gifts to History Nebraska help leave a legacy and may help your taxes, too! Support the work of History Nebraska by donating to the History Nebraska Foundation today.

Volunteers are the heroes of History Nebraska. So much history, so little time! Your work helps us share access to Nebraska’s stories at our museums and sites, the reference room, and online.