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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 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 commonsense, 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 hadtheir 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 guidethem on their way. Not so with early voyagers across Nebraska's "sea of ...

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 Nebraskansweathered these crises, scraped together what fiduciary resources they had left, and ...

The Horseless Delivery Truck

The advent of the horseless carriage revolutionized personal transportation for Nebraskans. The elimination of living, breathing horsepower similarly transformed the ...

The Hot Lunch Plan

Serving Lunch at Lincoln High in 1906 As many Nebraska students head off for school, they'll check to see "what's for lunch." The hot lunch program has become a ...

The Instant Town

Adjusting to rapid change is a trial we associate with "modern" life. But a hundred years agoNebraskans witnessed change almost overnight as new portions of the state ...

The Japanese Invasion

The U.S. trade deficit and America's reliance on foreign-made goods is a topic frequentlydiscussed in the late 1980s. But the problem of foreign competition in the ...

The Lawn Party

Nebraska was a rough-and-tumble place in 1876. But many women settlers here did theirbest to live a "genteel" life--as much as conditions would permit. Great energy and ...

The Lincoln Chicken War

Sometimes it takes a good guy with a chicken to stop a bad guy with a chicken. Consider this strange tale about the founder of today’s Lincoln Journal Star and his ...

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History Nebraska
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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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