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 Wild, Wild West

The wild and wooly American West has been fodder for stories, dime novels, comic books, motion pictures, and television programs. Many fictionalized accounts exaggerate ...

Thomas E. Calvert and the Burlington and Missouri River Railroad

Thomas E. Calvert, an engineer at the time the Burlington and Missouri River Railroad was built in Nebraska, described briefly the construction of the road in an 1898 ...

Thomas J. Majors

Thomas J. Majors (1841-1932) of Nemaha County was a pioneer soldier and farmer who served in the Nebraska territorial and state legislatures; in Congress; and as ...

Those Fish Stories

Improbable fishing yarns have been around as long as fish and fishing. The Norfolk Weekly News-Journal in the summer of 1907 reported an escalating series of such tales ...

Those Jitneys!

The advent of the automobile changed transportation for many Nebraskans. In larger communities, even if you couldn't afford a car, you could buy a ride in a taxi, or ...

Those Selfish Young Men

A daily newspaper's Sunday edition once covered local social news and trends in more detail than was possible during the week. The Sunday Morning Call (Lincoln), on May ...

Timber Culture Act of 1873

Of all the land laws affecting Nebraska, the Timber Culture Act of 1873, designed to promote the planting of trees, was perhaps the least successful and subject to many ...

Titanic

The recent opening of a multi-million-dollar film epic about the April 1912 sinking of Titanic has sparked new interest in the ill-fated liner and her passengers. Even ...

Too Much Beef, a Football Complaint

The football schedules of early Nebraska teams sometimes matched­or mismatched-high school and college teams, and paired both with teams organized by other groups such ...

Touring Nebraska Orchards in 1872

Well before the emergence of Arbor Day as a state holiday dedicated to tree planting, southeast Nebraska had a number of thriving orchards. The Nebraska State ...

Tournament Baseball

The Cornhusker State Games recently brought athletes from all over Nebraska to the Capital City. Although these games are only a few years old, statewide athletic ...

Tractor Evolution

When the Russians visited the tractor testing laboratory on the campus of the College of Agriculture, they not only were visiting the most famous facility of this kind ...

Contact Us

David Bristow | Publications
History Nebraska
1500 R St
Lincoln, NE 68508
402-471-4748
david.bristow@nebraska.gov
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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.