History Nebraska


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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. 

Baseball at North Bend

Baseball was a popular leisure activity for boys and young men in Nebraska during the 1890s and early 1900s. Small towns often fielded teams, giving rise to strong ...

Baseball in Early Lincoln

Edward Manley, a Chicago educator, was the son of Samuel Manley, one of the five men that composed the faculty of the University of Nebraska when classes first began in ...

Baseball in Nebraska City, 1870

Information about the Otoes, an early baseball team at Nebraska City, is found in the Daily Nebraska City News, April 23, 1870: "Editor News:- We wish through the ...

Baseball Sportswriter Insults, 1894

Baseball was a popular pastime during the 1890s, and so was newspaper coverage full of colorful insults. In late summer of 1894 the Lincoln, Nebraska, baseball team ...

Baseball, Ruth vs Gehrig

Considered by many to have been the best baseball team ever fielded, the 1927 New York Yankees featured a "Murderer's Row" of batters including Babe Ruth (this was his ...

Baseball, Ruth vs Gehrig

Considered by many to have been the best baseball team ever fielded, the 1927 New York Yankees featured a "Murderer's Row" of batters including Babe Ruth (this was his ...

Bauer, Harold W.

Marine aviator Harold William "Joe" Bauer (1908-42), one of a handful of Nebraskans to receive the Medal of Honor during World War II, was also honored by a U.S. Navy ...

Beadle in Nebraska

Erastus F. Beadle (1821-98), best known for his Dime Novel series launched in 1860, left Buffalo, New York, in March 1857 to seek his fortune in the new Nebraska ...

Beating the Heat in the 1930s

The mid 1930s saw some of the hottest summer temperatures ever recorded in Nebraska. When Ruth Godfrey Donovan and her family moved to Lincoln in 1934, the Depression ...

Beautifying the Farm

Noted landscape architect E. H. Herminghaus left his mark on Nebraska's capital city,creating scenes of "natural" beauty at Pioneers Park, the grounds of the State ...

Beauty Hints

Tanned skin has not always been a mark of beauty. Mollie Dorsey Sanford's diary from 1867 described the problem and an unusual solution used by Mollie and her young ...

Beauty Hints for the Honeymoon

In honor of all June brides, here are some "beauty hints for the honeymoon" from the LyonsMirror, 1910. "The lemon should have a conspicuous place on the toilet table ...

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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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