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. 

University of Nebraska in the Early Years

If you’ve been to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln campus lately for a football game or to drop your kid off for college, you know they’re always building something on ...

University of Nebraska, 1878

Chartered as a land-grant institution by the first regular session of the Nebraska Legislature on February 15, 1869, the University of Nebraska opened its doors to ...

University of Nebraska, Expense

The expense of a postsecondary education was once considerably less than it is today. The original charter granted the University of Nebraska in 1869 by the Nebraska ...

Vacationing on a Budget in 1909

"Where to spend my vacation is a problem which hundreds of Omaha minds are puzzling over just now," said the Omaha Daily News on July 18, 1909. The News told its ...

Valentines

"How many young ladies who received valentines this year regarded them seriously?" inquired the Minatare Free Press in its edition of April 2, 1908. "Lovers have ...

Valentines for Officials

"St. Valentine's day, like Christmas, comes once a year," said the Omaha Daily Bee on February 15, 1891. "To the children it is a day of merriment. The old folks care ...

Valentines from 1931

The Lincoln State Journal of February 13, 1931, included a description of the changing trend in Valentine's Day cards. The old-fashioned sentimental cards were being ...

Valentines, Comic

Although Valentine's Day and the sending of love messages associated with it have roots in antiquity, the exchange of comic valentines originated in the United States. ...

Victor Rosewater

Victor Rosewater (1871-1940), son of the founder of the Omaha Bee, followed his well-known father, Edward Rosewater, into journalism. Victor's reminiscences of his life ...

Vifquain, Victor

Victor Vifquain (1836-1904), a native of Belgium, was one of the first Nebraskans to receive the Congressional Medal of Honor, first authorized for heroic action by ...

Vifquain’s Buffalo Hunt

Victor Vifquain (1836-1904), a Nebraska adventurer, political figure, newspaper owner, and Civil War hero, was also influential in the settlement of the Republican ...

Visit to the Penitentiary in 1875

The year 1875 saw two uprisings at the Nebraska State Penitentiary south of Lincoln. In January prisoners took the warden, William Woodhurst, and inside guards prisoners ...

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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