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. 

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 ...

W.C.T.U.’s Crusade Against Drugs

Drug abuse problems in Nebraska and the rest of the country during the late nineteenth century involved different substances than those commonly mentioned in the crime ...

Washington’s Birthday

George Washington's birthday on February 22 was celebrated publicly for the first time in the late eighteenth century, while Washington was still president. In 1885 ...

Water Shortage

The economically devastating years of the early 1890s created hardship for many Nebraska residents. In 1893, for example, crops in Nebraska were almost totally destroyed ...

Watson, H. D., and the Watson Ranch

In 1888 H. D. Watson, a Kearney booster during its boom days of the late 1880s, established the historic Watson Ranch. He had come West from Greenfield, Massachusetts, ...

Way Back in ’67

"Children Barefoot in January," the headline read. No, it's not a news account of l990's mildweather (at least so far). This tale of an unusually mellow winter, and its ...

We’re Number One!

Over the years, Nebraska has been "number one" in a lot of categories. We've had thenation's highest-rated football team, we've produced more popcorn than anyone else, ...

Webster’s Last Romantic Buffalo Hunt

In the autumn of 1872 an unusual group of men engaged in what one of them, John L. Webster, called "the last romantic buffalo hunt upon the western plains of the state ...

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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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