History Nebraska

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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.

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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. 

Which Baby is the Best?

  The photograph above, from the Solomon D. Butcher Collection, depicts a group of babies and young children in Broken Bow in 1903. Although the event at which ...

White Buffalo Girl

A stone in the Laurel Hill Cemetery at Neligh, Nebraska, reads: "White Buffalo Girl, Daughter of Black Elk and Moon Hawk of Ponca Tribe, Died May 23, 1877, enroute from ...

Whitmore, Howard J.

Howard J. Whitmore, whose legal career in Nebraska began in the early 1880s, was in 1937 president of the Lancaster County Bar Association. On May 29 of that year his ...

Why Opera Houses Were More Popular than Opera

Opera houses provided entertainment and culture in small towns throughout Nebraska between 1880 and 1920.Was opera really that popular?It’s true that opera and classical ...

Wildcat Banks

The wildcat notes issued by some Nebraska territorial banks caused considerable financial instability. The bills had insufficient backing and in some instances, no ...

Will M. Maupin’s Nebraska Tall Tale

This "Exaggeration" postcard boasted of Nebraska cabbages The career of Nebraska newspaperman Will M. Maupin (1863-1948) lasted for more than sixty years and included ...

Will Pigs Help Win the War?

After the United States entered World War I in April of 1917, President Woodrow Wilson appointed Herbert Hoover head of the U.S. Food Administration. Hoover believed ...

Will the Governor Run?

While many candidates have announced their intentions to stand for election in 1990, Nebraska's governor has remained mum on the subject. Governor Kay Orr's insistence ...

Willa Cather

Willa Cather is sometimes remembered by biographers as cantankerous and reclusive. While acknowledged to be accessible to close friends and family members, she was ...

William C. Holden, Nebraska Newspaperman

William C. Holden (1842-1901), remembered as one of Nebraska's most aggressive and colorful newspapermen, was associated with papers in Harlan County and in Kearney and ...

William H. Ashby

Relatively few ex-Confederates chose to locate in Nebraska Territory following the close of the Civil War. One who did was William H. Ashby, a lawyer, civil servant, ...

William N. Byers

William Newton Byers played a distinguished role in the histories of both Nebraska and Colorado. Born in Ohio in 1831, he accompanied his parents to Iowa in 1850 and a ...

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David Bristow | Publications
History Nebraska
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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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