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. 

Beauty in England

"We notice in Monday's issue the arrival, by the Cunard steamer Abyssinia, of a cow fed upon the prairies of Nebraska (U.S.), and of an antelope from the same State," ...

Becoming American

For many immigrants to this country, becoming "American" was a top priority. While somelonged for the ways of the old country, many embraced the new ways America had to ...

Bennet H.P.

The first territorial legislature of Nebraska convened in Omaha on January 16, 1855. Among the first lawmakers was H. P. Bennet of Nebraska City, described by a ...

Bentley for President, 1896

In this centennial year of William Jennings Bryan's first campaign for the presidency, his career has been reviewed in an exhibit at the Nebraska History Museum, in ...

Bicycle Corps

In the summer of 1897 a 1,900-mile bicycle trip was made by the Twenty-fifth Infantry Bicycle Corps from Fort Missoula, Montana, to St. Louis for the purpose of testing ...


The Morning World-Herald of October 3, 1892, reported the one-hundred-mile excursion of an Omaha bicycle club under the headline "A Great Century Ride, The Ride of the ...

Billy Sunday Cleans Up

Today's televangelists are often in the news, but they're by no means the first pulpit-poundersto capture the attention of Nebraskans. When the flamboyant and ...

Bittenbender, Ada C.

Ada Cole Bittenbender, a leader in the woman suffrage and temperance movements, was also one of Nebraska's first woman lawyers and only the third woman admitted to ...

Bixby on Football

Nebraska journalist A. L. Bixby (1856-1934), who authored the Daily Drift column for the Nebraska State Journal for more than forty years, enjoyed football as a ...

Black Ghost

Ghosts are popularly imagined to favor the color white when materializing for public view. However, a ghost clothed in black was said to haunt the streets of Alma in ...

Blizzard of 1888

By James C. OlsonSuperintendent, State Historical SocietyJanuary, 1947 Fifty-nine years ago this week–on January 12, 1888--Nebraska was hit with what old-timers will ...


The two most famous winter storms in Nebraska history occurred in 1873 and in 1888. The storm which struck on April 13, 1873, was a violent snowfall accompanied by a ...

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History Nebraska
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Lincoln, NE 68508
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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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