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New NSHS-Authored Book Shows Nebraska’s Role in Civil War

From a pool of barely nine thousand men of military age, Nebraska—still a territory at the time—sent more than three thousand soldiers to the Civil War. They fought and died for the Union cause, were wounded, taken prisoner, and in … Continue reading

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Nebraska’s Seventy-fifth Anniversary, 1854-1929

The Diamond Jubilee celebrated by Nebraska in early November of 1929 didn’t mark Nebraska’s seventy-fifth year as a state, but its seventy-fifth as a political unit. The 1854 Kansas-Nebraska Act making it a territory was commemorated in 1929 with three … Continue reading

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Morton and Wilson, Nebraska Territory’s Ghost Counties

Today many Nebraskans live in counties known by different names than they were during Nebraska’s territorial years. The first eight counties in the state were Douglas, Cass, Dodge, Washington, Richardson, Burt, Forney, and Pierce, all named for prominent political leaders. … Continue reading

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Brown Bag Lecture to Discuss the Building of First Transcontinental Telegraph

Charles Brown was a young lawyer when he became the right-hand man to telegraph pioneer Edward Creighton of Omaha. Brown’s journal survives as the only known daily chronicle of the building of the transcontinental telegraph. Published in August 2011 by … Continue reading

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Miles, Mules, and Men: The Forgotten Front of the Civil War

Imagine your car. Now consider the amount of gas that it requires to keep it running. Picture that your car is in the middle of rural, untamed Nebraska: there are no gas stations for miles. Multiply your car into several … Continue reading

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Newly Discovered Diary Tells of Building the Transcontinental Telegraph

The transcontinental telegraph was a remarkable technological feat that had major consequences for the West and the nation as a whole. Yet relatively little has been written about it. Historians Dennis N. Mihelich and James E. Potter have edited First … Continue reading

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Nebraska and the Civil War: Why the Story Matters

Nebraska has a rich Civil War legacy, according to James E. Potter, senior research historian at the Nebraska State Historical Society. Potter and Edith Robbins edited the letters of Nebraska soldier August Scherneckau, published in 2007 by the University of … Continue reading

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How Do We Get There?

Today, if someone wants directions, they can just go online and find a map to practically anywhere. But this is just a recent development. Before the internet, we needed actual physical maps to figure out where we were going. The … Continue reading

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Hiram P. Bennet and Nebraska’s First Territorial Legislature

Nebraska’s first territorial legislature, convened in 1855 in Omaha, was a reflection of the restless and impermanent population then in the sparsely settled territory. Some of those elected had never been residents, and most of the rest were transient. Hiram P. Bennet, … Continue reading

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Why Bother with Nebraska History?

“Why should we bother with the history of Nebraska or any other state?” writes historian Frederick C. Luebke. “What makes its history distinctive or different, let us say, from that of Iowa or Kansas? A skeptic might well argue that … Continue reading

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