In honor of Nebraska’s sesquicentennial, the Nebraska State Historical Society has published 150: A Pictorial History for $9.95 or free with a Nebraska State Historical Society membership.This is a special 80-page issue of Nebraska History magazine.
Even if a picture is worth a thousand words, summing up the complexities of state history in a mere 150 images is a challenge.
“We found ourselves looking beyond the particulars” of each photograph or sketch to consider how each relates to larger themes, “just as an artist is forced to look deeply” to interpret a subject’s essence, Editor David Bristow said.
Nebraska’s land and climate, water and drought, agriculture, uses of the Platte River, creating a society in a place already home to other peoples, technology, government, conflict, community, and celebration are illustrated in the photos.
The story of continual change, from before Nebraska was a state to the present day, is revealed in black and white and color images, with captions to offer context and chronology.
“150: A Pictorial History of Nebraska” is available through the Nebraska State Historical Society Landmark Stores at the Nebraska History Museum, 131 Centennial Mall North and the Nebraska State Capitol in Lincoln and at the Chimney Rock Visitors Center near Bayard.
Call 402-471-3447 for mail orders. Memberships are available at history.nebraska.gov/get-involved/membership.