Hot off the Press! New Nebraska History Books!

It’s been a while since we posted a Nebraska History book list! We have a great new list of recently published books on Nebraska History.

Gage County: Portrait and Biographical Album – 1888

Portrait and Biographical Album of Gage County, Nebraska: containing full page portraits and biographical sketches of prominent and representative citizens of the County by Chapman Brothers (Chicago, Ill.) – 1888.

Nebraska Historic Building Survey – Richardson County – 1993

The Reconnaissance Historical Building Survey Final Report for Richardson County by the Nebraska State Historical Society was conducted in 1993 with the following report issued.

Nebraska Railroad Maps – 1861-1898

This video gallery includes Railroad Maps from 1861 – 1898 from the New York Public Library – Lionel Pincus and Princess Firyal Map Collection – public domain.

The Seed of Division: The Kansas-Nebraska Act of 1854

The Kansas-Nebraska Act was the seed of division over the subject of slavery in the United States. Congress began to wrestle with the laws of slavery in newly opened territories with Missouri, Kansas and Nebraska caught in the middle.

“Frontier Settlement and Community Development in Richardson, Burt and Platte Counties – 1854 – 1870” by Nicholas Joseph Aieta

This paper includes the history of three early Nebraska settlement counties; Richardson, Burt and Platte. What is interesting about this research is where the settlers came from.

160 Acres of Hope and Hardship: Homestead Act of 1862

The Homestead Act of 1862 has been called one of the most important pieces of Legislation in the history of the United States. Signed into law in 1862 by Abraham Lincoln after the secession of southern states, this Act turned over vast amounts of the public domain to private citizens.

Pony Express: 400 Horses, 80 Men and 18 Fast and Furious Months on the Western Frontier

The Pony Express operated from St. Joseph, Missouri through the edge of Southeast Nebraska at Rock Creek Station followed the Platte River though the rest of Nebraska and ended at Sacramento, California.

Union Pacific Railroad: The Great National Highway – 1867

If you like early Nebraska Territory history or early railroad history you will love this little booklet from the Union Pacific Railroad from 1867.