Nebraska History Spring Issue: Part 4 1967-Present

In the latest edition of Nebraska History we are highlighting Nebraska’s history in 150 photos in four parts. In the blog we will be previewing each part, along with adding an interesting photo and caption from each section.

Part 4: 1967-present

In some ways, the fourth and final section of this pictorial history has been the most difficult to assemble, because it is the one for which we have the least historical perspective. What are the truly important developments of the past fifty years? Editors of a bicentennial issue of Nebraska History are likely to make very different selections.

That said, it seems obvious that the ongoing rural-to-urban population shift is significant, and that it has been driven by economic changes that are also significant. Everywhere, bigger farms and bigger companies produce more with fewer workers. At the same time, Nebraska’s population has grown older and, in many communities, more racially and ethnically diverse, and roles such as political leader and sports hero are no longer exclusively male.

“Nebraska… The Good Life” began appearing on highway signs in 1971, and Nebraskans have yet to tire of the slogan. What could be better than the Good Life? Here are glimpses of how Nebraskans lived it, missed it, or fought to achieve it in the past fifty years.

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This picture above shows the Nebraska State Fair in Lincoln in 1972. Five communities have hosted the state fair. Nebraska City held a territorial fair in 1859 and then hosted the first state fair in 1868. Brownville hosted the fair in 1870-71. The fair then rotated between Omaha and Lincoln for the next three decades, settled in Lincoln from 1901 to 2009, and then moved to its current home in Grand Island.

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