Historic Kearney

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111 and 25


This year (2016) marks the 25th anniversary of the University of Nebraska at Kearney’s entry into the University of Nebraska. It is also the 111th anniversary of the convening of the first classes at the Nebraska State Normal School at Kearney. The number “111” is significant to the institution’s history as it is the number of ballots required for the state Board of Education to select Kearney as the institution's home. This online exhibit presents materials associated with UNK history—particularly the 1991 transition from Kearney State College to the University of Nebraska at Kearney.

Kearney Goes to War


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Tens of thousands of soldiers from throughout the United States passed through Kearney, Nebraska, during the more than six years that the Army Air Forces and US Air Force operated a base northeast of town. This online exhibit and archive provides materials pertaining to the Kearney Army Air Field and civilian life in Kearney during World War II.