Nebraska turns 150 in 2017, and it’s time to begin the celebration. The World-Herald’s David Hendee brings the state’s history to life in a new book, “Nebraska: 150 Years Told Through 93 Counties.” The counties have served as the building blocks for Nebraska, and Hendee weaves their stories into a tapestry of Nebraska’s people, places and events.

It’s only natural The World-Herald would help celebrate the sesquicentennial. The newspaper has chronicled Nebraska’s journey daily since the 1865 founding of the Omaha Daily Herald by George L. Miller.

In the 1930s, The World-Herald published a series of county-by-county historical drawings by staff artist Mike Parks titled, “Nebraska in the Making.” A generation later, The World-Herald republished the popular illustrations in the newspaper’s Magazine of the Midlands to set the stage for Nebraska’s centennial in 1967.

Those drawings once more help bring the past to life in “Nebraska: 150 Years Told Through 93 Counties,” along with the work of the newspaper’s award-winning photographers.

Also featured are photographs from “Bridges: Sharing Our Past to Enrich the Future,” an initiative by the Hildegard Center for the Arts, in partnership with the Nebraska Tourism Commission and the Nebraska State Historical Society. The images highlight historical and culturally significant places in all 93 counties.

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