Nebraska 150

Continuing the N150 celebration

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The University of Nebraska was chartered on February 15, 1869 and charged with its land-grant mission of public education and service to Nebraska.  In 2019, we mark a 150-year legacy of improving the quality of life for Nebraska and beyond.  Please join us in celebrating the historic past of your University and helping us chart a bold new future.

Nebraska State Fair

We're continuing our N150 celebration at the Nebraska State Fair! Join us and show your Husker pride. 

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Show your Husker pride and celebrate 150 years of history by participating in Nebraska’s 2019 Homecoming Week: 150 Years of Grit and Glory! With events happening all week, there's sure to be something for everyone.

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The Cornstock festival offers a memorable evening for Husker fans of all ages. Festival activities will include performances by parade participants, surprise musical guests, food trucks, games for adults and children, face painting, t-shirt printing, and more! There is something for everyone to get in the Nebraska spirit before the Huskers take on the Northwestern Wildcats on Oct. 5.

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July 15, 1919
Tractor Testing Laboratory Starts its Engines

When tractors and mechanized agriculture equipment began to be in wide use in the early 1900s, farmers and others were concerned that the equipment delivered what the manufacturers promised. The Nebraska Legislature enacted a law — one of the earliest pieces of consumer-protection legislation in the United States — that required all tractors sold in the state to be certified by the university.

The Tractor Test Laboratory opened on East Campus in 1919. Over the years, thousands of tractors have been tested in the lab and the adjacent test track. In 1980, the building was designated by the American Society of Agricultural Engineers as a historic site, and named for Lester F. Larsen, the man who directed the lab for 39 years.

Read more in this entry from A Nebraska Timeline

Lester Larsen
University of Nebraska-Lincoln campus skyline outline