Nebraska Authors

Jerome E. Petsche

Born 1930-06-26 Osmond, NE (USA)

Died 2008-05-19
Hot Springs, AR (USA)

Falls City, NE (USA)
Steele City Cemetery

Historian and archaeologist who documented the excavation of the Steamboat Bertrand at De Soto Bend National Wildlife Refuge for the National Park Service after it was discovered by Sam Corbino and Jesse Pursell of Omaha.

Places Lived

Lincoln, NE
Osmond, NE
Hartington, NE
Washington, D.C.
Hot Springs, AR

Author Of

  • Nonfiction


Archaeology; History; Steamboat Bertrand


Bachelor's Degree in Journalism, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE
Master's Degree in Archaeology, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE


Historian and Archaeologist

Places Worked

University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE
Smithsonian Institute, Washington, D.C.
National Park Service


Korean Service Medal, United Nations Service Medal, Nation Defense Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal and Japan Occupation Medal, all from U.S Air Force service in the Korean War Conflict


The Steamboat Bertrand: History, Excavation, and Architecture. 1974. (National Park Service Publication)
Contributor to Roland R. Switzer's When Justice Came to the Plains: Judge William Gaslin, Jr., and Frontier Law in Western Nebraska, 1876-1889. 2014.

We appreciate corrections and additions to our information about authors, but please read the following guidelines and caveats carefully.

  • The Nebraska Authors database is based on publicly available sources. Unless you are the author contacting us in person, it helps us if you cite the source or sources of your information. We cannot include unsourced information in the database.
  • We may be appreciative of information we choose not to include in the publicly available database.
  • To include an image on an author profile, please send jpg attachment to nebraskaauthors@lincoln.ne.gov. A photo-release agreement is required before the image will be published on this site.
  • Because of the way we are staffed, expect corrections or additions to take time, sometimes up to three months.
  • While we initially included some actual links to external URLs in the database, we will in the future no longer provide functioning links. We will instead record the presence of specific external materials in language that we hope will help intelligent users find it themselves. Web rot, in which actual materials remain online but undergo changes in their URLs, is too demanding in terms of staff time for us to hope to keep external links current.

Please copy, fill out the form below, and email it to NebraskaAuthors@lincoln.ne.gov to suggest a change.

Jerome E. Petsche

Do you have corrections for the above information or other information to add?:

(e.g. Author is buried in Fremont, not in David City / Also wrote for the Daily Nebraskan during her time as a student)