About Us


The Nebraska State Historical Society (NSHS) was founded in 1878 by citizens who recognized Nebraska was going through great changes and they sought to record the stories of both indigenous and immigrant peoples. NSHS was designated a state institution and began receiving funds from the legislature in 1883. Legislation in 1994 changed the NSHS from a state institution to a state agency. 

Nebraska State Historical Society Building

About NSHS

Nebraska State Historical Society Headquarters (Map)
8:00am - 5:00pm Monday - Friday
10:00am - 4:00pm Saturday (reference room only; offices closed)
For current hours, please call 402-471-3272
Closed on state holidays 


Library / Reference Room Hours:
Tuesday - Friday 10:00am - 4:00pm
Saturday 10:00am - 4:00pm, limited service
Closed Sunday and Monday
For current hours, please call 402-471-3272 


October 19, 2017
12:00pm to 1:00pm

Brown Bag History Lecture Series, Nebraskeños...

This presentation by Lissette Aliaga-Linares and Thomas Sanchez will combine demography and history to analyze the...

October 21, 2017
2:30pm to 6:30pm

2017 Celebration of Nebraska Books

The celebration, free and open to the public, features presentations of the Nebraska Center for the Book's 2017 Nebraska...

November 5, 2017
1:00pm to 4:30pm

Dia de los Muertos


Enjoy Day of the Dead Ofrendas, Music, Dance and Art Activities

Yearly memberships start at $32

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