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. The division is headed by Director and CEO Trevor Jones. He is assisted by an administrative staff responsible for financial and personnel functions, museum store services, security, and facilities maintenance for NSHS.

Our Mission

The Nebraska State Historical Society collects, preserves, and opens to all, the histories we share.


The Nebraska State Historical Society was founded in 1878 to "encourage historical research and inquiry, spread historical information . . . and to embrace alike aboriginal and modern history." In 1883 the Society was designated a state institution and began receiving financial support from the legislature. Legislation in 1994 changed the Society from a state institution to a state agency.


The Society is governed by a fifteen-member board of trustees, twelve elected by the members of the Society, and three appointed by the governor.

Institutional Values

Preservation: The preservation of Nebraska's past is the legacy of its people.
Public Service: The NSHS exists to serve.
Trust: The NSHS collections are held in trust.
Excellence: The NSHS adheres to the highest professional standards in everything it does.

For contact information for all departments, please click here.



What We Do


Archeology is the Nebraska clearinghouse for prehistoric and historic sites, including those threatened by highway and other construction. Archeological resources are investigated under provisions of the National Historic Preservation Act.


The NSHS Collections Division collects, preserves, and provides access to materials that document the human history of Nebraska.


The Gerald R. Ford Conservation Center, adjacent to the Ford Birthsite and Gardens, Omaha, provides modern laboratories for the conservation of historical documents, textiles, and museum objects.

Historic Preservation

The Society, whose director is state historic preservation officer, implements Nebraska's compliance with the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966. Related responsibilities include the Nebraska Historic Buildings Survey, the National Register of Historic Places program, archeological survey, review and compliance for federal undertakings, review of projects seeking preservation tax incentives, and local participation in historic preservation.

Interpretation and Education

Learn more through firsthand experiences with Nebraska objects, people, and places!  Engaging programs for all ages, innovative exhibits, and docent-led tours help our shared history unfold.


The division publishes a quarterly magazine, Nebraska History, and books and documents on Nebraska and Great Plains history.


This division collects, manages, and preserves a wide spectrum of published and unpublished documentary materials, and provides access to them.

How To Be Involved

Become a Member

Being a member is the easiest way to be involved in our mission to preserve and share our state's rich history. Find out how!


Volunteers work with staff members to support our mission.

Start your Career

Keep an eye on job listings!

Nebraska State Historical Society Building

Hours and Location

Nebraska State Historical Society Headquarters (Map)
1500 R Street, Lincoln, NE 68502
8:00am - 5:00pm Monday - Friday
10:00am - 4:00pm Saturday (reference room only; offices closed)
Office number: 402-471-3270

Library / Reference Room Hours:
1500 R Street, Lincoln, NE, 68502
Tuesday - Friday 10:00am - 4:00pm
Saturday 10:00am - 4:00pm, limited service
Closed Sunday and Monday
Phone: 402-471-4751


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