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 


June 27, 2017
10:00am to 11:00am

Hour at the Museum Story Hour

A Prairie Boy’s Summer by William Kurelik

August 7, 2017
12:00pm to 12:15pm

Noon Bites

The horse revolutionized the lifestyle of many tribes of the Plains. Join Nolan Johnson, NSHS Highway Archeologist, to...

October 2, 2017
12:00pm to 12:15pm

Noon Bites

Carter Hulinksy, Media Technician at Lincoln High School and Cold War aficionado will talk about the Cold War Civil...

Yearly memberships start at $32

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