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History Nebraska Closed to Public Until Further Notice

The health and wellbeing of our guests, staff, and volunteers are always our highest priority. History Nebraska will be closed to the public until further notice. This includes the Nebraska History Museum in Lincoln, the Research and Reference Room in Lincoln, the Nebraska State Capitol Gift Shop, Chimney Rock near Bayard, Fort Robinson History Center near Crawford, Neligh Mill in Neligh, George Norris House in McCook, and the Thomas Kennard House in Lincoln.

All public programs, group tours, and hosted events have been canceled or postponed until further notice.

The purpose of the closure is to do our part in limiting the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

Our staff have been working to expand our online resources so we can continue to serve the public during this period of social distancing and quarantines. Visit our website, Facebook page, and Twitter account for updates. Here are options of resources available to you from the comfort and safety of your home.

  • Streaming video – Watch hours of History Nebraska content, including past Brown Bag Learning Series programs on a wide variety of topics.
  • Online Collections – Look through our digitized archives, including photographs, objects, and documents. For inspiration, start with these themed searches.
  • History Nebraska Blog – Read fascinating bite-sized bits of Nebraska history from the History Nebraska blog page.
  • Nebraska History Challenge — Participate in a fun social media history challenge perfect for families or history fans stuck at home.
  • Online Exhibits – Take a deep dive into featured items from our collection including:
    • Historic Nebraska Mugshots - Mugshot photography revolutionized crime investigations after its adoption in the mid-1800s, replacing the usual drawings and descriptions. Discover some of those stories with this selection of over 30 historic Nebraska mugshots.
    • Robert Merchant’s WWII Photography - This graciously donated collection of over 300 photos allow us to glimpse life in the Army Air Forces during World War II, all from the perspective of a young man from Wayne, Nebraska.
    • Revealing History - Utilizing technology, we have been able to uncover details in historic photos that have not been seen since they were first taken.
    • Solomon Butcher Collection – See selections of this iconic collection of photos taken between 1886-1912.
    • Merci Train – Images from the Nebraska boxcar of the Merci Train of WWII.
    • Saving Memories – Personal memories from the collections of History Nebraska


As conditions permit, we will continue to process research requests submitted to us at hn.reference@nebraska.gov. Visit our Research and Reference Services page for more information on requests.

We will continue to monitor the latest information and announce a decision regarding future schedules and programs at a later date. Thank you for your understanding as we all work together to limit the impact of COVID-19.

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