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Thomas P. Kennard State Historic Site

Built by Nebraska’s first secretary of state, the Kennard House is the oldest remaining building in Lincoln’s original plat. It was restored as the Nebraska Statehood ...

Hours

The Kennard House is not currently available for tours.

Admission

The Kennard House is not currently available for tours.

Tours

The Kennard House is not currently available for tours.

Map

1627 H Street Lincoln, NE The Kennard House is not currently available for tours.

Contact Us

Thomas P. Kennard State Historic Site 1500 "R" Street Lincoln, Nebraska 68508-1651 The Kennard House is not currently available for tours. [email protected]

The House and its Many Lives

Thomas P. Kennard built this house as a symbol of hope. In 1869, it was one of the first significant structures built   in the new capital of Nebraska, Lincoln. To ...

Hours

Wednesday - Friday: 1 pm - 4 pm Saturday: 1 pm - 3:30 pm Closed Sunday, Monday, Tuesday

Admission

Admission to the Norris house is free.

Tours

Tours are available year round. Group rates available.  Please call ahead to make reservations.  308-345-8484

Tours

Group rates available.  Please call ahead to make reservations.  308-665-2919

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About History Nebraska
History Nebraska was founded in 1878 as the Nebraska State Historical Society by citizens who recognized Nebraska was going through great changes and they sought to record the stories of both indigenous and immigrant peoples. It was designated a state institution and began receiving funds from the legislature in 1883. Legislation in 1994 changed History Nebraska from a state institution to a state agency. The division is headed by Interim Director and CEO Jill Dolberg. They are assisted by an administrative staff responsible for financial and personnel functions, museum store services, security, and facilities maintenance for History Nebraska.
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