Welcome to this page especially for you! Curiosity plus primary sources means student-driven learning and we’re so excited for this!! We look forward to providing experiences with compelling questions and artifacts via Virtual Field Trips and On-site visits. Click on any of the links below to learn more including how to register for these programs or access the online resources.
On-Site Learning: Nebraska History Museum
Available September, 2021-May, 2022
Click this LINK to request any of these tours
Active Tour K-8:
Get the Scoop! (60 minutes, for groups of 10-50 students who are able to mask)
In this active tour, “Get the Scoop!” students arrive at the Museum and a museum educator whisks them up to the “Debriefing Room” where they receive their press packs and assignment as reporters. The public needs all the information possible on these two questions, ASAP! For K-3rd graders the question is, “What has changed?”, and for 4-8th graders we’ve got to find out, “Is it better to change or to stay the same?” Students have time to check out the evidence of over 100 primary sources: some can be handled, but many are too delicate to touch. After investigating, all reporters return to the Debriefing room and share their scoops with three different wrap-up options and close with a press conference.
Active Tour 9-12 grades:
Chronologically Nebraska (45 minutes, for groups of 10-50 students who are able to mask)
Test your knowledge of Nebraska History as you explore the Nebraska History Museum! Groups can build their own timeline of Nebraska historical events using our Chronologically Nebraska card game and the information you find in the museum! Play as one big team or small groups to prove your historical expertise or as a fun way to explore the museum!
Self-Guided Tour K-12:
(For groups of 51+ K-12 students or groups unable to mask or groups who just want to explore.)
Students analyze the museum’s primary sources with Investigator Sheets and create a "book" of their findings. You can choose, print, and bring these worksheet pages with you to the museum or choose from a selection curated by our educators available at the museum (limit three per student). www.archives.gov/education/lessons/worksheets
Virtual Field Trips
History Nebraska educators are available to facilitate for the Fall, 2021 semester from October-December.
Learning can be done from anywhere! History Nebraska's digital learning resources are aligned to Nebraska academic standards and aim to promote critical thinking, empathy, and curiosity. Virtual field trips, primary resource packets, lesson plans, and other digital resources put Nebraska History into the hands of students and educators.
Join us online and explore Nebraska history. Email us at HN.education.Nebraska.gov to get started!
Students learn about the life and triumphs of one of Nebraska’s most important public servants George W. Norris. What does it take to be a public servant? What was life like for Nebraskans of the past? These two 30-minute lessons can be facilitated virtually by a History Nebraska Educator or teachers in their own classrooms and are recommended for 4th-grade learners.
Piecing Together the Past in 10 questions or less!
Explore 13,000 years of Nebraska history with this virtual field trip! This lesson centers around answering the most common questions asked of History Nebraska archeologists and asking students critical thinking questions to learn about archeology and Nebraska history. This lesson covers archeological sites, Nebraska’s indigenous populations, bones, and more! This virtual field trip is an overview of the “Piecing Together the Past” exhibit on display now at the Nebraska History Museum. This 30-minute virtual field trip is recommended for 6th-grade learners and is facilitated virtually by History Nebraska educators and History Nebraska archeologists.
Votes for Women: The Road to Rights
Travel through Nebraska’s Suffrage story with the virtual field trip of the Nebraska History Museum’s “Votes for Women” exhibit. Students follow the path forged by Nebraska women as they sought to change voting laws to allow them to vote. This 30-minute lesson is recommended for high school-aged learners and can be facilitated virtually by History Nebraska educators or teachers in their own classrooms.
Nebraska: Piecing together a state Slave or Free? Industry or Agriculture? Grapple with the tough decisions Nebraskans had to make as they formed the puzzle that would eventually become the state of Nebraska. Using primary sources students will examine the issues that made Nebraska the state it is today and consider how they would have pierced together Nebraska themselves. This lesson is recommended for 8th-grade learners and can be facilitated virtually by History Nebraska educators or by teachers in their own classrooms.
Nebraska: Piecing Together a State
Slave or Free? Industry or Agriculture? Grapple with the tough decisions Nebraskans had to make as they formed the puzzle that would eventually become the state of Nebraska. Using primary sources students will examine the issues that made Nebraska the state it is today and consider how they would have pierced together Nebraska themselves. This lesson is recommended for 8th-grade learners and can be facilitated virtually by History Nebraska educators or by teachers in their own classrooms.