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2017

chimney rock

150th Statehood Day

Date: Wednesday, March 1, 2017 (All day)
Time: (All day)
Location: Nebraska

Happy Birthday Nebraska!

Thomas P. Kennard State Historic Site

Sons of Union Veterans raise 37-star flag at Thomas P. Kennard State Historic Site (Nebraska Statehood Memorial)

Date: Wednesday, March 1, 2017 - 9:00am
Time: 9:00am
Location: 1627 H Street, Lincoln
Thomas P. Kennard State Historic Site

Free Tours of Kennard House all day

Date: Wednesday, March 1, 2017 - 9:00am to 4:00pm
Time: 9:00am to 4:00pm
Location: 1627 H Street, Lincoln

Call 402-471-4764

Nebraska Oregon Trail Scotts Bluff County Painting

Public Opening, The Legacy of Nebraska—Paintings by Todd A. William

Date: Wednesday, March 1, 2017 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Time: 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Location: Nebraska State Historical Society

Public Opening, The Legacy of Nebraska—Paintings by Todd A. William, depicting historic, geographic, and figurative elements from each of the state’s 93 counties

Chimney Rock

Sunday Afternoon at the Rock

Date: Sunday, March 5, 2017 - 1:30pm
Time: 1:30pm
Location: Chimney Rock Visitors Center, Bayard

Coming Along Behind Our Wagon: Dogs on the Western Trails, Loren Pospisil 308-586-2589

Richard Spencer building Boy Scout canoe

Noon History Bite: Boy Scout Canoe

Date: Monday, March 6, 2017 - 12:00pm to 12:15pm
Time: 12:00pm to 12:15pm
Location: Nebraska History Museum

"Boy Scout Canoe" presented by Richard Spencer, former Troop 4 Boy Scout and canoe builder. Enjoy meaningful Nebraska history stories for 15 minutes over the noon hour! Bring Lunch and join us afterwards for more discussion in the Gilmore Room. 

Hour at the Museum

Hour at the Museum, The Storm Book

Date: Tuesday, March 14, 2017 - 10:00am to 11:00am
Time: 10:00am to 11:00am
Location: Nebraska History Museum

The featured book will be The Storm Book by Charlotte Zolotow.

A Warrior of the People by Joe Starita

Book talk and signing with Joe Starita

Date: Tuesday, March 14, 2017 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm
Time: 5:30pm to 7:00pm
Location: Nebraska History Museum

Hear Joe Starita relate the remarkable story of the young Omaha woman who became the first Native American doctor in the U.S.

Todd Williams, Legacy of Nebraska exhibit

Brown Bag Lecture, "Beautiful Nebraska: Images of Our Land and People"

Date: Thursday, March 16, 2017 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Time: 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Location: Nebraska

Presentation by Todd A. Williams, professional fine artist and formaer Master Artist at Hallmark and Day Springs Cards. The artist will explain the history within the frames of many of the paintings he has made for all 93 Nebraska counties. See his Legacy of Nebraska exhibit on the museum's 3rd floor during your visit. 

See recorded lectures on YouTube or government access channel, courtesy of the Nebraska State Historical Society Foundation. 

Nebraska History Museum

Family Fun Day, "Tales from Wales"

Date: Saturday, March 18, 2017 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Time: 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Location: Nebraska History Museum

Enjoy Welsh Folktales, Arts and Crafts, Tea & Cakes, and music by Ozark Soul. Presented by Nebraska History Museum and St. David's Welsh Society of Nebraska. 

Questions? Contact Sharon Kennedy, sharon.kennedy@nebraska.gov, 402-471-4445

Mari Sandoz

Fourth Friday Noon History Book Club, Sharpie: the Life of Evelyn Sharp, Nebraska's Aviatrix

Date: Friday, March 24, 2017 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Time: 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Location: Nebraska History Museum

The featured book will be Sharpie: the Life of Evelyn Sharp, Nebraska's Aviatrix by Diane Bartels. 

Steampunk After Hours

Date: Thursday, March 30, 2017 - 5:30pm to 8:00pm
Time: 5:30pm to 8:00pm
Location: Nebraska History Museum

Steampunk Food & Beverages. Prizes for Best Dressed. Live Music, film clips, & other amusements. V.I.P. viewing of Oddities from our Collections. $25 in advance or $30 at the door (includes 1 drink). For tickets contact sharon.kennedy@nebraska.gov or 402-471-4445

*Tickets inclued one drink compliments of NSHS Foundation. Must be +21. 

Cheri Becerra-Madsen competitive wheelchair

Noon Bites

Date: Monday, April 3, 2017 - 12:00pm to 12:15pm
Time: 12:00pm to 12:15pm
Location: Nebraska History Museum

Eight-time Paralympic medalist Cheri Becerra-Madsen of the Omaha tribe will speak about her life and achievements in competitive wheelchair racing including her participation in the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Paralympic Games.

Rebecca Cashman working on Doane Powell Mask Collection

First Friday

Date: Friday, April 7, 2017 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm
Time: 5:30pm to 7:00pm
Location: Nebraska History Museum

Rebecca Cashman, Objects Conservator with the Gerald Ford Conservation Center will present: “Saving Face: The Conservation Treatment of the Doane Powell Mask Collection.” 

Nebraska National Guard photo

Brown Bag History Lecture Series, Serving in the Nebraska National Guard

Date: Thursday, April 20, 2017 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Time: 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Location: Nebraska History Museum

Nebraska's National Guard has existed since territorial days. Hear about the service of these citizen soldiers over the last 163 years!
 

Mari Sandoz

Nebraska History Book Club, Hector's Bliss

Date: Friday, April 21, 2017 - 12:00pm
Time: 12:00pm
Location: Nebraska History Museum

The featured book will be Hector’s Bliss by Dennis Vossberg

Please note, this is the 3rd Friday because the Museum is closed for Arbor Day which is on the 4th Friday of April.

Earth Day

Free Family Fun Day

Date: Saturday, April 22, 2017 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Time: 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Location: Nebraska

Join us as we celebrate the 47th year of Earth Day. Art making activities, scavenger hunts and ecological fun facts are in store. 

Noon Bites

Noon Bites

Date: Monday, May 1, 2017 - 12:00pm to 12:15pm
Time: 12:00pm to 12:15pm
Location: Nebraska History Museum

Rosie McGuire will speak about her father Robert Stander and his experience working as a blind man at the Mead Ordinance Plant. The plant produced more than 2.8 million bombs during World War II. 

Student photograph from Untold Migrant Stories project

Asian Heritage Celebration

Date: Sunday, May 7, 2017 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Time: 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Location: Nebraska History Museum

Celebrate Asian & Pacific Islander American Heritage Month featuring Untold Migrant Stories: student produced multimedia journalism, a project of Fly Over Media and Asian Community and Cultural Center. Also enjoy cultural performances, crafts and ethnic food. FREE

Tales of the Ale

Date: Wednesday, May 10, 2017 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Time: 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Location: Gottlieb Storz House, 3708 Farnam Street, Omaha, NE

Raise a glass to Historic Preservation Month and the history of Nebraska brewing in this exclusive tour of beer magnate Gottlieb Storz's 27-room 1905 home. Special talk on brewing in the Cornhusker state by Bill Baburek, owner of Omaha's Crescent Moon and Benson's Infusion Brewing Company. Beverages courtesy Infusion Brewing Company. Nebraska State HIstoric Preservation Office of the Nebraska State Historical Society is your host. Registration: $25  bit.ly/aletalesstorz

Tales of the Ale at Ploughshare

Date: Thursday, May 18, 2017 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Time: 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Location: Ploughshare Brewing Company 1630 P Street Lincoln

Join the Nebraska State Historic Preservation Office at Ploughshare on Thursday May 18th for a sampling of Ploughshare's own brewery offerings, a history of the brewing industry in Nebraska given by Tyler Thomas, co-founder and manager of NebraskaFoodie.com, and a Nebraska Beer Pub Quiz! Tickets $20 at http://bit.ly/2pyu8VM

 

Family Fun Day, Trains

Free Family Fun Day

Date: Saturday, May 20, 2017 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Time: 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Location: Nebraska History Museum

Celebrate National Train Day with the Nebraska State Historical Society and Lincoln Area Railway Historical Society. Enjoy trains in the museum lobby, go on a train scavenger hunt and make a train craft to take home.

Create a painting of the area where you live.

Summer Kids' Class - Painting the Legacy

Date: Thursday, May 25, 2017 - 9:30am to 12:00pm
Time: 9:30am to 12:00pm
Location: Nebraska History Museum

Tour the Legacy of Nebraska exhibit of paintings by artist Todd Williams of scenes from all 93 Nebraska counties.  Then create a painting of the area where you live.

Book club

Nebraska History Book Club, Eleanor and Park

Date: Friday, May 26, 2017 - 12:00pm
Time: 12:00pm
Location: Nebraska

The featured book will be Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell. Join the discussion!

Hour at the Museum Story Hour

Date: Tuesday, May 30, 2017 - 10:00am to 11:00am
Time: 10:00am to 11:00am
Location: Nebraska

Knots on a Counting Rope by Bill Martin, Jr. and John Archambault

Summer Kids' Class: Native American Art

Date: Wednesday, May 31, 2017 - 9:30am to 12:00pm
Time: 9:30am to 12:00pm
Location: Nebraska History Museum

Native American Art

Register Today!

Summer Kids' Classe - It's Not Your Grandma's [or Grandpa's] Apron

Date: Thursday, June 1, 2017 - 9:30am to 12:00pm
Time: 9:30am to 12:00pm
Location: Nebraska

It’s Not Your Grandma’s [or Grandpa’s] Apron

Joyce Williams poses with friends, 1953

African American History Bike Ride

Date: Saturday, June 3, 2017 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Time: 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Location: Nebraska History Museum

 

Join the Nebraska History Museum, the State Historic Preservation Office, the Malone Center and the Great Plains Trails Network on a bike tour with city Historic Preservation Planner Ed Zimmer. We will explore Lincoln's African American neighborhoods and the gravesites of African American men and women who have contributed to our state and nation. 

Cost is $15, $10 for NSHS members. Refreshments included. Limited to 30 people. Must be 16 or older to participate. Helmets required.

Meet at the Nebraska History Museum and take a mini tour of African American objects in the Nebraska Unwrapped exhibit, then bicycle through Malone, Hartley and Clinton neighborhoods to Wyuka Cemetery for a guided tour. 

Contact sharon.kennedy@nebraska.gov or 402-471-4445 to register

Victor Vifquain

Noon Bites

Date: Monday, June 5, 2017 - 12:00pm to 12:15pm
Time: 12:00pm to 12:15pm
Location: Nebraska

Jim Atkins, member of the Sons of the Union Veterans of the Civil War will speak about Victor Vifquain, the first Nebraskan to receive a Medal of Honor for his service in the Civil War.

Hour at the Museum schedule

Hour at the Museum Story Hour

Date: Tuesday, June 6, 2017 - 10:00am to 11:00am
Time: 10:00am to 11:00am
Location: Nebraska

This is the Bird by George Shannon

Summer Kids' Class - A Day in the Life of an 1867 Child

Date: Thursday, June 8, 2017 - 9:30am to 4:00pm
Time: 9:30am to 4:00pm
Location: Nebraska

A Day in the Life of an 1867 Child

Chimney Rock, Morrill County, NE with sunflowers in the foreground.

Free Family Fun Day

Date: Saturday, June 10, 2017 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Time: 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Location: Nebraska

Celebrate Nebraska Wildflowers with a Free Family Fun Day at the Nebraska History Museum. 

  • Learn about Nebraska Wildflowers
  • Create paper flowers
  • Make a paper crown
  • Design stationary, cards, bookmarks using dried wildflowers. 

Questions? Contact judy.keetle@nebraska.gov or 402-471-4782

The Mud Pony

Hour at the Museum Story Hour

Date: Tuesday, June 13, 2017 - 10:00am to 11:00am
Time: 10:00am to 11:00am
Location: Nebraska

The Mud Pony: Traditional Skidi Pawnee Tale retold by Caron Cohen

Emigrants entering South Loup Valley in Custer County

Brown Bag History Lecture Series, Take All to Nebraska - How They Came

Date: Thursday, June 15, 2017 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Time: 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Location: Nebraska History Museum

Join genealogist and family historian Gail Shaffer Blankenau in an exploration of the peoples who undertook a great migration into the heart of America, from Nebraska's opening of settlement in 1854 into the 20th century.  These migration stories from a diverse group of families will bring new perspectives to our understanding of Nebraska Life.

Cowboys by Marie and Douglas Gorsline

Hour at the Museum story hour

Date: Tuesday, June 20, 2017 - 10:00am to 11:00am
Time: 10:00am to 11:00am
Location: Nebraska History Museum

Cowboys by Marie and Douglas Gorsline

Nebraska History Book Club

Nebraska History Book Club

Date: Friday, June 23, 2017 - 12:00pm
Time: 12:00pm
Location: Nebraska History Museum

Take All to Nebraska by Sophus Keith Winther, part of a trilogy about immigrants to our state, published by University of Nebraska Press.

Prairie Boy's Summer book cover

Hour at the Museum Story Hour

Date: Tuesday, June 27, 2017 - 10:00am to 11:00am
Time: 10:00am to 11:00am
Location: Nebraska History Museum

A Prairie Boy’s Summer by William Kurelik

Elizabeth Leads the Way by Tanya Lee Stone

Hour at the Museum

Date: Tuesday, July 18, 2017 - 10:00am to 11:00am
Time: 10:00am to 11:00am
Location: Nebraska History Museum
Kids attending a summer Kids' class at the Nebraska History Museum

Summer Kids' Class: Building a Model 1867 Sod House

Date: Wednesday, July 19, 2017 - 9:30am to 12:00pm
Time: 9:30am to 12:00pm
Location: Nebraska History Museum

See photos of sod houses in Nebraska and learn why homes were built of sod. See a grasshopper plow in the exhibit "Nebraska Unwrapped". Create a model of an 1867 soddy. 

For: Grades K-8

Cost $15/$12 for NSHS members

Blizzard of 1949

Brown Bag Lecture Series: Struggles and Survival in the Sandhills

Date: Thursday, July 20, 2017 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Time: 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Location: Nebraska History Museum

Student videos tell the story of the blizzard of 1949, Halsey Forest, Crazy Horse, and more stories of how people lived in the Sandhills many years ago.

Prairie Dogs by Emery & Durga Bernhard

Hour at the Museum

Date: Tuesday, July 25, 2017 - 10:00am to 11:00am
Time: 10:00am to 11:00am
Location: Nebraska History Museum
Kids attending a summer Kids' class at the Nebraska History Museum

Summer Kids' Class

Date: Thursday, July 27, 2017 - 9:30am to 12:00pm
Time: 9:30am to 12:00pm
Location: Nebraska History Museum

Examine historic quilts. Tour the quilt exhibit on view. Create a quilt block using an 1867 pattern. Tie quilts to be donated to Nebraska children in crisis. 

For Grades K-8

Cost $15/$12 for NSHS members 

Children of the Frontier by Sylvia Whitman

Hour at the Museum

Date: Tuesday, August 1, 2017 - 10:00am to 11:00am
Time: 10:00am to 11:00am
Location: Nebraska History Museum
Kids attending a summer Kids' class at the Nebraska History Museum

Summer Kids' Class: Etiquette for a Proper 1867 Lady

Date: Wednesday, August 2, 2017 - 9:30am to 12:00pm
Time: 9:30am to 12:00pm
Location: Thomas Kennard House

Meet at and tour the Thomas P. Kennard House and Nebraska Statehood Memorial. Try on Victorian era clothing and practice 1867 manners. 

Held at 1627 H Street, Lincoln, NE

For Grades K-8

Cost: $15/$12 for NSHS members

Kids attending a summer Kids' class at the Nebraska History Museum

Summer Kids' Class: Etiquette for a Proper 1867 Lady

Date: Wednesday, August 2, 2017 - 1:30pm to 4:00pm
Time: 1:30pm to 4:00pm
Location: Thomas Kennard House

Meet at and tour the Thomas P. Kennard House and Nebraska Statehood Memorial. Try on Victorian era clothing and practice 1867 manners.

Held at 1627 H Street, Lincoln NE

For: Grades K-8

Cost: $15/$12 for NSHS Members

Native American man on horseback

Noon Bites

Date: Monday, August 7, 2017 - 12:00pm to 12:15pm
Time: 12:00pm to 12:15pm
Location: Nebraska History Museum

The horse revolutionized the lifestyle of many tribes of the Plains. Join Nolan Johnson, NSHS Highway Archeologist, to hear about the horse skull (c. 1770-1844) on view in Nebraska Unwrapped and the site where it originated. 

The Creation Story: Tatanka and the Lakota People by Donald Montileaux

Hour at the Museum

Date: Tuesday, August 8, 2017 - 10:00am to 11:00am
Time: 10:00am to 11:00am
Location: Nebraska History Museum
George Churley and Puppets

Summer Kids' Class: Playful Puppets and Their Puppeteers

Date: Wednesday, August 9, 2017 - 9:30am to 12:00pm
Time: 9:30am to 12:00pm
Location: Nebraska History Museum

Tour the George Churley Puppets exhibit for inspiration. Use your imagination to create your own puppet using recycled materials. Have conversations with your classmates and their puppets.

For: Grades K-8

Cost: $15/$12 NSHS Members

 

South Vietnamese troops fly over the Mekong Delta-The Vietnam War

The Vietnam War: Lunch and Learns

Date: Wednesday, August 16, 2017 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm, Wednesday, August 23, 2017 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm, Wednesday, August 30, 2017 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm, Wednesday, September 6, 2017 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Time: 12:00pm to 1:00pm, 12:00pm to 1:00pm, 12:00pm to 1:00pm, 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Location: Nebraska History Museum

Nebraska's PBS & NPR Stations invite you to attend a preview screening of The Vietnam War, a film by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick. Following the one-hour preview screening a Vietnam War veteran will be on hand for discussion.

Sharon Kennedy, 402-271-4545 or sharon.kennedy@nebraska.gov

Marjorie Corrington

Brown Bag Lecture Series: Creative Nebraskans

Date: Thursday, August 17, 2017 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Time: 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Location: Nebraska History Museum

Many Nebraskans have shown how creative they are in a myriad of ways. Come learn about musicians, photographers, dancers, artists and cooks who have helped create the Good Life! Presented by Carolyn Dow, Karen Keehr, Sharon Kennedy and Amanda Pinkelman.

Free Family Fun Day - Solar Eclipses!

Date: Saturday, August 19, 2017 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Time: 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Location: Nebraska History Museum

We will all witness history August 21 as a total solar eclipse will cross over the United States and the state of Nebraska. But before it arrives, join the Nebraska History Museum for a Free Family Fun Day all about solar eclipses! All ages welcome between 2:00 pm-4:00 pm on Saturday, August 19th, to learn more about the solar eclipse, how to prepare for one, and how to protect your eyes during the eclipse. Make a solar eclipse model, do fun eclipse experiments, and more!

For more details, Judy Keetle, 402-471-4757 or judy.keetle@nebraska.gov

The Skidi Pawnee: People of the Stars

Date: Sunday, August 20, 2017 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm
Time: 2:00pm to 3:30pm
Location: Nebraska History Museum

Chief Pat Leading Fox of the Pawnee Tribe of Oklahoma shares Skidi Pawnee creation stories and cosmology. In advance of the solar eclipse, learn more about the people who called Nebraska home for centuries and their view of the world. Reception to follow presentation. Free admission. Funded in part by Humanities Nebraska. 402-471-4782

South Vietnamese troops fly over the Mekong Delta-The Vietnam War

The Vietnam War: Lunch and Learns

Date: Wednesday, August 16, 2017 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm, Wednesday, August 23, 2017 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm, Wednesday, August 30, 2017 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm, Wednesday, September 6, 2017 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Time: 12:00pm to 1:00pm, 12:00pm to 1:00pm, 12:00pm to 1:00pm, 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Location: Nebraska History Museum

Nebraska's PBS & NPR Stations invite you to attend a preview screening of The Vietnam War, a film by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick. Following the one-hour preview screening a Vietnam War veteran will be on hand for discussion.

Sharon Kennedy, 402-271-4545 or sharon.kennedy@nebraska.gov

South Vietnamese troops fly over the Mekong Delta-The Vietnam War

The Vietnam War: Lunch and Learns

Date: Wednesday, August 16, 2017 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm, Wednesday, August 23, 2017 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm, Wednesday, August 30, 2017 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm, Wednesday, September 6, 2017 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Time: 12:00pm to 1:00pm, 12:00pm to 1:00pm, 12:00pm to 1:00pm, 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Location: Nebraska History Museum

Nebraska's PBS & NPR Stations invite you to attend a preview screening of The Vietnam War, a film by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick. Following the one-hour preview screening a Vietnam War veteran will be on hand for discussion.

Sharon Kennedy, 402-271-4545 or sharon.kennedy@nebraska.gov

South Vietnamese troops fly over the Mekong Delta-The Vietnam War

The Vietnam War: Lunch and Learns

Date: Wednesday, August 16, 2017 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm, Wednesday, August 23, 2017 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm, Wednesday, August 30, 2017 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm, Wednesday, September 6, 2017 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Time: 12:00pm to 1:00pm, 12:00pm to 1:00pm, 12:00pm to 1:00pm, 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Location: Nebraska History Museum

Nebraska's PBS & NPR Stations invite you to attend a preview screening of The Vietnam War, a film by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick. Following the one-hour preview screening a Vietnam War veteran will be on hand for discussion.

Sharon Kennedy, 402-271-4545 or sharon.kennedy@nebraska.gov

Kennard House graphic

Archeology at the Thomas P. Kennard House

Date: Saturday, September 9, 2017 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Time: 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Location: Kennard House 1627 H Street Lincoln NE

 

Meet an Archeologist from the Nebraska State Historical Society

Participate in a live archeological dig at the Kennard House

See artifacts excavated from the Kennard House

Take a tour of the Nebraska Statehood Memorial and learn about the first Secretary of State

Enjoy Victorian Games

various images of famous Nebraskans

Brown Bag Lecture Series

Date: Thursday, September 21, 2017 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Time: 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Location: Nebraska History Museum

 

Famous Nebraskans You've Never Heard Of

Learn about the many Nebraskans who have contributed to our State's legacy, some who are famous outside our state but less known to Nebraskans.

Archeology of the Sand Hills and High Plains

Date: Saturday, September 23, 2017 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Time: 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Location: Custer County Museum, 445 South 9th Avenue, Broken Bow, NE 68822

 

Celebrate Nebraska Archeology Month at the Custer County Historical Society and Museum! Nebraska State Historical Society Archeologist Rob Bozell will present an illustrated talk on the "Archeology of the Sand Hills and High Plains" on Saturday, September 23 at 1:00 p.m.

Have an artifact you would more information about? The public is encouraged to bring in arrowheads or other archeological objects for identification.

This event is sponsored by the Nebraska State Historical Society. 

Nebraska Archeology Month is organized by the Nebraska Association of Professional Archeologists.

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History Bike Ride

Date: Sunday, September 24, 2017 - 1:00pm to 3:30pm
Time: 1:00pm to 3:30pm
Location: Thomas P. Kennard House

Join us for a bike ride tour of Lincoln's 19th Century Homes. Meet at the Kennard House at 1627 H Street. Cost is $15, $10 for NSHS members. Refreshments included. Must be 16 or older to participate. To register: ne.gov/go/historybiketour

 

 

Archeology of the Sand Hills and High Plains

Date: Sunday, September 24, 2017 - 1:30pm to 3:30pm
Time: 1:30pm to 3:30pm
Location: Knight Museum, 908 Yellowstone Avenue, Alliance, NE 69301

 

Celebrate Nebraska Archeology Month at the Knight Museum in Alliance! Nebraska State Historical Society Archeologist Rob Bozell will present an illustrated talk on the "Archeology of the Sand Hills and High Plains" on Sunday, September 24 at 1:30 p.m.

Have an artifact you would more information about? The public is encouraged to bring in arrowheads or other archeological objects for identification.

This event is sponsored by the Nebraska State Historical Society. 

Nebraska Archeology Month is organized by the Nebraska Association of Professional Archeologists.

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Nebraska History Book Club

Date: Friday, September 29, 2017 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Time: 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Location: Nebraska History Museum

Every 4th Friday, join us at the Nebraska History Museum for our monthly Nebraska History Book Club. Everyone is welcome, whether you have read the book or not!

Bring your lunch and join us for a discussion of The Bones of Paradise by Jonis Agee.

Questions? Contact judy.keetle@nebraska.gov or 402-471-4757

Noon Bites

Date: Monday, October 2, 2017 - 12:00pm to 12:15pm
Time: 12:00pm to 12:15pm
Location: Nebraska History Museum

Lunchtime is precious. Before you grab a bite to eat, stop by the Nebraska History Museum for a quick bite of history! In 15 minutes, we will share a fascinating story about Nebraska History.

On Monday, October 2nd, Carter Hulinksy, Media Technician at Lincoln High School and Cold War aficionado, will talk about the Cold War Civil Defense Program in Nebraska, including the Nebraska Survival Project and the status of Civil Defense in Lincoln during the Cuban Missile Crisis. 

 

Kalamity Kate and Churley's Puppets

First Friday

Date: Friday, October 6, 2017 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm
Time: 5:00pm to 7:00pm
Location: Nebraska History Museum

 

View the new exhibit Don't Touch That Dial: Kalamity Kate and the Churley Puppets

Join Leta Powell Drake and George Churley for stories and discussion at 5:30 p.m.

Enjoy refreshments

FREE!

2017 Annual Awards Gala and Meeting

Date: Thursday, October 12, 2017 - 5:30pm to 8:00pm
Time: 5:30pm to 8:00pm
Location: Kaneko, 1111 Jones St, Omaha, NE 68102

 

Celebrate Nebraskans efforts to preserve the history of our great state! Join the Nebraska State Historical Society as we honor those that have gone above and beyond to support our mission. This year, we focus our attention on Omaha and the historical significance the city has played, including a special recognition of former Omaha city planning director Marty Shukert. 

The evening will include a cocktail buffet, award presentations, desserts, and a special presentation from Marty Shukert.

Attendants will also be allowed to view the galleries at KANEKO, including art created by Jun Kaneko. A member of the KANEKO staff will be on hand to answer questions and share the history behind the building. Nebraska State Historical Society Associate Directors will also be available to talk about their respective areas and their importance to Nebraska.

Award recipients

2017 Robert W. Furnas Memorial Award – City of Lincoln/LNKTV and John Strope of Lincoln, NE

2017 Addison E. Sheldon Memorial Award – Eugene Cromwell of Genoa, NE and Paul Orman of Maywood, NE

2017 James L. Sellers Memorial Award – Jim Potter of Lincoln, NE (posthumously)

2017 Nebraska Preservation Award – Willa Cather Foundation and Mark and Vera Mercer of Omaha, NE

Placemaker-History Maker Award - Martin "Marty" Shukert of Omaha, NE

Fill out the form below OR click this link to purchase tickets to the event.

No Refunds on ticket purchases.

 

NSHS Board of Trustees Meeting

Date: Friday, October 13, 2017 - 9:00am to 12:45pm
Time: 9:00am to 12:45pm
Location: Criss Conference Room, Durham Museum, 801 S. 10th Street, Omaha, NE

PUBLIC NOTICE: The Nebraska State Historical Society (NSHS) Board of Trustees will meet as a group October 12, 5:30pm – 8:00pm, at Kaneko, 1111 Jones St, Omaha, NE. They will meet as a board to conduct business October 13 from 8:30am -12pm, at The Durham Museum, 801 S. 10th, Omaha, NE.  The current agenda and itinerary are available during normal business hours by contacting the Nebraska State Historical Society, PO Box 82554, Lincoln, NE 68501 or call 402-471-3272. If special accommodations are needed, please contact the NSHS prior to the scheduled meeting date.

cover of The Mystery of Pheasants

Hour at the Museum

Date: Tuesday, October 17, 2017 - 10:00am to 11:00am
Time: 10:00am to 11:00am
Location: Nebraska History Museum

 

See a mounted ring-necked pheasant

Learn facts about pheasants

Enjoy coloring sheets of pheasants

Do a pheasant word search

See related items in the exhibits

Brown Bag History Lecture Series, Nebraskeños: How Latino Generations Continue Building Belonging in 'the Good Life' State

Date: Thursday, October 19, 2017 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Time: 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Location: Nebraska History Museum

This presentation by Lissette Aliaga-Linares and Thomas Sanchez will combine demography and history to analyze the different scenarios for community building among the Hispanic/Latino population in Nebraska from 1940-1980 and 2000-2015, and will discuss the different

social contexts that are giving rise to a new momentum for the Hispanic/Latino second generation.

 

A Celebration of Nebraska Books

2017 Celebration of Nebraska Books

Date: Saturday, October 21, 2017 - 2:30pm to 6:30pm
Time: 2:30pm to 6:30pm
Location: Nebraska History Museum

The celebration, free and open to the public, features presentations of the Nebraska Center for the Book's 2017 Nebraska Book Awards, Mildred Bennett Award, and Jane Geske Award. The 2017 One Book One Nebraska book selection, "Black Elk Speaks" by John G. Neihardt will be featured, with a presentation by Timothy G. Anderson. An Awards Reception honoring the winning authors, book signings, and an announcement of the 2018 One Book One Nebraska book choice will conclude the festivities. 



The celebration's purpose is to remind us all of the literary and intellectual traditions that enrich our lives and mold our world. 



The Nebraska Center for the Book Annual Meeting will be held at 1:30 p.m., just prior to the celebration. 

Schedule 
1:30 p.m. Nebraska Center for the Book Annual Meeting
2:30 p.m. Welcome to the Celebration of Nebraska Books
2:45 p.m. 2017 One Book One Nebraska Presentation Celebrating Black Elk Speaks, by John G. Neihardt. Presentation by Timothy Anderson
3:30 p.m. 2017 Jane Geske Award Presentation
3:45 p.m. 2017 Mildred Bennett Award Presentation
4:00 p.m. 2017 Nebraska Book Awards Presentation and Readings by Winning Authors
5:30 p.m. 2018 One Book One Nebraska Announcement, Awards Reception and Book Signing
6:30 p.m. Closing

The 2017 Celebration of Nebraska Books is sponsored by the Nebraska Center for the BookNebraska Library Commission, and Nebraska State Historical Society—with hospitality furnished by Friends of University of Nebraska Press and Humanities Nebraska supporting the One Book One Nebraska presentation. For more information visit the Nebraska Center for the Book website at http://centerforthebook.nebraska.gov/programs/celebration.html
or the Facebook pages of the Nebraska Center for the BookNebraska Library Commission, and One Book One Nebraska.

Day of the Dead design by Eagle Printing

Dia de los Muertos

Date: Sunday, November 5, 2017 - 1:00pm to 4:30pm
Time: 1:00pm to 4:30pm
Location: Nebraska History Museum

Experience Dia de los Muertos in downtown Lincoln with ofrendas (traditional memorial displays), storytelling, mariachi music, traditional Mexican folkloric dance, face painting, art making, refreshments and more. Pick up your passport pamphlet at any of the locations where activities are occurring. Get a stamp at every location and enter a prize drawing.

Beginning at 1:00 p.m. is a Mayor’s Proclamation ceremony on the north steps of the State Capitol where ofrendas will also be on view. The day concludes at UNL’s Student Union (Centennial Room) from 5:00-7:00 p.m. where there will be ofrendas, song and dance performances, refreshments and a passport prize drawing. 

Dia de los Muertos is an official Nebraska Statehood 150 event. Participating groups include: Latino-American Commission, Lincoln Commission on Human Rights, Lincoln City Libraries, Mourning Hope Grief Center, Nebraska History Museum in partnership with Lux Center for the Arts and the Mexican American Historical Society of the Midlands, Nebraska Folklife Network, Lincoln Children’s Museum, UNL Mexican American Student Association, El Centro de las Americas, and the Downtown Lincoln Association. Artist support is provided by Humanities Nebraska and Nebraska Arts Council. Promotional materials are courtesy of Eagle Printing.

Schedule of Activities:

Nebraska State Capitol 1445 K Street: proclamation at 1:00 p.m. and ofrendas 1:00-5:00 p.m.

Nebraska Folk Life Network: Performances by Mariachi Zapata and Fiesta Mexicana of the Heartland dancers 2:00-4:30 p.m. on the third floor of the Nebraska History Museum (131 Centennial Mall North).

Bennett Martin Public Library 136 S 14th Street: Family story times at 2:00 and 4:00 p.m., skull-making crafts, full-size La Catrina, and ofrenda in remembrance of Nebraska authors.

Mourning Hope Grief Center: Letter writing and mask making at the Lincoln Children’s Museum from 2:00-4:00 pm.

Nebraska History Museum, Centennial Mall at P Street (131 Centennial Mall North): Artist-led artmaking activities and ofrendas 1:00-4:30 p.m.  In partnership with Lux Center for the Arts and Mexican American Historical Society of the Midlands. Supported by Humanities Nebraska. Music and dance on third floor 2:00 – 4:30 pm.

Lincoln Children’s Museum 1420 P Street: face painting and dance performances every half hour 2:00- 4:00 p.m. Mourning Hope sponsored letter writing and mask making.

Mexican American Student Association at UNL Nebraska Union 1400 R Street: ofrendas, song and dance performances, refreshments and passport prize drawing 5:00- 7:00 p.m. Activities will be in the Centennial Room of the UNL Student Union and are held in partnership with El Centro de las Americas of Lincoln.

photo of Halligan Dollhouse, Nebraska History Museum

Noon Bites

Date: Monday, November 6, 2017 - 12:00pm to 12:15pm
Time: 12:00pm to 12:15pm
Location: Nebraska History Museum

 

Enjoy a Nebraska History story for 15 minutes over the noon hour!

Hear the story of the Halligan Dollhouse built by a Nebraska carpenter during the Depression years. The Halligans' granddaughter Lelsie Childs will share her childhood memories of this amazing house. 

Feel free to bring your lunch and stay for discussion afterward.

 

19th century color lithograph showing a covered wagon crossing the prairie

Looking at Manifest Destiny

Date: Wednesday, November 15, 2017 - 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Time: 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Location: Nebraska History Museum

Join Nancy Gillis for an examination of "Manifest Destiny" and its impact on Nebraskans, both native and immigrant. The free public talk is offered in conjunction with the traveling exhibit, Imprinting the West: Manifest Destiny, Real and Imagined, on exhibit from November 13-January 8. Of Cherokee and Choctaw heritage, Nancy was the executive director at the NSHS's John G. Neihardt State Historic Site and offers talks on Nebraska tribes and settlement through the Humanities Nebraska speakers' bureau.

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Brown Bag Lecture Series - The Plains Tribes & The Homestead Act

Date: Thursday, November 16, 2017 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Time: 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Location: Nebraska History Museum

Bring your lunch to the Nebraska History Museum and discover more about our state's story. 

This month, learn about the positive and negative changes brought to the Native Tribes of the Great Plains including political, economic, spiritual, and other cultural components as a result of influential legislation in 1862.

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70's Boogie Night

Date: Thursday, November 16, 2017 - 6:30pm to 9:00pm
Time: 6:30pm to 9:00pm
Location: Nebraska History Museum

Join us for a 70's Boogie Night Live and In Color! Hear music by Gettin' Hipper Fun Bunch, enjoy food and drink, take a VIP tour of artifacts and partake in TV Trivia. 

Wear your bell bottoms!

Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door (Includes 1 drink compliments of NSHS Foundation)

Register at ne.gov/go/70sBoogieNight

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