Nebraska Hall of Fame

Nebraska Hall of Fame

The Nebraska Hall of Fame was established in 1961 to officially recognize prominent Nebraskans. The Hall of Fame honors people who were born in Nebraska, who gained prominence while living in Nebraska, or whose residence in Nebraska was an important influence on their lives and contributed to their greatness. Busts of Hall of Fame members are displayed in the state capitol and other commission-approved locations.

The Nebraska Hall of Fame Commission, which has members appointed by the governor, names people to the Hall of Fame. Until 1996, the commission names one person every two years, with some occasional exceptions. Due to legislation passed in 1998, no more than one person can be added to the Hall of Fame every five years. That same legislation also requires that a person cannot be considered for the Hall of Fame until at least 35 years after their death.

For more information on the Nebraska Hall of Fame, please contact Jill Dolberg, Interim Director of History Nebraska and Secretary of the Nebraska Hall of Fame below:

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In accordance with the Open Meetings Act, the Nebraska Hall of Fame will meet at History Nebraska, 1500 R Street, Lincoln, NE 68508, and via Zoom video conference to conduct business on Tuesday, April 30, 2024, at 2:00 p.m. CDT. An agenda for this meeting can be requested by calling 402-471-6661.

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Malcolm X to be Inducted into Nebraska Hall of Fame on May 22, 2024

Lincoln, NE – 03/19/2024 – The Nebraska Hall of Fame is pleased to announce that Malcolm X will be inducted as the 27th member of the Nebraska Hall of Fame on Wednesday, May 22, 2024. The induction ceremony will take place in the Nebraska State Capitol Rotunda beginning at 1 pm, and a reception will follow.

The ceremony will feature special guests, including family members of Malcolm X, Malcolm X Foundation Executive Director JoAnna LeFlore-Ejike, Governor Jim Pillen, History Nebraska Interim Director Jill Dolberg, and members of the Nebraska Hall of Fame Commission.

LeFlore-Ejike is also the nominator for Malcolm X’s induction and says, “We’re thrilled to be a part of this historic induction of Malcolm X into the Nebraska Hall of Fame. This is an opportunity for not only the state of Nebraska to honor him but the entire nation. There is no greater time than now to celebrate his contributions as a human rights activist. Malcolm set the blueprint for us to live with courage and prepare the next generation to lead with integrity.”

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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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