About Us

Administration

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 Director and CEO Trevor Jones. He is assisted by an administrative staff responsible for financial and personnel functions, museum store services, security, and facilities maintenance for History Nebraska.

Our Mission

History Nebraska collects, preserves, and opens to all, the histories we share.

Origins

History Nebraska was founded in 1878 to "encourage historical research and inquiry, spread historical information . . . and to embrace alike aboriginal and modern history." In 1883 it was designated a state institution and began receiving financial support from the legislature. Legislation in 1994 changed History Nebraska from a state institution to a state agency.

Governance

History Nebraska is governed by a fifteen-member board of trustees, twelve elected by History Nebraska members, and three appointed by the governor.

Institutional Values

Preservation: The preservation of Nebraska's past is the legacy of its people.
Public Service: History Nebraska exists to serve.
Trust: The History Nebraska collections are held in trust.
Excellence: History Nebraska adheres to the highest professional standards in everything it does.

For contact information for all departments, please click here.

 

 

What We Do

Archeology

Archeology is the Nebraska clearinghouse for prehistoric and historic sites, including those threatened by highway and other construction. Archeological resources are investigated under provisions of the National Historic Preservation Act.

Collections

The NSHS Collections Division collects, preserves, and provides access to materials that document the human history of Nebraska.

Conservation

The Gerald R. Ford Conservation Center, adjacent to the Ford Birthsite and Gardens, Omaha, provides modern laboratories for the conservation of historical documents, textiles, and museum objects.

Historic Preservation

The Society, whose director is state historic preservation officer, implements Nebraska's compliance with the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966. Related responsibilities include the Nebraska Historic Buildings Survey, the National Register of Historic Places program, archeological survey, review and compliance for federal undertakings, review of projects seeking preservation tax incentives, and local participation in historic preservation.

Interpretation and Education

Learn more through firsthand experiences with Nebraska objects, people, and places!  Engaging programs for all ages, innovative exhibits, and docent-led tours help our shared history unfold.

Publications

The division publishes a quarterly magazine, Nebraska History, and books and documents on Nebraska and Great Plains history.

Library/Archives

This division collects, manages, and preserves a wide spectrum of published and unpublished documentary materials, and provides access to them.

How To Be Involved

Become a Member

Being a member is the easiest way to be involved in our mission to preserve and share our state's rich history. Find out how!

Volunteer 

Volunteers work with staff members to support our mission.

Start your Career

Keep an eye on job listings!

History Nebraska Building

Hours and Location

History Nebraska Headquarters (Map)
1500 R Street, Lincoln, NE 68508
8:00am - 5:00pm Monday - Friday
10:00am - 4:00pm Saturday (reference room only; offices closed)
Office number: 402-471-3270
 

Library / Reference Room Hours:
1500 R Street, Lincoln, NE, 68508
Tuesday - Friday 10:00am - 4:00pm
Saturday 10:00am - 4:00pm, limited service
Closed Sunday and Monday
Phone: 402-471-4751

Events

September 29, 2018 to September 30, 2018
9:00am to 5:00pm

Red Cloud Agency Community Dig

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Uncover history at Red Cloud Agency with our History Nebraska archeologists! Join us for a weekend community...

September 29, 2018
7:00pm to 9:00pm

Archeology Open House

Illustrated talks will present the findings of recent archeological work conducted in Sioux County and the Sand Hills....

September 30, 2018
2:00pm to 4:00pm

Fort Robinson Free Family Fun Day

Join us at the Fort Robinson Veterinary Hospital for another free day of archeological family fun with History Nebraska...

Yearly memberships start at $32

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