History Nebraska

Past Events

Fort Robinson Infantry & Cavalry Demonstrations

The Fort Robinson History Center, in cooperation with the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, is sponsoring three days of historical re-enactments at Fort Robinson State ...

Brown Bag Lecture – Unexpected Union: Two Families in WW1

Historian Gail Blankenau will explore the experiences of two men — one American and one German — who fought in the infantry on opposite sides of what George F. ...

Brown Bag Lecture – Mexican-American Family Stories

Hispanics make up 10% of Nebraska's population, but their historical presence remains largely invisible. UNL professor Isabel Velázquez and graduate ...

Brown Bag Lecture – Sandhills Archeology

During the past three years, History Nebraska staff and University of Nebraska-Lincoln students have inspected 8,500 acres of the Nebraska Sand Hills and have found over ...

Brown Bag Lecture — Auto Racing in Nebraska

As the automobile went from a curious fad to an essential tool in the early 20th century, young Nebraskans began to test the limits of what the machines could do. ...

Noon History Bites: Unseen Side of Quilts

Nebraska History Museum curator Laura Mooney joins us for a short talk on what many of us never see on our favorite quilts: the quilt back.

Free Family Fun Day: Color Quest

  Join us at the Nebraska History Museum for another free day of family fun with History Nebraska! Take part in a community quilt or create your very own pinwheel. ...

Brown Bag: Chief Standing Bear’s Journey for Justice

Don't miss this month's Brown Bag Lecture! Join us at noon for UNL professor Joe Starita's talk on Chief Standing Bear's landmark legal case that established for the ...

Noon History Bites

Jamison Wyatt joins us to talk about one of Nebraska's most famous authors, Mari Sandoz, and her book, Old Jules, on display at the Nebraska History Museum. Wyatt ...

Victorian Free Family Fun Day

  Enjoy an immersive Victorian experience in the Thomas Kennard House (1627 H St, Lincoln, NE) at our Victorian Free Family Fun Day! Be one of the ...

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Celebration

  Join us at the Nebraska History Museum for a FREE special after-hours event celebrating Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, presented in partnership ...

Brown Bag Lecture: More Famous Nebraskans You’ve Never Heard Of

  We all know many names of Nebraskans who have made our state as wonderful as it is. In this month's Brown Bag Lecture, we'll be learning about Nebraskans who are ...
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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