History Nebraska

Past Events

Then and Now: Travel and Transportation

  Geography has always guided the movements and histories of people. The location of rivers, passes, valleys, and mountains encouraged or discouraged travel. ...

Noon History Bites

The use of pottery was a technological breakthrough, protecting food from the elements and allowing it to be stored longer. Nebraska State Historical Society Highway ...

Brown Bag Lecture – Japanese Nebraskans in the North Platte Valley, 1900-Present

  The North Platte Valley Japanese community has been around since 1900, yet most have lived almost their entire lives under that radar. They could not become ...

Brown Bag Lecture – Freedom North: Uncovering the Civil rights Movement in Omaha

  What did the black freedom movement of the 1960s look like in Nebraska? Patrick D. Jones, Associate Professor of History and Ethnic Studies at UNL, will draw on ...

Nebraska Historic Preservation Conference

Spend the day gathering ideas, solutions and inspiration to restore and preserve older homes and buildings. The Nebraska Historic Preservation Conference, March 2, at ...

First Friday Opening Reception

  View the new exhibit What We Carried: Lincoln, a collaborative photo storytelling project of the Yazidi community and photographer Jim Lommasson. Enjoy ...

Brown Bag Lecture Series – Century-Old Time Capsule Exposes Forgotten NU Histories

On May 12, 2014, the Avery Hall cornerstone on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln campus was chiseled open to retrieve the time capsule inside. This capsule contained a ...

Free Family Fun Day: Welsh Culture

  Hear "Tales from Wales" with Welsh storytellers Enjoy Welsh music Play games and enjoy Welsh crafts Sip on tea and indulge in traditional Welsh tea ...

Community Dialogue

  Join Pa Naw Dee, co-founder and President of the Karen Society of Nebraska, for a presentation and community dialogue. The Karen Society of Nebraska's ...

Science Cafe-After Hours Panel Discussion

  Recovering Nebraska’s Indian Boarding School Past: The Genoa School Digital Reconciliation Project Panel Discussion led by UNL Professor of History Margaret ...

Free Family Fun Day: Irish Culture

  Learn about and celebrate Irish culture on St. Patrick's Day! Enjoy a traditional performance by the Lincoln Irish Dancers at 2pm. Create Irish related crafts ...

Community Dialogue

  Join members of the Lincoln Yazidi community, the largest in the United States, for a conversation at the Nebraska History Museum. Learn about their ...
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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Latest Hall of Fame Inductee

The Nebraska Hall of Fame was established in 1961 to officially recognize prominent Nebraskans.

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Nebraska Collections
History Nebraska's mission is to collect, preserve, and open our shared history to all Nebraskans.
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Discover the real places and people of our past at these History Nebraska sites.

Our YouTube Video Collection

Get a closer look at Nebraska's history through your own eyes, with our extensive video collections.

Additional Research Resources

History Nebraska Research and Reference Services help connect you to the material we collect and preserve.
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Make a cash donation to help us acquire, preserve, and interpret Nebraska’s history. Gifts to History Nebraska help leave a legacy and may help your taxes, too! Support the work of History Nebraska by donating to the History Nebraska Foundation today.

Volunteers are the heroes of History Nebraska. So much history, so little time! Your work helps us share access to Nebraska’s stories at our museums and sites, the reference room, and online.