History Nebraska

Past Events

Free Family Fun Day – Solar Eclipses!

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 ...

Brown Bag Lecture Series: Creative Nebraskans

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 ...

The Vietnam War: Lunch and Learns

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 ...

Brown Bag Lecture Series: Struggles and Survival in the Sandhills

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.

Summer Kids’ Class: Playful Puppets and Their Puppeteers

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

Summer Kids’ Class: Etiquette for a Proper 1867 Lady

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 ...

Summer Kids’ Class: Etiquette for a Proper 1867 Lady

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, ...

Summer Kids’ Class

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 ...

Summer Kids’ Class: Building a Model 1867 Sod House

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 ...
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.
Explore Nebraska
Discover the real places and people of our past at these History Nebraska sites.

Upcoming Events

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The work we do to discover, preserve, and share Nebraska's history wouldn't be possible without the support of History Nebraska members.

Latest Hall of Fame Inductee

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

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The work we do to discover, preserve, and share Nebraska's history wouldn't be possible without the support of History Nebraska members.
Nebraska Collections
History Nebraska's mission is to collect, preserve, and open our shared history to all Nebraskans.
Explore Nebraska
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.
Support History Nebraska
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.