Current Nebraska History Museum Exhibits
August 18, 2017 – June 16, 2018
See Flash T. Horse, Little Reggie, and other puppet pals that were featured on TV’s "Kalamity Kate’s Cartoon Corral" and hundreds of live performances in the 1970s! Video clips and Kate's costume and wig connect you to this local programming that was not only an award-winner, but just plain fun!
January 26th, 2018 - May 25, 2018
A collaborative photographic storytelling project comprising the Yazidi community and photographer Jim Lommasson. Lommasson, who worked with Nebraska Mosaic, a class in the UNL College of Journalism and the Yazidi community, asked the Yazidis to share an item they brought with them on their journey from Northern Iraq to the United States. See these photographs and the stories of the Yazidi immigration to Lincoln.
Mid-century moments captured by a husband and wife team. Headline news shots, including a nuclear bomb test and the arrest of mass-murderer Charles Starkweather let you witness events first hands. Slices of life from 1950s-60s show Nebraska in the baby boom days.
History Learning Center
Ongoing Docent Led
Experience Nebraska History through our docent-led educational adventure! Discover more about the first Nebraskans, cowboy life in Nebraska, early pioneers, and much more.
Mugshot photography revolutionized crime investigations after its adoption in the mid-1800s, replacing the usual drawings and descriptions. The Nebraska State Penitentiary began using mugshots in 1867 to record the likeness of the state's most infamous residents. Whether the people depicted were guilty or innocent, behind every photograph is a human story. Discover some of those stories with this selection of over 30 historic Nebraska mugshots.
Robert Merchant served in the Air Force from 1924-1945, working primarily as an aerial photographer. He documented several attacks, battles, and rescue missions both in the air and on the ground. This graciously donated collection of over 300 photos allow us to glimpse life in the Army Air Forces during World War II, all from the perspective of a young man from Wayne, Nebraska.
The photographs of Solomon D Butcher have been used to study the homesteading experience for 50 years, but now, advanced digital imaging technology offers us a way to see these photos like never before. Utilizing this technology, we have been able to uncover details that have not been seen since these photos were first taken. Look through this small collection of photos for examples of the incredible things we have been able to uncover.
Nebraska photographer Solomon D. Butcher produced, over the course of nearly forty years, a record of the settlement of the Great Plains that is both unique and remarkable. This iconic collection comprises 3,300 glass plate negatives crafted between 1886 and 1912 has been used to tell the story of the Great Plains for nearly 40 years.
The chaos of World War II brought devastation to France, but supplies from the United States helped to ease that pain somewhat. To show their appreciation for American generosity, French citizens gathered 49 boxcars -- one for each state at the time -- and filled them with gifts. Nebraska's boxcar arrived on February 13, 1949, and was filled with all sorts of toys, household items, art, and personal items.
Hide paintings, ledger drawings, diaries, autograph albums, scrapbooks, photograph albums, memory quilts, and home movies from the collections of the Nebraska State Historical Society.