Thomas P. Kennard State Historic Site

Built by Nebraska’s first secretary of state, the Kennard House is the oldest remaining building in Lincoln’s original plat. It was restored as the Nebraska Statehood Memorial to celebrate our centennial in 1867. Victorian furnishings and exhibits interpret life in a new capital in a new state. Tours available year-round.

Thomas P. Kennard house

Old photo of the Thomas P. Kennard house

Temporarily closed due to renovations.

 

Picture of old pans and pitchers

Nebraska's statehood memorial is temporarily closed fall of 2017 for much-needed critical exterior repairs. Thanks for your patience as repair this 148-year-old treasure!

 

Black and white photo of the Thomas P. Kennard house

We regret tours are not available during the fall of 2017 as critical exterior repairs are underway. Feel free to call 402-471-4445 for updates and to book 2018 tours.

1627 H Street

Lincoln, NE

Portrait of Thomas P. Kennard

Thomas P. Kennard State Historic Site

PO Box 82554

Lincoln, NE 68501-2554

402-471-4445

sharon.kennedy@nebraska.gov

Kennard House as being used by the Delta Upsilon Fraternity House, 1915

The House and its Many Lives

Thomas P. Kennard built this house as a symbol of hope. In 1869, it was one of the first significant structures built   in the new capital of Nebraska, Lincoln. To create confidence in the new city, the house was built in the elaborate Italianate Style designed by Chicago architect John. K. Winchell. After the house was sold in 1887 it had several new lives: single family residence, fraternity or sorority house, boarding house and private boys’ home.

New tenants brought changes to the original design. In 1923 the original kitchen-dining room and bedroom wing was demolished and a new kitchen was reworked into the remaining structure.

In 1965 a bill was passed to designate the house as the “Nebraska Statehood Memorial”.  The NSHS was appointed to restore the house and interpret the hopes for a new capital in a new state it represents.

(Photo: Kennard House as being used by the Delta Upsilon Fraternity House, 1915)

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