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The Nebraska History Museum will be closed for renovation beginning September 1, 2014 and is expected to be closed throughout 2015.



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 Free Family Workshop!
Saturday, December 13, 2014 2:00-4:00 PM

Celebrate A Pioneer Christmas

 *Listen to pioneer music and Christmas carols
 *Create pioneer decorations to take home
 *Enjoy a pioneer house dance
 *Make pioneer gifts for family and friends


                                                Supplies provided
                                          No reservations necessary
                                                Drop in!



Brown Bag Lunch
Brown Bag Lecture Series Forum

Archaeology Q&A

Presenter: A presentation by Highway Archaeologist Nolan Johnson

Schedule: 12 Noon, Thursday, December 18th, 2014

                            Join us at
          City County Building, Room 303
5 CITY-TV Studios, 555 S 10th St. (PDF flyer)

      Nebraska History Museum-on-the-Move
                           in the NSHS Headquarters building
                                             1500 R Street



 Hour at the Museum!
Tuesday, December 23, 2014 10:00-11:00 AM

Hear One Splendid Tree by Marilyn Helmer

 *See WWII posters and photographs
 *Try on WWII uniforms
 *Make paper snowlfakes
 *Enjoy coloring sheets

                                          Supplies provided
                                       No reservations necessary
                                              Drop in!



 Hour at the Museum!
Tuesday, December 30, 2014 10:00-11:00 AM

Hear A Boy Becomes a Man at Wounded Knee by Ted Wood
with Wanbli Numpa Afraid of Hawk

 *Learn about the Wounded Knee tragedy of December 29, 1890
 *See photographs and maps
 *Enjoy a coloring page of the Big Foot Memorial Ride Route



                                                 Supplies provided
                                              No reservations necessary
                                                Drop in!


 Free Family Fun Day!
Saturday, January 3, 2015 2:00-4:00 PM

Celebrate National Bird Day

 *Learn about birds    *Start your bird life list
 *Make a bird feeder *Create a bird costume
 *Enjoy bird crafts     *Create a bird costume



                               Supplies provided
                                          No reservations necessary
                                                Drop in!



Sunday Afternoon at The Rock 2014
An educational series presented by the Nebraska State Historical Society..

 4 New Nebraska Timeline (Out of Old Nebraska) articles are now available on the website.

     Are horses faster than bicycles?
     Pedaling across Nebraska in 1895
     An embezzler caught
        Shot for trespassing


Award Ribbon
The Nebraska State Historical Society is Seeking Nominations (pdf) for Furnas, Olson, and Sheldon Awards

Annual awards recognize outstanding achievement in preserving, interpreting, and making available the history of Nebraska. Awards will be presented at the Nebraska State Historical Society's Annual Meeting on October 11, 2013.

"After the Indian Wars: People, Places, and Episodes": The Ninth Fort Robinson History Conference
, April 25-27, 2013, Fort Robinson State Park, Crawford, Nebraska. Pre-register by April 6. Read more at the NSHS blog , or click here for a registration form with program and speakers' list (PDF).

national register
Check the properties newly listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
Counties with newly listed properties are: Cass and Richardson.


Alvin Johnson selected for the Nebraska Hall of Fame (news release pdf)

Minutes of Meeting November 16, 2012

FREE Kids Activities at the Museum

Nebraska History Museum,15th & P Streets in downtown Lincoln.


2015 Landmark Catalog WEB.pdf


Director Michael J. Smith's remarks
for the dedication of the
Hall County Heritage Memorial

The Nebraska 1940 Census Index has just been released. Use it for free at FamilySearch. For further information about the 1940 Nebraska census see the NSHS blog titled The Release of the 1940 Census.

heritage tourism
A new report has been issued on heritage tourism in Nebraska.

View the executive report. (22M pdf)
View the full report. (5M pdf)


Virtual exhibit online

 John Falter
John Falter's Jazz Portraits

See the exhibit online


For the People:  Nebraska's New Deal Art
See the exhibit online

Beauty in Hard Times
   Depression Era Quilts in Nebraska
See the exhibit online

Norfolk Regional Center Cemetery Records
, 1888-1954  (pdf)
New record online, valuable to family historians.

Check out the new Probate Records Research at the Nebraska State Historical Society, recently added to the Library/Archives publication series.


Researching Your Nebraska Property
A "How To" manual for National Register and all other applications.

Nebraska History
Read complete Nebraska History articles online!

We're posting award-winning articles from past issues. Read about the brutal winter of 1948-49, the infamous Sheedy murder trial of 1891, or Sen. Ken Wherry's 1950s crusade to rid the government of homosexuals.... More than forty articles are posted so far.

Wyuka Cemetery Interments,
(Lincoln, Ne.) 1877 - Feb. 1881 "Those Who Slumber" (pdf)
These listings predate the Wyuka burial cards.

New Web Page
Access the  Nebraska Public Documents  web site, launched in October 2007. It includes reports from 1891 to 1929 and is a keyword searchable collection of digitized historic reports of Nebraska constitutional officers and state agencies.

New Web Page
Nebraska newspapers arranged by town name.
A new index in PDFs will help you find Nebraska newspapers on microfilm.


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