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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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                    1155 Q St. | Tues. - Sat. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

             Homefront & Battlefield!

Quilts and Context in the Civil War
           February 3-June 27, 2015

           Personal stories, objects, and images from the most divisive
                                     period of American history

                                                      FREE ADMISSION


Preservation: Plain and Simple 

Friday, May 1, 2015 at the Holiday Inn Lincoln - Downtown

 Join with preservation advocates for practical information you can use on (pdf)

* masonry cleaning and patching
* wood window repair
* brick street preservation
* community preservation plans
* much more!

Pre-conference reception at the historic Grand Manse April 30.

Day-long conference May 1. Full program and registration at or contact 



Hour at the Museum

The Nebraska History Museum-on-the-Move

In the NSHS Headquarters building1500 R Street
* Just two blocks north of the Nebraska History Museum
Tuesday, March 10th, 2015 10:00-11:00am


*Hear Have You Seen Mary? by Jeff Kurrus
*Enjoy coloring pages of sandhill cranes
*Learn about sandhill cranes
*Make origami cranes



Free Family Fun Day

The Nebraska History Museum-on-the-Move

In the NSHS Headquarters building1500 R Street
* Just two blocks north of the Nebraska History Museum
Saturday, March 14, 2015 2:00-4:00


Celebrate TT day - 3.1415......

o This is a perfect day to celebrate pi day because the first five digits are March, 14, 2015 (3.1415).
o TT is the number of times a circle's diameter will fit around its circumference.
o formulas using TT: C= TTd, C=2TTr and C/d=TT

                     o Hear Sir Cumference and the Dragon of TT a story about the discovery of TT
                     o Make a paper TT chain (each loop with a digit of pi)
                     o Measure circular objects
                     o Fashion a TT bracelet
                     o Create TT posters
                     o Learn about the importance of circles to Native Americans


Hours at the Museum

The Nebraska History Museum-on-the-Move

Hear a book about Nebraska and/or the Plains
every Tuesday 10:00 a.m -11:00 a.m.
May 27 though August 11, 2015


Brown Bag Lunch
Brown Bag Lecture Series Forum

            The Sheldon Museum of Art: Past and Present
       Presenter: Sharon Kennedy, Sheldon Director of Education

                             Schedule: 12 Noon, Thursday, March 19, 2015

                                                                           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


Sunday Afternoon at The Rock 2015
An educational series presented by the Nebraska State Historical Society..

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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