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Mari Sandoz
The museum, located on the first floor, employed the latest in exhibit techniques, where each case highlighted selected artifacts to tell a story. Here Nebraska author Mari Sandoz views an exhibit on the Oglala Lakota Crazy Horse.

These models were used to design new exhibits.

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The Society was considered an innovator in the way it constructed the exhibits.

period rooms
The building's "period rooms" on the second floor were full-sized re-creations reflecting different eras in Nebraska history. Here Museum Director Marvin Kivett (center) and staff construct a sod house interior.

The museum also used dioramas, such as this one showing "Wild Bill" Hickok shooting David McCanles at Rock Creek Station in 1861. Hickok's rifle was displayed nearby.

The rotunda provided a timeline of Nebraska history.

A painting of Courthouse and Jail Rocks by Nebraska artist Charles Simmons overlooked the first floor reception desk.

trading post logs
For the first time some of the larger objects in the collections, such as logs salvaged from Peter Sarpy's Bellevue trading post, could be displayed. Here a docent from the Junior League of Lincoln leads a tour for school children.


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