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Marvin F. Kivett
Marvin F. Kivett, shown here presenting a prehistoric stone tool to Governor Victor Anderson in the late 1950s, directed the Society museum before becoming Society director in 1963.

During Kivett's administration, the Society extended its operations across the state and by 1980 was responsible for twenty-seven structures and 225 acres of land.

Chimney Rock
Chimney Rock National Historic Site, Bayard

Kennard House
Thomas P. Kennard House/Nebraska Statehood Memorial, Lincoln

Neligh Mill
Neligh Mill State Historic Site, Neligh

George W. Norris  House
Senator George W. Norris State Historic Site, McCook

Neihardt's study
Neihardt's study at the John G. Neihardt State Historic Site, Bancroft

Cather's childhood home,
Cather's childhood home, one of several structures at the Willa Cather State Historic Site, Red Cloud

guardhouse and adjutant's office
The reconstructed 1874 guardhouse and adjutant's office at Fort Robinson, near Crawford

Courthouse and Jail Rocks
Courthouse and Jail Rocks, Bridgeport

Historic Preservation in Nebraska
The federal Historic Preservation Act of 1966 brought the Society new responsibilities when the legislature designated it to administer the State Historic Preservation Office. The office issued its first report on Nebraska's historic sites in 1971.


Since 1987 historic building surveys have been published for seventy Nebraska counties.

Great Platte River Road
Publishing has always been an important Society activity. In 1969 the Society published the award-winning Great Platte River Road, by trail historian Merrill J. Mattes.

heritage center
By the 1970s the Society had outgrown the R Street building and began planning a new heritage center south of the capitol.

museum
Instead of funding construction of the heritage center, the legislature in 1979 purchased the former Lincoln Elks Club at Fifteenth and P streets as the new home for the Society's museum. After renovation, the museum opened to the public in the fall of 1983. Other Society activities remained at 1500 R Street.
Rendering by Robert Hanna, for the Clark Enersen Partners, Lincoln.

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