Nebraska State Historical Society
1500 R Street,
P.O. Box 82554
Lincoln, Nebraska 68501-2554
(402)471-3270 or 1(800)833-6747
The Nebraska State Historical Society collects, preserves, and opens to all, the histories we share.
The Nebraska State Historical Society was founded in 1878 to "encourage historical research and inquiry, spread historical information . . . and to embrace alike aboriginal and modern history." In 1883 the Society was designated a state institution and began receiving financial support from the legislature. Legislation in 1994 changed the Society from a state institution to a state agency.
The Society is governed by a fifteen-member board of trustees, twelve elected by the members of the Society, and three appointed by the governor.
- Preservation: The preservation of Nebraska's past is the legacy of its people.
- Public Service: The NSHS exists to serve.
- Trust: The NSHS collections are held in trust.
- Excellence: The NSHS adheres to the highest professional standards in everything it does.
What We Do
The division is the Nebraska clearinghouse for prehistoric and historic sites, including those threatened by highway and other construction. Archeological resources are investigated under provisions of the National Historic Preservation Act.
Location: 1420 P St., Lincoln
The Gerald R. Ford Conservation Center, adjacent to the Ford Birthsite and Gardens, Omaha, provides modern laboratories for the conservation of historical documents, textiles, and museum objects.
Location: 1326 S. 32nd St., Omaha
The Society, whose director is state historic preservation officer, implements Nebraska's compliance with the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966. Related responsibilities include the Nebraska Historic Buildings Survey, the National Register of Historic Places program, archeological survey, review and compliance for federal undertakings, review of projects seeking preservation tax incentives, and local participation in historic preservation.
Location: 1420 P St., Lincoln
Research and Publications
The division publishes a quarterly magazine, Nebraska History, and books and documents on Nebraska and Great Plains history.
Location: 1500 R St., Lincoln
Landmark stores offer books on Nebraska and Plains history and Nebraska products.
This division collects, manages, and preserves a wide spectrum of published and unpublished documentary materials, and provides access to them.
Location: 1500 R Street, Lincoln
Museum and Historic Sites
Visitors experience Nebraska's past at these facilities:
Nebraska History Museum
The museum collects and exhibits objects interpreting the 10,000 years of cultures in Nebraska and the Great Plains.
Location: 15th & P Sts., Lincoln
Chimney Rock National Historic Site
Exhibits about the migrations along the Oregon-California and Mormon Trails are housed in the Ethel and Christopher J. Abbott Visitor Center.
Location: Chimney Rock Rd., Bayard
Fort Robinson Museum
Exhibits in the 1905 post headquarters building, along with other historic buildings or sites, trace the history of this military post from the 1870s Indian wars through World War II.
Location: 3200 W. Hwy 20, Crawford
Thomas P. Kennard House, Nebraska Statehood Memorial
The 1869 Italianate mansion of Nebraska's first secretary of state, restored to the 1870s, tells of the early years of Nebraska statehood.
Location: 1627 H St., Lincoln
John G. Neihardt State Historic Site
The poet's original study and an interpretive center reveal the inspiration and writings of Nebraska's late Poet Laureate.
Location: Elm & Washington, Bancroft
Neligh Mill State Historic Site
The restored 1880s mill office, a reconstructed flume and penstock, and mill dam remains are visible reminders of waterpower days when grist mills once dotted Nebraska's landscape.
Location: N St. at Wylie Dr., Neligh
Senator George W. Norris State Historic Site
The home of Nebraska's nationally-recognized U.S. Senator, known as "The Fighting Liberal," who served in Congress from 1902 to 1942.
Location: 706 Norris Ave., McCook
Willa Cather State Historic Site
Period structures, including the Cather Childhood Home, interpret the Nebraska years of the Pulitzer Prize-winning author.
Location: 413 N. Webster St., Red Cloud
How to Get Involved
Volunteers work with staff to support the mission.
Become a member and help preserve Nebraska's history. Your membership includes four issues of Nebraska History and supports programs and exhibits. (402)471-3272