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"The Nebraska State Historical Society collects, preserves, and opens to all, the histories we share."

Nebraska State Historical Society

1500 R Street,
P.O. Box 82554
Lincoln, Nebraska 68501-2554
(402)471-3270 or 1(800)833-6747

Mission Statement

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.

Institutional Values


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Center, adjacent to the Ford Birthsite and Gardens, Omaha, provides modern laboratories for the conservation of historical documents, textiles, and museum objects.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

Historic Preservation

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

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This division collects, manages, and preserves a wide spectrum of published and unpublished documentary materials, and provides access to them.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




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