History Nebraska

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History Nebraska, formerly the Nebraska State Historical Society is a Nebraska state agency, founded in 1878 to "encourage historical research and inquiry, spread historical information ... and to embrace alike aboriginal and modern history." It was designated a state institution in 1883, and upgraded to a state agency in 1994. The agency rebranded and announced their name change to History Nebraska on April 30, 2018.

History Nebraska
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History Nebraska Logo (2018)
Agency overview
Preceding agency
  • Nebraska State Historical Society
JurisdictionState of Nebraska
Headquarters131 Centennial Mall North, Lincoln, Nebraska
Agency executive
  • Trevor Jones, Director and CEO
WebsiteHistory Nebraska (Official Site)

The agency's mission statement is "[to] collect, preserve, and open to all, the histories we share." The agency developed a process for the return of human remains, burial objects and cultural items of 1,400 individuals in accordance with the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act of 1990.[1]

State Historic SitesEdit

Facilities and operations of the society include:

Site name Image Nearest city County Remarks
Chimney Rock   Bayard Morrill The formation served as a landmark along the Oregon Trail, the California Trail, and the Mormon Trail during the mid-19th century. The trails ran along the north side of the rock, which remains a visible landmark for modern travelers along U.S. Route 26 and Nebraska Highway 92.
Fort Robinson   Crawford Dawes and Sioux Former U.S. Army fort in the Pine Ridge region of northwest Nebraska. Fort Robinson played a major role in the Sioux Wars from 1876 to 1890. The Battle of Warbonnet Creek took place nearby in July 1876. Crazy Horse surrendered here with his band on May 6, 1877.
John G. Neihardt State Historic Site   Bancroft Cuming Features museum exhibits about Nebraska Poet Laureate John Neihardt. The one-room study that Neihardt used from 1911 through 1920 as the place where he wrote many of his works is preserved at the site, and also features the Sacred Hoop Prayer Garden, designed by Neihardt, and a library with materials about Neihardt's life and legacy.
Museum of Nebraska History   Lincoln Lancaster The Society's headquarters features a library and archives, and administration and the research and publications operations of the Society. Located on the campus of University of Nebraska–Lincoln.
Neligh Mill State Historic Site   Neligh Antelope Museum commemorating the importance of flour mills to Nebraska and the West as a whole. Exhibits relating to the operation of the mill and its history are located in the original warehouse from 1866, as well as the 1915 addition where the power plant was once housed. The Society has restored the mill's office building, which has original furnishings. It reconstructed the 1919 flume to the south. The remnants of the dam that collected water for the mill are still visible on the Elkhorn River nearby.
Senator George Norris State Historic Site   McCook Red Willow Home of U.S. Senator George W. Norris (1862–1944), a Nebraska politician who championed the New Deal of the 1930s and the Rural Electrification Act.
Thomas P. Kennard House   Lincoln Lancaster Built in 1869, the Italianate house belonged to Thomas P. Kennard, the first Secretary of State for Nebraska, and one of three men who picked the Lincoln site for the new state's capital in 1867.

History Nebraska also operates the Gerald R. Ford Conservation Center in Omaha.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Salter, Peter (February 28, 2022). "'The right thing to do': Why a Sioux warrior's ceremonial items are leaving Nebraska museum, headed to his family in Florida". Lincoln Journal Star. Retrieved March 1, 2022.

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