The Nebraska State Historical Society Statewide Services Department offers assistance to historical organizations across Nebraska. The department provides a channel of communication between the Nebraska State Historical Society and all of Nebraska's historical organizations, and works to ensure a more efficient use of state and local resources.
The term "historical organization," as used above, refers to any non-profit local and county historical society or museum, and to any specialized historical society, archive, or museum in Nebraska. Nebraska has over two hundred and fifty historical organizations. Many are local and county museums and historical societies; and others are devoted to the preservation of a particular historic structure, ethnic or religious culture, or specialized historical topic.
Staff make onsite visits to historical organizations for a number of reasons: to meet with historical organization volunteers and staff, to evaluate museum or archive facilities, or to evaluate museum exhibits or collection storage.
Workshops are offered in a number of locations around the state each year, which provide technical information and hands-on training on a variety of topics, including collections care and management, oral history, conservation, historic preservation, educational programs, genealogy, archeology, etc. Workshops are conducted by historical society staff with expertise in each of these areas.
A lending library of various publications on a variety of topics is available for checkout. The only cost for this service is for return postage.
Video lending library
A lending library of videotapes on a variety of topics is available. The videotapes are in two categories, past workshops conducted by the Statewide Services Department and History Forum Lecture Series (Brown Bag Lectures). Handout materials, with technical information, are also available for most of the workshops. The only cost for this service is for return postage.
Statewide Services staff often represent the historical society at various functions, including historical marker dedications, and historical organization annual meetings. Staff present county namesake portraits, and are available for a variety of public speaking engagements for historical organizations, or civic and community groups. Statewide Services staff can also make referrals to other historical society staff who can speak on various topics.
Research Topic Referral
For questions on specific technical topics, in their areas of museum management, collections management, exhibits, educational programs, archeology, conservation, historic preservation, publishing, local history research, etc., Statewide Services staff can refer individuals and historical organizations to the proper staff member, department, or division within the Nebraska State Historical Society.
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