The Education Department coordinates tours of the Nebraska History Museum, creates and distributes teacher resources, and is the first place for teachers to get help with history questions.
Tour any other Historical Society facility by contacting that facility directly.
9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday
1 to 4:30 p.m., Saturday and Sunday
Education Office Hours:
8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
If you would like to schedule a tour, please call at least two weeks in advance. Tours can be scheduled up to a year in advance.
Phone: 402-471-4782 or toll free 1-800-833-6747
Nebraska State Historical Society
Nebraska History Museum
P.O. Box 82554
Lincoln NE 68501-2554
Nebraska History Museum
15th (Centennial Mall) and "P" Streets, Lincoln
Tours webpage. Also, this Educators Resource Guide (340k pdf) will help you plan your visit.
The cards and guides suggested below may aid your students' learning processes.
Nebraska Time Traveler Question and Activity Cards are self-guided options available for all grades in school for the four continuingexhibits - First Nebraskans, Nebraska Joins the Union, Building the State, and What Did You Do in the War.
Field Study Guides (3rd-12th grades) develop critical thinking and inquiry skills as students analyze photographs of objects from Museum exhibits. To request these pre- and post- activity guides please call the museum at (402) 471-4757.
Contact other Nebraska Historic Sites to arrange tours of those facilities.
National History Day: Nebraska
Encourage your students to do a national, state or local history project for National History Day. Every home town has interesting characters or events in its past. Every student has heard at least one story they will want to explore. The Historical Society is here to help your students with National History Day!
Primary and secondary materials and photographs for teacher use.
Resources available from the Nebraska State Historical Society
You are welcome to write, e-mail, or call the museum for more information on various Nebraska history topics. Although we do not research these topics for you, we will send a Nebraska Trailblazer related to the topic or citations of related articles in Nebraska History, the Historical Society's quarterly journal. We also send brochures, maps, and order forms for other related resources.
Nebraska Studies website - www.nebraskastudies.org
Offering a timeline of Nebraska and national events, the site includes historic photographs, documents, artifacts, resources for teachers and classroom activities. This educational website is co-produced by the Nebraska State Historical Society, Nebraska Educational Telecommunications (NET) and the State Department of Education.
Explore Local History
Rich local history can be discovered in every Nebraska community and we can help you and your class explore it.
Other sources for information
Try some of these sources for further information about Nebraska history.
DVD lending library
A lending library of DVDs on a variety of topics is available. The DVDs 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.
This teacher training institute is an intensive summer workshop through which teachers learn how to use historic documents, photographs, artifacts, places, and the wisdom of elders in their teaching. Using these tools allows teachers to infuse local and Nebraska stories into their classrooms, regardless of the subject matter being taught. The Nebraska Institute, a teacher-training institute, is jointly sponsored by the Nebraska State Historical Society, Nebraska Wesleyan University, and Lincoln Public Schools. For more information, contact Ann Billesbach, Museum Director, 402-471-4754.
Nebraska Institute Project and Lesson Plan
Teachers are invited to try this classroom-tested project and lesson plan created by a Nebraska Institute teacher-fellow.