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James A. Hanson
James A. Hanson became director of the Society upon Marvin Kivett's retirement in 1985.

The First Nebraskans
During Hanson's administration, new permanent exhibits opened. The First Nebraskans tells the story of Nebraska's original inhabitants from twelve thousand years ago to the present. The new exhibits represented a departure from the traditional display cases.

guided tours
For as long as the Society has had a museum, school groups have come for guided tours.

World War II
The museum has also featured special exhibits, such as What Did you do in the War?: Nebraskans in World War II, which opened December 7, 1991, and remains on view today.

Nebraska History Historic Places
Nebraska History, the Society's quarterly, received a facelift in 1987. In 1989 the Society and the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission published Historic Places, featuring more than four hundred Nebraska properties listed in the National Register of Historic Places through the efforts of the Society's State Historic Preservation Office.

"Calamity Jane" and "Wild Bill" stock certificate
Moving images, including the oldest known Nebraska-made motion picture, In the Days of '75 and '76 (1915), became a focus of Library/Archives Division collecting. The silent film, made by the Black Hills Feature Film Company of Chadron, starred Freda Romine and A. L. Johnson as "Calamity Jane" and "Wild Bill" Hickok.

aska State Historical S
Many Society publications and exhibits are supported by donations to the Nebraska State Historical Society Foundation, including Nebraska Trailblazer, a newspaper for fourth-grade students, now in its twenty-ninth number.

volunteer program
Since the 1980s the Society's volunteer program has provided thousands of hours annually to help carry on the work of each Society division and operate the museum stores. Here volunteers from the Lincoln Camera Club catalog photographs in the library/archives.


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