Five historical societies and museums in the region received grants through the State Historical Foundation



The Nebraska State Historical Society Foundation (NSHSF) today announced grant recipients for its new statewide grants program. Recipients in 18 counties across the state will receive a grant totaling $ 15,605. The list includes the Custer County Historical Society in Broken Bow, the Seven Valleys Historical Society in Callaway, the Thomas County Historical Society in Thedford, the Robert Henri Museum in Cozad, and the Gothenburg Historical Museum in Gothenburg.

“It was a pleasure to read these apps and find out what legacy organizations are doing across the state”, said Trixie Smith, president of the NSHSF. “This program gives the Nebraska State Historical Society Foundation the knowledge and background to meet the needs of organizations that work diligently to preserve their local history.”

The NSHSF received 98 grant applications requesting more than $ 1.2 million to address needs such as collections conservation, public programming, outreach, exhibits, promotion of the facility and services, promotion of tourism and sightseeing, school programs and classroom resources, collection management and building preservation.

“This grant will have a lasting impact on our Foundation and will influence how students in the State of Nebraska learn about the pioneer women of our State,” said Bonnie Drake, vice president of the Bess Streeter Aldrich Foundation. “We will use our grant to develop a program that teachers can use with A Lantern in Her Hand, a novel that describes the classic story of Nebraska pioneer women, written by Bess Streeter Aldrich. This is something that we have been hoping to accomplish for years and thanks to the statewide grant program, we can finally make it a reality.

The Statewide Grants Program was developed in July 2020 to meet a funding need from local historical and educational organizations in Nebraska. With an initial donation from the Dillon Foundation as well as donations from many people, the NSHSF was able to award $ 15,605 for these first year grants. Grants from this program help organizations such as museums, historical societies, and libraries with education, preservation, and interpretation programs based on community history.

“We are extremely grateful to our donors who made these grants possible”, said Leslie Fattig, executive director of the Nebraska State Historical Society Foundation. “We were overwhelmed by the number of applications and the overall needs of local historic organizations and libraries across the state. COVID-19 was and still is a very difficult time for many of these organizations, and many are run by volunteers. We are excited to be able to help these invaluable organizations achieve their goals and we are excited to continue the statewide grant program in the future.

The NSHSF plans to expand the statewide grant program over the next several years to a million dollar fund and offer two rounds of grants per year.

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About the Nebraska State Historical Society Foundation

The Nebraska State Historical Society Foundation raises funds to support the cause of history, including History Nebraska projects. The Foundation solicits funds and support from individuals and organizations across the state and beyond, who value Nebraska’s unique heritage and wish to play a personal role in ensuring that Nebraska’s history is accessible to generations. futures.


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