The true Nebraska locals
Before European settlers began to inhabit the western frontier, Nebraska was home to several American Indian nations including the Omaha, Otoe-Missouria, Arapaho, Cheyenne, Pawnee, Lakota and Ponca. Today, proud tribal heritage can be seen at traditional events, historic places and cultural centers across the state.
Nebraska's ancient history
Though many people don’t think about it, Nebraska’s story goes back much further than Lewis and Clark—about 12 million years further. Explore Nebraska’s prehistoric past at the University of Nebraska State Museum of Natural History in Lincoln. The vertebrate fossil collection is the primary attraction, with more than 1 million specimens attracting visitors from all over the country. Known as Elephant Hall, the museum houses the world’s premier collection of mammoth and mastodon fossils.
Nebraska war stories and museums
Nebraska has always been a proud military state, a tradition that began during the first days of western settlement when protective forts dotted our landscape. Today, military enthusiasts can find reminders of our past endeavors in towns and cities across the state.
Lewis and Clark’s exploratory journey through the Louisiana Purchase in 1803 led the way to western expansion that brought thousands of pioneers to these lands in search of a better way of life. The Oregon, Mormon and California Trails all wound their way through Nebraska. Evidence of their existence can be seen in the historic way stations and wagon ruts that still remain today.