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The Nebraska State Historical Society Foundation (NSHSF) raises money in support of the cause of Nebraska history, including the support of the Nebraska State Historical Society, now known as "History Nebraska". 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 role in assuring that Nebraska's history will be accessible to future generations.

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Address: 128 No. 13th Street, #1010 Nebraska State Historical Society Foundation
Lincoln, NE 68508
Email: lfattig@nshsf.org
Phone Number: 402-435-3535
Fax: 402-435-3986
2018 is the 175th anniversary of the Oregon Trail and we are expanding the visitor center at Chimney Rock to provide new opportunities for visitors to learn about both Nebraska and American history, increase the capacity of the site to accommodate visitors, and help grow tourism and economic development in the state of Nebraska.

Chimney Rock National Historic Site in Bayard, Nebraska hosts more than 35,000 visitors each year and the visitor center has outgrown its capacity. In peak summer season the site is crowded, and the visitor center's exhibits and introductory video show their age. The renovation will include a new entrance that will double as a hardened storm shelter able to withstand a tornado. This entryway will include storm shutters and doors that can be closed in the event of a weather emergency. The entryway will be able to accommodate all visitors and serve primarily as a wayfinding space unless there is inclement weather. An indoor classroom space with a flexible configuration will be added to accommodate school programs, and this space will also be used for community programming and after hour's events. An outdoor classroom space will also be added to provide additional programming space, and this area will be connected to the indoor classroom via an exterior door which will allow a separate entryway for school groups during busy periods. New exhibits will be installed, telling the story of Chimney Rock, and the Oregon, Mormon, and Pioneer trails in an interactive and engaging manner. Finally, an open concept theater space will be added in the exhibit gallery to tell the history of pioneer trails and the significance of Chimney Rock while offering visitors an amazing view of the rock itself.