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Exploring Nebraska

A Unique Educational Resource to Learn About the State

When you think Nebraska, you think of the crack of a bat at the College World Series or the roar of “Go Big Red” at a Cornhuskers game. Or you may be transported to the rain forest of the world-renowned Henry Doorly Zoo or the majestic natural spire of Chimney Rock. But did you know that Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show originated in Nebraska, that aviator Charles Lindburgh took his first flying lesson here and that Nebraska is home to the largest hand-planted forest in the U.S.?

If you would like to learn more about this great state, Hildegard Center for the Arts is offering a wonderful guide to use in the exploration of “everything Nebraska”: history, culture, landmarks, natural resources, economy, geography and people. HCFA and its project partners, the Nebraska Tourism Commission and the Nebraska State Historical Society, have expanded on the images and narratives included in the Sesquicentennial Traveling Photo Exhibit: “Bridges—Sharing our Past to Enrich the Future” to create an outstanding instructional resource featuring all 93 Nebraska counties. With guidance from Harris Payne, Nebraska Department of Education Social Studies Program Director, and Paul Hunt, adjunct geography professor at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, “Exploring Nebraska” includes:

  • Photo images from each of 93 Nebraska’s counties with accompanying narrative
  • Applicable Nebraska Social Studies Standards for fourth grade elementary students
  • A Story Map that allows teachers and students to access the instructional resources of a county via a virtual Nebraska map
  • “Quick Facts” about each county
  • Discussion points for each county to promote creative thinking
  • Additional resources such as links, suggested books and possible art projects

Although “Exploring Nebraska” is ideal for use in teaching about Nebraska in fourth grade curriculum, this resource can be used by all ages—from senior citizens in retirement communities to children in home-schooling families and everyone in between. The resource can also be used by history buffs as well as an inspiration for writers and those who enjoy the Arts and culture.

A project such as this requires many hands. Special thanks go out to those who have given their time and expertise to make this resource available to the public: Donna Williams—Project Chair, Rita Kean, Cathy Harrington, Kim Einspahr and Anne Woita (Hildegard Center for the Arts); Bob Puschendorf and Sharon Kennedy (Nebraska State Historical Society); Harris Payne (State Department of Education); Paul Hunt (University of Nebraska at Omaha) and Ann Bilesbach.

This resource is supported in part by Humanities Nebraska and the Nebraska Cultural Endowment and the following Statewide Sponsors: The Nebraska Sesquicentennial Commission; Nebraska Tourism Commission; Johnson Hardware Company, the Ethel S. Abbott Charitable Foundation; and the University of Nebraska at Omaha.

Adams County

Duncan Field

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Antelope County

Neligh Mill Bridge

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Arthur County

Pilgrim Holiness Church

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Banner County

Sunflower Fields

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Blaine County

Sandhills

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Boone County

St. Anthony’s Catholic Church

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Box Butte County

Essence

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Boyd County

John Weeder’s Mailbox

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Brown County

Main Street

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Buffalo County

Kearney Traffic Motion

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Burt County

Frosty Morning in February

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Butler County

Love Long Ago

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Cass County

Little Barn in the Big Woods

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Cedar County

Schützenfest, Bow Valley NE

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Chase County

Champion Mill

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Cherry County

Rock School

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Cheyenne County

Blacksmith Shop

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Clay County

Looking for Thomas

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Colfax County

Monastery on the Hill: Christ the King Priory Chapel

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Cuming County

Neihardt’s Study and Sacred Hoop Prayer Garden

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Custer County

Dowse Sod House

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Dakota County

The O’Conner House

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Dawes County

Crow Butte

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Dawson County

Willow Island Road

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Deuel County

Phelps Hotel

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Dixon County

Towers in Time

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Dodge County

Yankee Peddler

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Douglas County

Departed

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Dundy County

Dundy County Courthouse

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Fillmore County

Stockholm Church

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Franklin County

Old Planter

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Frontier County

HWY 23 Maintenance Erosion Construction

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Furnas County

Norwegian Church

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Gage County

Palmer-Epard Cabin, Winter

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Garden County

Sod House and Pioneer Woman

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Garfield County

Reverse Fountain on Calamus Reservoir

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Gosper County

Nebraska Wildflowers

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Grant County

Sandhills Sunrise

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Greeley County

Spalding Dam

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Hall County

Dare to Dream

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Hamilton County

Beautiful Winter Day

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Harlan County

A Living Bridge

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Hayes County

Grandma McKillip’s House

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Hitchcock County

Trenton Harvest Festival

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Holt County

The Good Sheperd in O’Neill

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Hooker County

The Eclipse Church

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Howard County

The Persevering Polish Community from Poznan, Poland

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Jefferson County

A Pioneer’s Final Resting Place

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Johnson County

Yesterday

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Kearney County

Salem Swedish Methodist Episcopal

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Keith County

I-80 Bicentennial Sculpture: Up & Over

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Keya Paha County

Ghost Town

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Kimball County

Oliver Reservoir

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Knox County

Verdel Jain

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Lancaster County

The Watcher

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Lincoln County

Fort McPherson National Cemetery Headquarters

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Logan County

Grandad & Kadee

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Loup County

The Grand Ole Pavillion Hotel

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Madison County

Doughboy

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McPherson County

The Ogallala Aquifer

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Merrick County

Dark Island

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Morrill County

Chimney Rock

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Nance County

Model Classroom

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Nemaha County

The Library in the Spring

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Nuckolls County

Rural Renaissance

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Otoe County

Drizzly Arbor Lodge Evening

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Pawnee County

Governor David Butler’s Home

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Perkins County

After the Storm

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Phelps County

Colors in the Evening

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Pierce County

WPA Contributions, Plainview City Park

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Platte County

St. Mary of the Angels

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Polk County

Morrill Organ

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Red Willow County

Golden Grain

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Richardson County

Way Side Barn

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Rock County

A Vintage Landmark

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Saline County

1887 Bank

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Sarpy County

Portal School

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Saunders County

Deserted

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Scotts Bluff County

Scottsbluff Wagon Train

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Seward County

Lou and Mary Anne’s

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Sheridan County

Pondering a Plan

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Sherman County

Many Miles

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Sioux County

Church of Immaculate Conception

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Stanton County

Storz Brewing Company Barrel House

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Thayer County

1885 Lumberyard, a Necessity for Growth

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Thomas County

“Move ’em Out”

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Thurston County

Burning Bush

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Valley County

Arcadia Congregational Church and a Nebraska Historical Marker

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Washington County

The Laundress’ Taking a Break

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Wayne County

Wayne County Courthouse and Veterans Memorial

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Webster County

Starke Round Barn

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Wheeler County

Headquarters Ranch House

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York County

Sunset at Wessels Farm

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