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Douglas County Historical Society

at Historic Fort Omaha
30th & Fort Streets



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Mailing Address

5730 N. 30 St, #11B Omaha, NE 68111

Phone: 402-455-9990
Fax: 402-453-9448
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Hours

General Crook House
Monday - Friday
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Saturday - Sunday
1 to 4 p.m.

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Phone: 402-455-9990
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Library Archives
Monday - Friday
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Saturdays by Appointment

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Douglas County Historical Society

The Douglas County Historical Society is located at Historic Fort Omaha, which is now the campus of Metropolitan Community College, at 30th and Fort Streets.


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Facilities and Services

The Society is housed in two adjacent buildings, the General Crook House Museum and the Library/Archives Center. The Society provides a variety of educational services, including a speakers bureau, tours of the Museum and the city, and hosting of private functions at the Museum. In case of inclement weather, call 402-455-9990 to learn our hours of operation.

Financial Support

The Douglas County Historical Society is a non-profit organization. Programs and services of the Society are supported by membership dues, foundation grants, fees for services, fundraising events and appropriations from the Douglas County Board of Commissioners.

Newsletter

The Banner is the quarterly newsletter of the Douglas County Historical Society.

Mission Statement

The Mission of the Douglas County Historical Society is to Collect, Preserve and Present to the public the history of Douglas County, Nebraska. The Mission will be accomplished in the following three ways:

INTERPRET AND MAKE AVAILABLE the history of Douglas County, Nebraska, through research services at the Library/Archives Center; tours of the General Crook House Museum, its Victorian Heirloom Garden and Hitchcock Circle; and by public lectures, exhibits, classes, seminars, educational outreach and the publication of historically significant materials.

MAINTAIN AN ARCHIVE AND RESEARCH CENTER, thus fulfilling its designation as the official county archive by the Douglas County Board of Commissioners. This shall be called the Library/Archives Center of the Douglas County Historical Society, with the purpose of collecting, preserving, housing and presenting the written, audio and visual records pertaining to the history of Douglas County, Nebraska.

RESTORE AND PRESENT AS A MUSEUM the historic 1879 home of General George Crook, Civil War cavalryman and National Indian Wars hero who was Commander of the Department of the Platte, headquartered at Fort Omaha. General Crook spoke on behalf of Ponca Chief Standing Bear during the landmark trial of 1879, that resulted in the Indian being recognized, for the first time, as a person with rights in the eyes of the law.

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