Nebraska Heritage Tourism Plan National Trust for Historic PreservationUNL Bureau of Business Research3
Nebraska State Historical Society
“The Nebraska State Historical Society collects, preserves, and opens to all, the histories we share.”
Through this mission and the various functions of the Nebraska State Historical Society “opens to all”
the rich heritage and cultural diversity of the state. It maintains a comprehensive program for the
preservation of our state’s historic places.
This provides the basics of a state heritage tourism program,which include inventories of historic places across the state, recommending properties to the NationalRegister of Historic Places and administering the state historical marker program. The Nebraska StateHistorical Society also provides educational outreach and provides services to historical societies,government officials and other agencies with interest in history and historic preservation. Thesefunctions are integral to the development and enhancement of heritage tourism strategies.The Nebraska State Historical Society recognizes that heritage tourism is an important means toaccomplish not only its mission, but the shared missions of historical museums and historic sites. Andhistoric sites and museums are the very infrastructure of heritage tourism, providing the means of interpreting and sharing th
e state’s rich heritage and diversity to all that travel the state.
Nebraska Department of Economic Development
The mission of the Nebraska Department of Economic Development is to provide quality leadership andservices that enable Nebraska communities, businesses, and people to succeed in a global economy.The Department has three major divisions
Business Development, Community and Rural Development,and Travel and Tourism. To some extent, all three divisions have programs to assist the development of heritage tourism in the state, but especially the Travel and Tourism Division. As the primary marketer of Nebraska tourism, the Travel and Tourism Division promotes historic places and attractions throughoutthe state in its widely circulated Nebraska Travel Guide, the comprehensive Nebraska tourism internetsite, and in varied advertising media. The Division annually awards tourism marketing grants to promoteevents and regions and tourism development grants for the physical development of attractions. Thesefunds are used by many of the grant recipients to market and develop heritage tourism. The Travel andTourism Division also organizes an annual Travel Industry Conference to bring together the diversemembers of the industry and exchange information. And Division staff frequently visit Nebraskacommunities in response to requests for assistance in evaluating and developing local tourismpotentials.This project was funded, in part, with the assistance of a grant from the U.S. Department of the Interior,National Park Service. However, the contents and opinions expressed in this publication do notnecessarily reflect the views or policies of the U.S. Department of the Interior. Regulations of the U.S.Department of the Interior strictly prohibit unlawful discrimination on the basis of race, color, nationalorigin, age, or handicap. Any person who believes he or she has been discriminated against in any of theprogram, activities, or facilities operated by a recipient of federal assistance should write to: Director,Office of Equal Opportunity, National Park Service, 1849 C Street NW, Washington, D.C. 20240.Addition funding was provided by the Nebraska Department of Economic Development through thefederal Community Development Block Grant Program.