Frequently Asked Questions

Thank you for your interest in donating to the Douglas County Historical Society (DCHS). We do not accept “drop-offs” or “doorstep” donations to the historical society/museum. Any unsolicited items left or mailed to the historical society/museum will not be considered for donation.

I have a question about a person/place in Douglas County, who should I contact?

Please call us and ask for the Archives!
Call (402) 455-9990 or send an email to

Please note: all research requests are temporarily on hold until further notice. 

Can you tell me the value of my family heirloom?
We cannot, but there are several sources that you can contact for appraisals. Check the telephone directory yellow pages or the Internet for appraisers or auctioneers. If you have an object related to a specific region, try to find an appraiser in that area. Antiques dealers and local auctioneers may also be of assistance. There are several appraisal organizations that may provide assistance in locating an appraiser:

  • American Society of Appraisers
  • International Society of Appraisers
Does the Historical Society ever purchase items for the collection?
On occasion we are able to purchase items through the generosity of past donors who have contributed funds for that purpose.
What does the Historical Society collect?
We collect items for the library, museum and photo archives that are related to Douglas County life and development up to the present. Collections range from ordinary to unique, without regard to social, religious, cultural, economic or political background. Items more likely to be accepted are of historic interest, do not duplicate items already collected, are in good condition and can be cared for reasonably by DCHS.
How are the collections at the Historical Society compiled?
More than 95% of the items that comprise our collections have been donated since DCHS was founded. Donors offer papers, objects or photographs of historical interest to Douglas County because they feel there is a story worth preserving and sharing. Our goal is to honor the community’s trust and to fulfill our mission by preserving and making accessible to the public those things that help tell our collective story.

If you are unsure of whether or not your item(s) might be of interest, do not hesitate to contact DCHS and speak to someone in the Library Archives Center.

Does DCHS offer tax write-offs for donations?
Donors may obtain a tax deduction within the calendar year of the completed donation by locating the Charitable Contribution information and form on the IRS website. Accountants well versed in charitable giving should be consulted. Please note that DCHS is unable to provide a financial appraisal of donations.
What kind of volunteer opportunities are available?

There are many volunteer opportunities available at the Archives Center. Please call (402) 455-9990 or email for more information.

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