Program Resources

Cultural Encounter Kits

Humanities Nebraska has four Cultural Encounter Kits available to schools, libraries, museums and other organizations statewide who serve youth grades 4-8. The kits are available for loan and can be used in pairs or individually to explore the similarities and differences of immigration experiences in various eras. Encounter Kits include videos, CDs, books, clothing, cultural items, and curriculum materials, including lessons.

  • “A Treasured Heritage: Mexican Americans in Nebraska”
  • “From the Steppes to the Plains: Germans from Russia”
  • “Children of the Dragon, Citizens of the Plains: Nebraska’s Vietnamese Americans”
  • “Valkommen Till Nebraska: Nebraska’s Swedish Americans”
  • “Shamrocks on the Prairie: Nebraska’s Irish Americans”
  • “This House is Yours: Nebraska’s Iraqi Americans”

Project directors may request the materials of the topics that interest them. A complete listing of all the materials with suggested grade levels is available by e-mailing info@humanitiesnebraska.org.

Guidelines

  • Any public or private school, youth organization, library or museum in Nebraska is eligible to reserve HN traveling encounter kits and trunks.
  • Encounter kits and trunks must be requested at least 14 days in advance.
  • To reserve an encounter kit, trunk or trunk set, the project director (teacher, youth organization director, library or museum staff) must fill out the proper request form, which can be found on this web site in a printable pdf file.
  • Encounter kits and trunks may be reserved for up the three weeks.
  • The project director will receive a confirmation from HN.
  • HN will pay for UPS ground shipping both to and from your organization. Instructions for returning the kits and trunks will be found in a clear plastic sheet at the top.
  • Each kit and trunk has an inventory of all contents in a clear plastic sheet at the top. Before shipping, make sure all materials have been returned to the correct encounter kit or trunk.
  • The organization is responsible for paying the replacement cost of all damaged or lost contents of the encounter kits or trunks.
  • The project director is responsible for contacting HN regarding damaged or lost materials.

For more details contact: Humanities Nebraska 215 Centennial Mall South, Suite 330 Lincoln, NE 68508 Phone: (402) 474-2131 E-mail: info@nebraskahumanities.org

University of Nebraska State Museum

These large multi-media kits include a teacher’s guide, objects and a wealth of hands-on fun to explore the cultures of the four tribes. Omaha Tribe Encounter Kit Ponca Tribe Encounter Kit Santee Sioux Tribe Encounter Kit Winnebago Tribe Encounter Kit  

Center for Great Plains Studies

Plains Pow Wows Encounter Kit

This hands-on encounter kit is a sister kit to the Nebraska State Museum’s Omaha, Ponca, Santee Sioux and Winnebago kits listed above. This kit focuses on the cultures and traditions of the Nebraska Plains American Indian Pow Wow. For more information contact Reece Summers at the Center for Great Plains Studies. Call (402) 472-0599 or e-mail asummers3@unl.edu.

Nebraska State Historical Society

Czech Traveling Trunk

For more information call 800-833-6747 or contact your ESU.

Project Interfaith Conversation Kits

Conversation Kits help users to gain an understanding of the variety of views and perspectives held by people of different religious and spiritual identities. Each Conversation Kit includes instructions, ground rules, and discussion questions for participants.   Speed Dialogue Gender and Religion Politics and Religion Morality and Belief Science and Religion

Joslyn Art Museum Outreach Trunks

Enhance your curriculum by borrowing an outreach trunk with connections to artworks in Joslyn’s collections and exhibitions, free of charge. Multicultural Art and the  Student with Special Needs African American Art Ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia Ancient Greece and Rome Contemporary Native American Art Impressionism Mexican Art and Culture Multicultural Art and the Student with Special Needs The Adapted Artist: Tools & Activities for Students with Special Needs People of the Southwest and Plains Travels Into the Interior of North America: The Maxmilian-Bodmer Expedition, 1832-1834

Academic Earth Online History Education

Enhance your history education with free online history course from accredited institutions, such as Standford University, Yale, Columbia, the University of California, Berkley, New York University and others.


News

Nov
06

Sommerich Elected to Federation of State Humanities Council Board of Directors

Humanities Nebraska Executive Director Chris Sommerich was elected to the Federat