Cultural Encounter Kits

Humanities Nebraska has seven Cultural Encounter Kits available to schools, libraries, museums and other organizations statewide who serve youth grades 4-8. The kits, created by the Nebraska Folklife Network,  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”
  • “Home in the Heartland: Nebraska Sudanese Cultures”


  • Any public or private school, youth organization, library or museum in Nebraska is eligible to reserve HN traveling encounter kits.
  • Encounter kits must be requested at least 14 days in advance.
  • To reserve an encounter kit the project director (teacher, youth organization director, library or museum staff) must fill out the proper request form, which can be found at the bottom of this page as a printable pdf file.
  • Encounter kits 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 will be found in a clear plastic sheet at the top.
  • Each kit 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.
  • The organization is responsible for paying the replacement cost of any damaged or lost contents of the encounter kits.
  • 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: [email protected]

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 KitPonca Tribe Encounter KitSantee Sioux Tribe Encounter KitWinnebago Tribe Encounter Kit  

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 NeedsAfrican American ArtAncient Egypt and MesopotamiaAncient Greece and RomeContemporary Native American ArtImpressionismMexican Art and Culture,  The Adapted Artist: Tools & Activities for Students with Special NeedsPeople of the Southwest and PlainsTravels 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 courses from accredited institutions, such as Standford University, Yale, Columbia, the University of California, Berkley, New York University and others.

Preservation Following Floods:
National Heritage Responders

  • Cultural institutions and arts organizations affected by flooding can call the National Heritage Responders hotline: (201)-661-8068. The National Heritage Responders, a team of trained conservators and collections care professionals administered by the Foundation for Advancement in Conservation, are available 24/7 to provide advice and guidance.