For generations, Chimney Rock has been one of Nebraska’s most prolific and well-known landmarks. First designated as a National Historic Site on August 9, 1956, the natural monument inspired pioneers during their travels centuries ago. From the 1840’s to the 1860’s, the landmark inspired many artists to document its grandeur, including the famous western landscape painter Albert Bierstadt.

Today, The Nebraska State Historical Society Foundation aims to protect the site for future generations. In November 2018, the Foundation purchased 360 acres of pasture situated between Chimney Rock’s spire and the Abbott Visitor Center. With this purchase, visitors will eventually be able to get closer to the great monument.

Now, the foundation needs your help in raising $1.7 million to expand and improve the Abbott Visitor Center.


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Images © Sharon Henderson, used with permission.

Thank you to The Nebraska Environmental Trust and Dillon Foundation

The Nebraska Environmental Trust awarded the Nebraska State Historical Society Foundation with a grant of $278,650 for the “Grasslands at Chimney Rock Land Acquisition” project. Combined with a generous $125,000 donation from the Dillon Foundation, this funding allowed the Foundation to purchase and retain 360 acres of grazing land surrounding the Chimney Rock National Historic Site. This purchase adds to the existing 40 acres encompassing Chimney Rock and 8.3 acres of land for the visitor center which History Nebraska already owned. Thanks to the generosity of the Nebraska Environmental Trust and the Dillon Foundation, the view of this iconic piece of Nebraska geology and history will be preserved in perpetuity.

Thank you to our donors so far:

  • Acklie Foundation
  • Jackie Andersen
  • Jocelyn Baade
  • Laila Berre
  • William Blizek
  • Michael Cameron
  • Andrew Cano
  • Gwen Carson
  • Raymond Crossman and Stephanie Meyers
  • Harl and Kay Dalstrom
  • Gregory Davidson
  • M.J. and Courtney Davis
  • Dillon Foundation
  • Lonnie Dunbier
  • Doug and Wendy Elder
  • Eldon Ficke
  • Jane Fischer

  • Leonard and Ellen Fischman
  • Michael Furrow
  • Doug Ganz
  • Kurt Glather
  • Albert and Peggy Golden
  • Mary Jo Havlicek
  • Heuermann Foundation
  • Rick Hoffman
  • Richard Howe
  • Carol Jess
  • Kay Kimberly
  • Ted Kooser and Kathleen Rutledge
  • Nancy Kvols
  • Vidariy and Vera Levit
  • Jean Lewandowski
  • Barbara Long
  • Thomas and Kathleen Lorsbach

  • Martin Massengale
  • James Miller
  • Wes Moench
  • Oregon Trail Community Foundation
  • Mollie and Oliver Packard
  • Quivey-Bay State Foundation
  • Gary Ramig
  • Mary Reid
  • Terry and Phyllis Schulz
  • Robert Spitznagle and Linda Cox-Spitznagle
  • William and Katie Stevens
  • Sunderland Foundation
  • Kenneth VonBargen
  • Joseph and Virginia Wojtkiewicz
  • Belinda Wolverton
  • Terry Woodman