Welcome to Adams County History


The Adams County Historical Society is closed until further notice and will not be opening when the Hastings Museum opens.  We will update this page when we have opening information.  Please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
for research inquiries. 

Welcome to the website of the Adams County Nebraska Historical Society, a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving the historical record of the times and people of Adams County, Nebraska.

The purpose of this site is to provide information about the history of Adams County and the Adams County Historical Society itself.  Stories and photos take you back in time as you learn about the rich history of Adams County from its ties to the Oregon Trail, Pony Express and Homesteading to the Naval Ammunition Depot, which was the largest in the United States during WWII.  The Adams County seat and the Historical Society are both located in Hastings,
the "Birthplace of Kool-Aid".

While you're here please be sure to check out publications available and services we provide.  Also, enjoy scenes from the past in the Historic Photos Slideshow.  History events taking place in Adams County will be listed and updated under the Events section.  Thank you for visiting our site, come back often for updated stories and photos.