Dolberg will be History Nebraska’s interim director when Jones leaves

By: - June 6, 2022 6:26 pm

A student walks by the headquarters building of History Nebraska in Lincoln. (Aaron Sanderford/Nebraska Examiner)

LINCOLN — History Nebraska will have an interim executive director this summer who has worked 22 years with the group, which was long known as the Nebraska State Historical Society.

Jill Dolberg, the director of historical resources and deputy state historic preservation officer, will take on the role after the resignation of Trevor Jones, effective July 1.

Dolberg will take over an organization that Jones pressed to digitize more of the state’s traditional historical archives and records and worked to boost its presence online. 

Dolberg, who earned her master’s degree in public history from Colorado State University, helped lead the digitization of more than 15 million records since 2020, the group said.

David Levy, president of the History Nebraska Board of Trustees, called Dolberg a “top-notch professional who is well-versed in the organization’s management” and can maintain its momentum.

Jones was a change agent for over six years. He ruffled feelings among some longtime employees by requiring them to chart what they were doing while at work. He has not said what he will do next.

Levy said in a statement that the board aims to start a nationwide search for a new director and CEO. The statement set no timeline for the next hire.

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Aaron Sanderford
Aaron Sanderford

Political reporter Aaron Sanderford has tackled various news roles in his 20-plus year career. He has reported on politics, crime, courts, government and business for the Omaha World-Herald and Lincoln Journal-Star. He also worked as an assignment editor and editorial writer. He was an investigative reporter at KMTV.

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