The Douglas County Historical Society (DCHS) operates the General Crook House Museum and the DCHS Library/Archives Center in the Fort Omaha Historic District, which now serves as a campus of Metropolitan Community College in Omaha, Nebraska. Named for its first inhabitant, noted Indian fighter General George Crook, the Crook House is the only surviving example of pure Italianate architecture in Douglas County. The adjacent Library/Archives Center is housed in a historic officer’s quarters.
Without the DCHS volunteer program, it would be impossible to keep the Crook House open to the thousands of people who visit each year. Volunteers serve as docents, care for and catalogue the museum’s collection, perform needed maintenance, and staff events and other programming. At the Library/Archives Center, volunteers digitize and catalog materials, and undertake research for development of exhibits and educational programs at the Crook House.
The DCHS has established a partnership with the Metropolitan Community College’s service-learning program, and students volunteer at DCHS to assist with research, document digitization, community outreach, and other projects.
Designated a Preserve America Steward in February 2011.