The Elkhorn Valley Historical Society was founded in 1958. The members of the society believe in the value of preserving the past, the memory and legacy of the lives of the people of the Elkhorn Valley for future generations.
Thanks to the generosity of area citizens, businesses, organizations and grants, the society was able to complete the construction of a beautiful museum building in 1997. The Elkhorn Valley Museum and Research Center functions with the direction of a 15 member board, a director, a children's zone coordinator, an administrative assistant, and a large volunteer staff. The museum contains many historical exhibits that pertain to the Elkhorn Valley and the City of Norfolk. It hosts the Johnny Carson Gallery which exhibits the history of his television years. A Research Center containing family files, books, and photos of the Norfolk and Elkhorn Valley area is available at the museum for anyone wishing to do genealogy research and research of the Norfolk area. A Bird Library was endowed by the estate of the late John and Willeta Lueshen. The Children's Discovery Zone, containing a hands-on activity area, is geared for children age 2 to 11 and their families.