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Celebrating Statehood

During Statehood Week, February 27 – March 3, the Nebraska Music Educators Association will host their annual Music Education Week at the Capitol Concert Series. The concerts will be held in the second floor rotunda of the Capitol.

Monday, February 27th
12:00-12:30pm   Oakland-Craig Jazz Band
12:30-1:00pm     Yutan High School Choir

Tuesday, February 28th
12:00-12:30pm   Lincoln North Star Nonet
12:30-1:00pm     Crete High School Choir

Wednesday, March 1st
9:30am-1:00pm   Statehood Day Program in Rotunda
2:00-4:00pm       Statehood Day Ceremony in Norris Legislative Chamber

Thursday, March 2nd
12:00-12:30pm   Kahoa-Sheridan Elementary Strings
12:30-1:00pm     Zeeman Elementary Chorus

Friday, March 3rd
12:00-12:30pm   Grand Island Northwest Woodwinds
12:30-1:00pm     Lincoln Public Schools Girls Chorus

The Nebraska State Capitol will host the day long March 1st Sesquicentennial activities celebrating 150 years of Nebraska’s statehood in the second floor rotunda.
9:30 am to 10:30 am United States Postal Service Nebraska Statehood Forever® Stamp First-Day-of-Issue Dedication Ceremony
10:30 am to 1:00 pm Actor Portrayals of Willa Cather, Chief Standing Bear & William “Buffalo Bill” Cody with Music by Nebraska High School Students

1:15 pm to 1:45 pm Pony Express Statehood Proclamation Delivery West Side, Nebraska State Capitol

2:00 pm to 3:00 pm Official Statehood Day Ceremony George W. Norris Legislative Chamber

Seating at the State Capitol is open and limited. Early arrival is recommended. Overflow seating will be available in the Rotunda and Warner Chamber during the Official Ceremony at 2 p.m., which will be live streamed at

The events at the Capitol will be followed by a special 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Grand Opening of the “Legacy of Nebraska” Exhibit at the Nebraska History Museum at 131 Centennial Mall North ~ Lincoln

Happy Birthday Nebraska. The Statehood Day events are sponsored by the NE150 Commission

The Nebraska State Capitol will be closed on Saturday March 4th for special Statehood Day activities, and will reopen for guided tours on Sunday March 5th at 1:00 p.m. 

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