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March is Statehood Month

statehood relief on Capitol
Capitol sculptor Lee Lawrie’s relief sculpture on the northeast corner of the Capitol represents Nebraska, a pioneer woman wearing a bison robe and carrying scepter of corn, presenting the 37th star for the flag to Washington, D.C. represented by Columbia seated on an eagle throne. Carrying the flag beside her is a Civil War veteran. Nebraska was admitted to the union only after the Civil War. Behind Nebraska follow the pioneering farmers who will help build the state.

The Capitol will be filled with celebrations of statehood during the month of March.

Statehood Day, March 1st, may find Capitol staff and fourth grade tour groups singing “Beautiful Nebraska”, the state’s song, in the rotunda.

Saturday March 3 the Capitol is CLOSED to prepare for the evening’s Statehood Awards Ceremony.

Sunday March 4, the Nebraska Choral Music Association will sponsor the Nebraska Prairies Concert at 2:00 p.m. in the Capitol 2nd floor rotunda.

Monday March 5 will bring the Nebraska Art Teachers Association‘s two week display celebrating Youth Art Month to the Capitol. Artwork from students across the state will be on display in the first floor rotunda through March 17.

The Nebraska Music Educators sponsor a series of concerts in the 2nd floor rotunda of the Capitol at Noon March 6, 7, 8 and 9. Each day two groups from across the state will perform.
The Nebraska Art Teachers Association awards ceremony for youth art will be at 2:00 p.m. in the 2nd Floor rotunda on Saturday March 17.

Music Educators Concert Schedule

Tuesday March 6th  
12:00 – 12:30 p.m.      Ashland-Greenwood High School Concert Choir
12:30 – 1:00 p.m.        Scott Middle School Select Choir

Wednesday March 7th
12:00 – 12:30 p.m.      Malcolm High School Concert Band
12:30 – 1:00 p.m.        Lincoln Southwest High School Chamber Choir

Thursday March 8th
12:00 – 12:30 p.m.      Concordia Jr-Sr. High School Concert Band
12:30 – 1:00 p.m.        Palmyra High School Choir

Friday March 9th
12:00 – 12:30 p.m.      Dawes Middle School Jazz Ensemble
12:30 – 1:00 p.m.      Omaha Westside High School Chamber Ensemble    

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  • Construction started in 1922, completed in 1932.
  • The architect was Bertram G. Goodhue.
  • There are 15 floors above ground.
  • The building is 400 feet tall.
  • It is the third Nebraska State Capitol.
  • It cost $9.8 million in 1932 dollars.

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