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Courtyard Fountains Dedicated

On Friday September 22nd the Legislature’s Sesquicentennial gift to Nebraska was dedicated. The four courtyard fountains intended to be the focal point of the Nebraska State Capitol’s courtyards were not installed during original construction due to the Great Depression. As part of Nebraska’s Sesquicentennial celebration the fountains were installed and the Nebraska Capitol Commission kicked off the Salute to the Goodlife Celebration with the official dedication ceremony.

chief justice welcomes guests

Chief Justice Michael Heavican welcomes those assembled on behalf of the Nebraska Capitol Commission.

speak of legislature presents fountains

Speaker of the Legislature Jim Scheer thanks senators, past and present, for their work passing the legislation necessary to complete the fountains.

Governor starts the fountains 

Governor Pete Ricketts officially starts the fountains in celebration of Nebraska’s 150th birthday.

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