Roxanne Smith, Author at Nebraska State Capitol

Capitol COVID19 Update

The Nebraska State Capitol is open to the public for the operation of state business. Special event sponsors have cancelled public gatherings in the Capitol through the end of May and some June events have been cancelled, check the Capitol calendar. Public tours are available. Visitors are encouraged to maintain a 6 ft. physical distance … Continued

HVAC Phase II Begins

All ground floor entrances remain open during the Phase II HVAC Project work. Phase II of the Capitol’s HVAC project most impacts the southeast quadrant where the Judicial branch is housed.  The Court Administrator, Probation Administration and Supreme Court Judges have moved into the tower. The Clerk of the Courts will move to Room #2122 … Continued

Legislature Convenes

The Second Session of the 106th Nebraska Unicameral Legislature will convene in the George W. Norris Legislative Chamber on Wednesday January 8, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. Visitors are welcome to view the opening day proceedings from the third floor Legislative balcony or via NET Live Legislative streaming or on NET Channel 2.  Information about the … Continued

Christmas Tree Arrives

The first week in December is a busy time in the Nebraska State Capitol. Early in the week the Official State Christmas tree arrived and staff began to prepare for the 72nd annual Christmas Tree Lighting and Carol Sing. The tree lighting and Carol sing have been a tradition in the Capitol since World War … Continued

Holiday Happenings at the Capitol

The Capitol will be open for public tours Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday before Thanksgiving. The Capitol will be closed Thanksgiving Day and the Friday after. The Capitol will be open for regularly scheduled public tours on Saturday and Sunday following Thanksgiving. Then in December the Official State Christmas Tree will arrive and be lit in … Continued

A Protective Web

The spiderpeople are back and leaving their mark on the Nebraska State Capitol’s gold tile dome. When their work is completed, the Capitol’s gold dome will be covered with a giant spider web.  This past July, a team of spiderwomen and men hung from the top of the Capitol and inspected the gold tile to … Continued

Ghosts Haunt the Capitol

This Halloween spend a spooky evening watching the sun set on the Ghosts of Western Civilization as they haunt the Nebraska State Capitol. Lee Lawrie’s relief sculpture on the exterior of the Nebraska State Capitol trace the Evolution of Government and Law in Western History. The early history of the Hebrews, Greeks and Romans was … Continued

Women’s Suffrage and the Capitol: A Shared Beginning

In 1919 Congress submitted the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution to the states for ratification. In 1919, the Nebraska legislature passed the law that created the Nebraska Capitol Commission and began the process which built Nebraska’s seat of government and monument to the spirit of Nebraska. In 1920, the Nebraska Capitol Commission choose … Continued

Red sky at night….a delight

At this time of year, the Indiana limestone tower of the Nebraska State Capitol is a canvas for the sun. As the sun shines on the building, the many angles and lines of the beautifully faceted tower are brought into sharp focus with the shadows cast by the sun. Those lucky enough to be near … Continued

Sunny Photo Opp

It’s happening!  The sun is once again shining on the north facade of the Capitol. Below you can see the sun gracing the relief sculpture above the main entrance to the Capitol. Peaking above you can see Abraham Lincoln and Pentaur lit by the morning sun. Mornings and evenings for the next few weeks will … Continued