Imagine the Scene 100 Years Ago

Imagine the scene 100 years ago, south of downtown Lincoln, in a residential neighborhood, the new Nebraska State Capitol was under construction. Nebraskans, but especially Lincolnites, watched the progress of the project. It was a very different work environment than today, no fences to keep spectators away. Imagine the excitement of the boys watching the … Continued

2022 Capitol Ornament Here

Nebraska’s state mammal, the White-tailed deer is featured on the 2022 Office of the Capitol Commission ornament. Hildreth Meiere’s vestibule ceiling mosaic portrays “Nature’s Gifts to Man on the Plains” with mosaics of Nebraska’s agricultural products and native animals. Several ungulates native to Nebraska are shown in the circular medallions filling the arches surrounding the … Continued

Dome Appearance Changes

Capitol watchers will notice a difference in the appearance of the Capitol’s lantern. The gold dome appears duller and darker. The blue in the Thunderbird panels seems less brilliant. During the Capitol Dome Restoration Project, the color of the grout in the joints between the tiles was changed. A darker brown colored grout was chosen … Continued

2021 Capitol Ornament Arrives

The Office of the Capitol Commission 2021 Commemorative is now available from the Office of the Capitol Commission by calling (402)471-0449 or emailing The $25.95 plus tax ornament is also available at the History Nebraska museum 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM Tuesday through Friday and 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM on Saturday (Closed Sunday … Continued

A Summer Evening at the Capitol

Now that the evenings are getting warmer and it is staying light longer, it’s time for an evening stroll. What could be better than strolling the sidewalks around the four-square-block grounds of the Nebraska State Capitol and viewing the building in all its architectural beauty. An exterior tour of the Capitol’s art and architecture has … Continued

Virtual Youth Art Month Exhibit and Awards

Each year the Nebraska Art Teachers Association displays artwork by Nebraska’s state-wide student artists at the Capitol. At the end of the exhibition the Nebraska Art Teachers Association (NATA) holds an awards celebration in the Capitol Rotunda to honor the first place and honorable mention student’s artwork in each of the three categories: Elementary Level, … Continued

COVID19 Impacts on the 107th Legislature

Public Interaction with the 107th Legislature First Session will remain limited due to the ongoing pandemic. To watch the sessions live go to NET Live & On Demand.   Speaker of the Nebraska Unicameral Legislature Mike Hilgers has established procedures for the 2021 Legislative session which will allow the Legislature to discharge their constitutional duties … Continued

Standing Bear Goes to Washington, D.C.

One hundred years after the Ponca Tribe was forcibly moved from their northern Nebraska homeland to Indian Territory, Nebraskans recognized Ponca Chief Standing Bear for his contribution to Native American rights. Inducted into the Nebraska Hall of Fame in 1977-78, Standing Bear was again recognized as a symbol of the Ideal of Freedom during the … Continued

Capitol Gifts Available

  The 2020 Commemorative Ornament, plus previous year’s ornaments and Capitol T-Shirts are available directly from the Office of the Capitol Commission Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. by calling (402)471-0449 or by emailing The Capitol T-shirts feature artwork from the interior and exterior of the Capitol. The 2020 Capitol Commemorative … Continued

Courtyard Landscape Progresses

The Nebraska Association of Former Legislators organized and funded the Courtyard Landscape Restoration Project which will return the four courtyards in the Nebraska State Capitol to their original 1934 Ernst H. Herminghaus planting plan. Beginning in May, Campbell’s Nursery and Judson Irrigation have been working on and off as weather conditions allow to prepare the … Continued