Roxanne Smith, Author at Nebraska State Capitol

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

Visit the Capitol this Summer

Summer time visitors to the Nebraska State Capitol will find the tour staff ready to show them the building and share Nebraska’s story. The Legislature has adjourned and school tours are finished for the season. Groups of day care children will occasionally visit the Capitol, but visitors will find the Capitol quiet and a nice … Continued

Arbor Day at the Capitol

It was a beautiful morning to plant a tree on the Capitol’s south west lawn in celebration of Arbor Day, Nebraska’s home grown holiday. Dignitaries from the Nebraska Forest Service and the Arbor Day Foundation joined Lt. Governor Mike Foley in celebrating Arbor Day at the Capitol.  

Rallying at the Capitol

Rallies at the Nebraska State Capitol are held on the public sidewalks around the perimeter of the Capitol grounds, and during warmer months, generally May – October, on the North Plaza of the Capitol. Groups wishing to rally at the Capitol must follow guidelines established by the Office of the Capitol Commission. For more information … Continued