Roxanne Smith, Author at Nebraska State Capitol

2020 Capitol Ornament available

The year 2020 has brought many changes to our lives, not only our personal but also our public life has changed. Little did the Office of the Capitol Commission know in January when creating the 2020 Nebraska State Capitol Commemorative Ornament that 2020 would be a year like no other in recent memory. While a … 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

Session Reconvenes with COVID Changes

As the Nebraska Unicameral reconvenes to complete its 106th Legislative Session, Speaker Jim Scheer has implemented new procedures to provide a safer environment for Senators and staff to finish their work for Nebraskans. Beginning July 20 and running through the August 13, 2020 adjournment, the Legislature will meet with proper social distancing and very limited … Continued

Capitol is subject for artists

The Nebraska State Capitol, an architectural and artistic masterpiece, contains artwork telling Nebraska’s story. The many different pieces of art were created by many different artists over many different decades. The artwork in the Capitol includes sculpture, mosaic and oil paint on canvas. Among the images of Nebraska are native flora and fauna, the First … Continued

Capitol Tours Resume

Free guided public tours of the Nebraska State Capitol have resumed following the Governor’s recommendations for keeping healthy during the COVID19 pandemic. Guides will be wearing face shields to protect visitors as they provide tours and will maintain a proper 6 foot social distance from visitors. Visitors are encouraged to follow CDC recommendations and maintain … Continued

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