Educational Curriculum

The thematic program developed for the Nebraska State Capitol by University of Nebraska Professor of Philosophy Hartley Burr Alexander can be adapted for use to reinforce almost any curriculum addressing Nebraska History and Government, Western Civilization, Art and Art History. The guided tours provided for fourth graders on field trips address the Social Studies educational … Continued

Capitol News

Capitol Sower 2019 June 2019 Edition The Nebraska Capitol Commission is Created February 2019 Edition The Quest for a New Capitol Began 100 Years Ago 2018 February 2018 Edition HVAC Project Update. June 2018 Edition HVAC Project Activity. 2017 February 2017 Edition Tools of the Trade. June 2017 Edition Fountain Project Update. 2016 February 2016 … Continued

Capitol Update

Capitol Sower Newsletter

2021 HVAC Update and Judicial Branch Restoration HVAC Update Ventilation System 2020 Capitol architect chosen 100 years ago June 2020 Edition HVAC update and Restoration work in Court area February 2020 Edition HVAC update and Restoration work in project area 2019 August 2019 Edition HVAC Progress and Fountain Update June 2019 Edition The Nebraska Capitol … Continued

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History of Nebraska’s Capitols

In response to westward migration and the call for a trans-continental railroad Franklin Pierce signed the Nebraska-Kansas Act on May 30, 1854 creating the Nebraska Territory. The ensuing controversy over the location of the Territorial Capital in Omaha was not resolved until after Statehood in 1867, when the Legislature voted to move the State Capital … Continued

Standing Abraham Lincoln Sculpture

The Lincoln Monument on the West Plaza of the Nebraska State Capitol is the only structure on the grounds that predates Bertram Goodhue’s “Tower on the Plains” begun in 1922. The Nebraska Legislature created the Lincoln Centennial Memorial Association on April 14, 1903, and authorized it to spend ten thousand dollars in state funds on … Continued

More Goodhue Buildings

Bertram Goodhue designed many churches and public buildings during his life, including: All Saint’s Church, Ashmont, Massachusetts, 1892 Church of Our Savior, Middleboro, Massachusetts, 1897 The Deborah Sayles Public Library, Pawtucket, Rhode Island, 1899 The Public Library, Nashua, New Hampshire, 1902 U.S. Military Academy, West Point, New York, 1903-06 “El Furedis” Santa Barbara, California, 1903 … Continued

Project Phases and Timeline

In response to the competition requirement that the new Capitol be built in a fiscally responsible manner, Bertram Goodhue’s “cross within square” floor plan allowed construction to begin around the old Capitol while still occupied, and workers still conducting state business. After the north and south sections of the outer square of the new building … Continued