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Vestibule

The theme of the Vestibule is “Gifts of Nature to Man on the Plains”. The sun, an important gift of nature, is represented in the top of the dome, the chandelier and the large floor mosaic. In the Guastavino mosaic tile dome, surrounding the sun and a calendar featuring the four seasons is a large circle showing agricultural products of Nebraska.

The outer border of the dome contains the inscription:

Behold they come as householders, bringing earth’s first fruits, rejoicing that the soil hath rewarded their labors with the abundance of its seasons.

The pendentives in the corners of the dome showcase the four seasons of agriculture. The arches surrounding the dome are filled with native fauna of Nebraska.

The three large wall murals were painted by James Penney and added to the Capitol in 1963. In sunset colors Penney painted “The Homesteader’s Campfire”, “The First Furrow” and “The House Raising”.

Vestibule Dome

Vestibule Dome

Vestibule dome

Winter

Winter

Hildreth Meiere's Winter mosaic in the Vestibule dome

Spring

Spring

Hildreth Meiere's Spring mosaic in the Vestibule dome

Summer

Summer

Hildreth Meiere's Summer mosaic in the Vestibule dome

Fall

Fall

Hildreth Meiere's Fall mosaic in the Vestibule dome

Sowing- One of the Seasons of Agriculture

Sowing- One of the Seasons of Agriculture

eagle

eagle

Bald Eagle in Vestibule Arch

The Homesteader's Campfire by James Penney

The Homesteader's Campfire by James Penney

The First Furrow by James Penney

The First Furrow by James Penney

The House Raising by James Penney

The House Raising by James Penney