Capitol Update | Nebraska State Capitol

Arbor Day at the Capitol

By Roxanne Smith | April 26, 2019

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

By Roxanne Smith | March 20, 2019

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

Youth Art Month at the Capitol

By Roxanne Smith | March 2, 2019

March is Youth Art Month at the Nebraska State Capitol. Beginning March 4 the Nebraska Music Education Association will hold a series of free noon time concerts in the 2nd floor rotunda.  The public is invited to enjoy Nebraska’s student musicians as they perform choral and band music. Monday, March 4th 12:00 -12:30pm   Schuyler … Continued

Capitol Closed March 2

By Roxanne Smith | March 1, 2019

The Nebraska State Capitol will be closed to allow for special statehood day activities sponsored by the Nebraskaland Foundation on Saturday March 2. The building will reopen for public tours on Sunday March 3 at 1:00 p.m.

Go Big Red! Capitol?

By Roxanne Smith | February 21, 2019

The Capitol was lit red to celebrate the University of Nebraska’s Charter Day, February 15th……. and the celebration continues. The Office of the Capitol Commission illuminates the Capitol with colored light at the request of non-profit and not for profit groups to draw attention to their work. OCC’s policy allows four lightings per year, with … Continued

Guidelines for Photography in the Capitol

By Roxanne Smith | December 21, 2018

The Office of the Capitol Commission has established guidelines for photographers, groups and individuals wishing to have their photos taken inside the Capitol. Because the Capitol is a public building with public functions of government taking place, private activities like photography sessions cannot block access or interfere with public functions such as guided public tours. … Continued

Capitol Tree Lighting Ceremony December 9

By Roxanne Smith | December 5, 2018

The Nebraska State Capitol will host the 71st annual Christmas Tree Lighting and Carol Sing sponsored by Pinewood Bowl Inc. in the second floor rotunda on Sunday December 9, 2018 at 2:00 p.m.  Prelude music by the Concordia Handbell Choir under the direction of Jessica Kite will begin at 1:30 p.m. Charlie Brogan with KFOR … Continued

New Ornaments for Capitol Tree

By Roxanne Smith | November 27, 2018

First Lady Susanne Shore continues the celebration of Nebraska’s 150 birthday on Sunday December 2, 2018.  From 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. new ornaments commissioned by the First Lady in a statewide call to artists will be on display in the 2nd Floor Rotunda of the Nebraska State Capitol. The ornaments, in the shape of Nebraska, … Continued

Call for Ornament Artists

By Roxanne Smith | July 6, 2018

First Lady Susanne Shore is offering a second opportunity for Nebraska artists – professional and emerging – to submit ornament proposals in the shape of Nebraska for the Nebraska State Capitol’s official holiday tree! Nebraska artists of any age may have up to 5 ornament designs selected for the holiday tree.  59 designs were juried … Continued

Capitol Arbor Day

By Roxanne Smith | April 27, 2018

Arbor Day, April 27, 2018, at 9:30 a.m. the Office of the Capitol Commission hosted dignitaries from the University of Nebraska, the Nebraska Forest Service and the Arbor Day Foundation at a tree planting ceremony on the West Lawn of the Nebraska State Capitol. Bob Ripley, Capitol Administrator introduces l. to r. Dan Lambe, President … Continued