Better Hurry

By Roxanne Smith | October 19, 2023

As the northern hemisphere tilts away from the sun, autumn and winter arrive. As the trees in Lincoln stop photosynthesizing light energy into chemical energy, the chlorophyll in the leaves … Continued

2023 ornament

Ornamental light for 2023

By Roxanne Smith | August 15, 2023

Working in the Capitol provides the opportunity to find light and beauty every day. Capturing the light and beauty for more than a moment is the challenge. Before LED lamps … Continued

You can’t see him.

By Roxanne Smith | June 26, 2023

The number one complaint heard around the Capitol about Nebraska’s new license plate design is it’s too light to see clearly. The new plate design chosen by First Lady Susanne … Continued

Arbor Day in the Rain

By Roxanne Smith | April 28, 2023

The annual Capitol Arbor Day tree planting ceremony was held under cloudy and a little bit rainy skies on April 28, 2023. A large group of brave Arbor Day foundation … Continued

2017 Sesquicentennial Ornament

Sesquicentennial Ornament Returns

By Roxanne Smith | March 13, 2023

The 2017 Office of the Capitol Commission ornament celebrating Nebraska’s Sesquicentennial is once again available having sold out in the Sesquicentennial year. The ornament features the central medallion of the … Continued

Cornerstone Centennial Program

By Roxanne Smith | November 7, 2022

The Office of the Capitol Commission and the Nebraska Department of Veterans’ Affairs are hosting a Veteran’s Day program to commemorate the laying of the cornerstone for the Nebraska State … Continued

Peregrine Falcon Update

By Roxanne Smith | October 14, 2022

Joel Jorgensen, Nebraska Game and Parks Nongame Bird Program Manager reports the carcass of male Peregrine Falcon, 19/K, was found in a residential yard here in Lincoln. 19/K had lived … Continued

Imagine the Scene 100 Years Ago

By Roxanne Smith | August 26, 2022

Imagine the scene 100 years ago, south of downtown Lincoln, in a residential neighborhood, the new Nebraska State Capitol was under construction. Nebraskans, but especially Lincolnites, watched the progress of … Continued

2022 OCC ornament

2022 Capitol Ornament Here

By Roxanne Smith | April 21, 2022

Nebraska’s state mammal, the White-tailed deer is featured on the 2022 Office of the Capitol Commission ornament. Hildreth Meiere’s vestibule ceiling mosaic portrays “Nature’s Gifts to Man on the Plains” … Continued

Dome Appearance Changes

By Roxanne Smith | February 17, 2022

Capitol watchers will notice a difference in the appearance of the Capitol’s lantern. The gold dome appears duller and darker. The blue in the Thunderbird panels seems less brilliant. During … Continued