West face of Capitol

A Summer Evening at the Capitol

By Roxanne Smith | April 29, 2021

Now that the evenings are getting warmer and it is staying light longer, it’s time for an evening stroll. What could be better than strolling the sidewalks around the four-square-block grounds of the Nebraska State Capitol and viewing the building in all its architectural beauty. An exterior tour of the Capitol’s art and architecture has … Continued

Virtual Youth Art Month Exhibit and Awards

By Roxanne Smith | March 8, 2021

Each year the Nebraska Art Teachers Association displays artwork by Nebraska’s state-wide student artists at the Capitol. At the end of the exhibition the Nebraska Art Teachers Association (NATA) holds an awards celebration in the Capitol Rotunda to honor the first place and honorable mention student’s artwork in each of the three categories: Elementary Level, … Continued

COVID19 Impacts on the 107th Legislature

By Roxanne Smith | January 15, 2021

Public Interaction with the 107th Legislature First Session will remain limited due to the ongoing pandemic. To watch the sessions live go to NET Live & On Demand.   Speaker of the Nebraska Unicameral Legislature Mike Hilgers has established procedures for the 2021 Legislative session which will allow the Legislature to discharge their constitutional duties … Continued

Standing Bear Goes to Washington, D.C.

By Roxanne Smith | November 9, 2020

One hundred years after the Ponca Tribe was forcibly moved from their northern Nebraska homeland to Indian Territory, Nebraskans recognized Ponca Chief Standing Bear for his contribution to Native American rights. Inducted into the Nebraska Hall of Fame in 1977-78, Standing Bear was again recognized as a symbol of the Ideal of Freedom during the … Continued

OCC's 2020 ornament

Capitol Gifts Available

By Roxanne Smith | October 6, 2020

  The 2020 Commemorative Ornament, plus previous year’s ornaments and Capitol T-Shirts are available directly from the Office of the Capitol Commission Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. by calling (402)471-0449 or by emailing roxanne.smith@nebraska.gov. The Capitol T-shirts feature artwork from the interior and exterior of the Capitol. The 2020 Capitol Commemorative … Continued

Courtyard Landscape Progresses

By Roxanne Smith | August 14, 2020

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

By Roxanne Smith | July 15, 2020

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

By Roxanne Smith | June 29, 2020

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

Sidewalk leading to accessible entrance

Capitol Tours Resume

By Roxanne Smith | June 8, 2020

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

By Roxanne Smith | March 17, 2020

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