Bessey Bust Installed

By Roxanne Smith | December 1, 2011

The bust of the most recent inductee into the Nebraska Hall of Fame, Charles Edwin Bessey, has been placed in the north west gallery of the second floor rotunda in the Nebraska State Capitol. Bessey’s bust was sculpted by Littleton Alston.  Charles Bessey is best remembered for the hand planted Nebraska National Forest near Halsey, … Continued

Happy Thanksgiving! The Capitol will be open on Saturday and Sunday

By Roxanne Smith | November 26, 2011

The Nebraska State Capitol will be closed to the public on Thanksgiving Day and the Friday after. The building will reopen on Saturday November 30 at 10:00 a.m. Tours will be available at 10:00 and 11:00 am and at 1:00, 2:00, 3:00 and 4:00 pm.  The Capitol will be open for Tours on Sunday December … Continued

Finishing with a Flourish

By Roxanne Smith | November 15, 2011

Lincoln is home to many oaks and they are providing a final flourish of fall color. For those coming to Lincoln for Thanksgiving weekend or the football game, the Nebraska Capitol will be open Saturday November 26 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday November 27 from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.  The Capitol will … Continued

Hurry while it lasts!

By Roxanne Smith | October 25, 2011

The time is right to view fall colors from the observation deck of the Nebraska State Capitol.  The Autumn Purple Ash trees flanking Goodhue Boulevard south of the Capitol are the annual harbinger of what will soon be a spectacular display of color and light.  From the top of the Capitol Lincoln’s community forest of … Continued

Promenade—A leisurely walk for pleasure.

By Roxanne Smith | August 17, 2011

The Promenade at the Nebraska Capitol is a delightful place for a leisurely stroll.  Once again open for the full circuit, staff and visitors are able to take advantage of this elevated walkway. The second floor level exterior promenade reveals a very different view of the Capitol and grounds. The exterior carved panels representing Government … Continued

Capitol Commission receives Heritage Nebraska awards

By Roxanne Smith | July 25, 2011

Office of the Capitol Commission staff attended Heritage Nebraska’s third annual awards dinner in York, Nebraska to received Preservation Awards.  Heritage Nebraska celebrates history through education, outreach, preservation and stewardship of Nebraska’s downtowns, historic neighborhoods, barns, churches, schools, and historic resources. At the July 22, 2011 Heritage Nebraska awards dinner Capitol Commission staff members were … Continued

WAGES Program Serves State

By Roxanne Smith | July 20, 2011

Visitors to the Capitol this summer have enjoyed tours provided by Anna Matveyeva.  Anna is a high school student from Norfolk, Nebraska participating in the WAGES Program. WAGES stands for Work and Gain Experience in the Summer.  Currently only 30% of blind individuals are employed nationwide.  Of those, only 5% are fully employed. WAGES is … Continued

Lincoln’s new Peregrine Falcon named Lincoln

By Roxanne Smith | July 15, 2011

The lone eyas to fledge at the Nebraska State Capitol this year was given the name Lincoln in the Nebraska Games and Parks Name the Falcon Contest.  Lincoln can be frequently seen staying cool in his nest box.  Birds don’t sweat, so to keep cool, they pant or fluff up their feathers, or like Lincoln, … Continued

Congratulations South Carolina!

By Roxanne Smith | June 29, 2011

Congratulations South Carolina!  Winners of the College World Series in Omaha. Thanks to all the folks attending the College World Series who made the trip to Lincoln to see our beautiful Nebraska State Capitol.  It was great having you in the building.

It’s a boy! Probably.

By Roxanne Smith | June 7, 2011

On June 7, 2011 Joel Jorgensen, Nongame Bird Program Manager, Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, Lauren Dinan, Nongame Bird Biologist, Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, Janet Stander, Raptor Recovery Nebraska, and Karl Linderholm, Nebraska falconer, took part in the banding and inspection of the single eyas (Peregrine Falcon chick) being raised by the resident Peregrine … Continued