Fledged Falcons Find New Home

By Roxanne Smith | May 23, 2011

Two of the eyas (chicks) fledged by the pair of Peregrine Falcons nesting atop the Nebraska State Capitol have found a home in Topeka, Kansas. The pair named Boreas and Nemaha, produced three eyas and are busy raising them.

Arbor Day at the Capitol

By Roxanne Smith | April 29, 2011

  State Forester Scott Josiah reminded those assembled of the ReTree Nebraska efforts to plant 1,000,000 trees in Nebraska between 2007 and 2017. Mark Derowitsch of the Arbor Day Foundation emphasized the importance of trees in improving our environment by reducing soil erosion, helping conserve energy by shading homes in summer and blocking cold winds … Continued

Astronaut Returns Flag

By Roxanne Smith | April 20, 2011

Today in the second floor rotunda of the Nebraska State Capitol astronaut Clayton Anderson returned the Nebraska state flag he had taken with him on his June 8, 2007 Space Shuttle Mission to the International Space Station. Speaker of Nebraska’s Unicameral Legislature Mike Flood from Norfolk called upon Senator Bob Krist from Omaha and Senator … Continued

Observation Decks Open

By Roxanne Smith | April 1, 2011

Now that the Exterior Masonry Restoration Project is complete all four sides of the 14th floor observation level are open to the public.  It has been 12 years since visitors could view all four directions from the top of the Nebraska State Capitol. Visitors to the Capitol and observation decks may have an opportunity to … Continued

Capitol Volunteer Recognized

By Roxanne Smith | March 8, 2011

The Office of the Capitol Commission thanks longtime volunteer Arlene Rash for her many years of service at the Capitol Information Desk.  Arlene provided valuable information to visitors and citizens, helping them find their way around the Capitol. Governor Dave Heineman presented Arlene with a letter of thanks at a special ceremony in her honor.  … Continued

Music Education Week at the Capitol

By Roxanne Smith | March 1, 2011

March is Youth Art Month and Nebraska’s Music Education Association is sponsoring a series of noon concerts in the Capitol Rotunda from February 28 – March 4. Today the Pawnee City Girls’ Ensemble helped Nebraska celebrate it’s March 1st Statehood Day by singing Nebraska’s state song, “Beautiful Nebraska” as part of their performance. Wednesday the … Continued

Capitol Muralist Recognized

By Roxanne Smith | April 25, 2010

The Nebraska State Capitol was prominently featured in a 2009 exhibition at the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts at St. Bonaventure University, St. Bonaventure, New York. The exhibit, Walls Speak, is the first major show to recognize the outstanding artistic contributions of Hildreth Meiere. Because Meiere worked primarily as a muralist curator, Catherine … Continued

Gift Shop Renovated

By Roxanne Smith | April 25, 2010

The Nebraska State Historical Society’s corridor door, and carpet. Electrical and computer Landmark Store in the Capitol opened wiring were upgraded to accommodate the November 20, 2009, to rave reviews. Everyone remarked at the new interior decor. Few realized that Office of the Capitol Commission staff had worked behind the scenes to create a state-of-the-art … Continued

Cleaning Limestone Masonry

By Roxanne Smith | April 25, 2010

For years preservationists have had to rely on invasive and labor intensive techniques to clean masonry structures. With the recent restoration projects at the Nebraska State Capitol, preservation staff looked for the latest developments in masonry cleaning and tested these techniques for their effectiveness to clean and preserve the Capitol. At the beginning of the … Continued

Flag Pole Restoration

By Roxanne Smith | April 25, 2010

It is the goal of the Office of the Capitol Commission to restore and reuse original components of the Capitol whenever possible. The removal of the original flag poles from the exterior of the two legislative chambers to accommodate tuckpointing and copper roof installation provided the opportunity for OCC staff to restore these important original … Continued