Capitol Update | Nebraska State Capitol

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

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

Commissioners View Albion Planning Project

By Roxanne Smith | April 25, 2010

Capitol Commissioners Governor Dave Heineman, at the podium, and UNL College of Architecture Dean Wayne Drummond helped Albion Mayor Paul Hosford unveil the plans UNL Professor Martin Despang’s students developed for revitalizing Albion’s downtown area. Following their opening remarks, the Governor and Dean, along with students and Albion community leaders viewed the plans and models … Continued

Capitol Staff Recognized

By Roxanne Smith | April 25, 2010

Office of the Capitol Commission staff have been honored for outstanding service by Administrative Services. At a Quarterly Recognition Ceremony on January 22, 2010, the Carpentry and Grounds Shops received recognition. A Tourism Aide with OCC was honored for her public service at a ceremony in July of 2009. Doni Peterson, Deputy Director of Administrative … Continued

Capitol Commission’s 2010 Schedule

By Roxanne Smith | April 25, 2010

The Nebraska State Capitol Commission has set their schedule of quarterly Commission meetings for 2010. All meetings are set to begin at 9:00 am in State Capitol Hearing Room 1507. The Joint Annual Meeting with the Capitol Environs Commission will be held at 10:00 am following the November 4, 2010 Capitol Commission Meeting.  

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

Exterior Masonry Update

By Roxanne Smith | April 24, 2010

Work on the Capitol Exterior Masonry Project stopped early due to the unusual December snow storms. In previous years the masonry contractor had been able to work well into December before shutting down. Demolition of the east entrance stairs, also planned for this winter resume once the snow melts and conditions improve. Work in 2010 … Continued