Capitol Update | Nebraska State Capitol

Changing Seasons

By Roxanne Smith | April 24, 2018

Spring 2018 is bringing many changes to the Nebraska State Capitol. We are fairly confident it won’t snow again, so we’ve opened the main north entrance on second floor. This means the promenade deck will be open for evening strolls, no jogging or bicycling please. The Promenade Deck is open sunrise to sunset. The Peregrine … Continued

School Tour Season Arrives

By Roxanne Smith | March 14, 2018

March brings busloads of fourth graders to Lincoln and the Capitol for their Nebraska History field trip. Students from across Nebraska visit the building hoping to take a tour, meet with their state senator and watch the Legislature in session. Most of the prime tour times, 10:00 and 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. are already … Continued

March is Statehood Month

By Roxanne Smith | February 27, 2018

Capitol sculptor Lee Lawrie’s relief sculpture on the northeast corner of the Capitol represents Nebraska, a pioneer woman wearing a bison robe and carrying scepter of corn, presenting the 37th star for the flag to Washington, D.C. represented by Columbia seated on an eagle throne. Carrying the flag beside her is a Civil War veteran. … Continued

Legislative Session Begins

By Roxanne Smith | January 3, 2018

Wednesday January 3, 2018 the Second Session of 105th Legislature convened at 10:00 a.m. For information about the Legislature please go to their website. There you will find the Legislative Calendar, ways to find and contact your Senator, bills introduced, committee hearing schedules, and everything else you will need to be an informed citizen and … Continued

The Lights Are Off For Now

By Roxanne Smith | December 28, 2017

The lights in the Capitol will be off on Monday New Year’s Day because the Capitol will be closed. The lights in the George W. Norris Legislative Chamber are off now. But Wednesday January 3 they will come back on as the second session of the 105th Legislature convenes at 10:00 a.m. For information about … Continued

Capitol Holiday Information

By Roxanne Smith | November 15, 2017

With the festive winter holidays approaching, it’s time to think about a visit to the Nebraska State Capitol with family and friends. Weekday tours are offered at 9:00, 10:00, and 11:00 a.m. and at 1:00, 2:00, 3:00 and 4:00 p.m. On Saturdays the Capitol is open for tours at 10:00, 11:00 am and 1:00, 2:00, … Continued

Because They Fall

By Roxanne Smith | October 25, 2017

Words of wisdom from a fourth grade visitor at the Nebraska State Capitol. Asked why autumn is sometimes called fall, a fourth grade student on tour responded “Because that’s when the leaves fall.”  Don’t miss out, before the leaves fall, take a trip up to the 14th floor observation decks and watch the urban forest … Continued

Standing Bear Statue Dedication

By Roxanne Smith | October 11, 2017

The Nebraska State Capitol serves as a history book of Nebraska through its artwork and symbolism. No history of Nebraska is complete without mentioning the First Nebraskans. On the exterior of the Capitol flanking the main entrance stair, the names of the Native American tribes to call Nebraska home are inscribed above the Indiana limestone … Continued

Courtyard Fountains Dedicated

By Roxanne Smith | September 22, 2017

On Friday September 22nd the Legislature’s Sesquicentennial gift to Nebraska was dedicated. The four courtyard fountains intended to be the focal point of the Nebraska State Capitol’s courtyards were not installed during original construction due to the Great Depression. As part of Nebraska’s Sesquicentennial celebration the fountains were installed and the Nebraska Capitol Commission kicked … Continued

Salute to the Good Life September 22 at the Capitol

By Roxanne Smith | September 19, 2017

The Nebraska Sesquicentennial Commission’s gala tribute to Nebraska’s history, culture and military personnel will begin at 4:00 p.m. Friday September 22 on Centennial Mall north of the Nebraska State Capitol. Activities will include a mobile children’s museum, food trucks from across the state, the Nebraska National Guard Band, a laser light show, musical performances, the … Continued