Capitol Update | Nebraska State Capitol

Guidelines for Photography in the Capitol

By Roxanne Smith | December 21, 2018

The Office of the Capitol Commission has established guidelines for photographers, groups and individuals wishing to have their photos taken inside the Capitol. Because the Capitol is a public building with public functions of government taking place, private activities like photography sessions cannot block access or interfere with public functions such as guided public tours. … Continued

Capitol Tree Lighting Ceremony December 9

By Roxanne Smith | December 5, 2018

The Nebraska State Capitol will host the 71st annual Christmas Tree Lighting and Carol Sing sponsored by Pinewood Bowl Inc. in the second floor rotunda on Sunday December 9, 2018 at 2:00 p.m.  Prelude music by the Concordia Handbell Choir under the direction of Jessica Kite will begin at 1:30 p.m. Charlie Brogan with KFOR … Continued

New Ornaments for Capitol Tree

By Roxanne Smith | November 27, 2018

First Lady Susanne Shore continues the celebration of Nebraska’s 150 birthday on Sunday December 2, 2018.  From 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. new ornaments commissioned by the First Lady in a statewide call to artists will be on display in the 2nd Floor Rotunda of the Nebraska State Capitol. The ornaments, in the shape of Nebraska, … Continued

Call for Ornament Artists

By Roxanne Smith | July 6, 2018

First Lady Susanne Shore is offering a second opportunity for Nebraska artists – professional and emerging – to submit ornament proposals in the shape of Nebraska for the Nebraska State Capitol’s official holiday tree! Nebraska artists of any age may have up to 5 ornament designs selected for the holiday tree.  59 designs were juried … Continued

Capitol Arbor Day

By Roxanne Smith | April 27, 2018

Arbor Day, April 27, 2018, at 9:30 a.m. the Office of the Capitol Commission hosted dignitaries from the University of Nebraska, the Nebraska Forest Service and the Arbor Day Foundation at a tree planting ceremony on the West Lawn of the Nebraska State Capitol. Bob Ripley, Capitol Administrator introduces l. to r. Dan Lambe, President … Continued

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