Capitol Update | Nebraska State Capitol

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

911 Remembrance

By Roxanne Smith | September 11, 2017

The Lincoln Fire and Rescue Department, the Lincoln Police Department and the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Department paid tribute to the first responders who lost their lives on September 11, 2001 during and following the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon in Washington D.C. The ceremony at the Capitol … Continued

Attention Nebraska Fourth Graders Top Secret

By Roxanne Smith | August 31, 2017

As you start fourth grade in this Sesquicentennial year, our 150th year since statehood in 1867, you will want to dazzle your teachers, and classmates, with your knowledge of Nebraska. An amazing website was created to celebrate Nebraska’s 150th birthday; you can use it to get a head start on learning about Nebraska History. Using … Continued

Eclipsing the Capitol

By Roxanne Smith | August 10, 2017

For a brief moment on August 21, 2017 the Nebraska State Capitol will not shine as the most spectacular sight in the state. The Capitol will be eclipsed by the eclipse. Some Nebraskans and visitors may want to celebrate the Sesquicentennial by viewing both the eclipse and the Capitol. The Office of the Capitol Commission … Continued

Before school starts have a Capitol adventure

By Roxanne Smith | July 21, 2017

With school starting in just a couple weeks, families may be looking for one last adventure before everyone gets busy with school preparation. The Nebraska Tourism Commission is sponsoring the Nebraska Passport Program, the Capitol is one stop on the state-wide tour which runs through the end of September. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission … Continued