Capitol Update | Nebraska State Capitol

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

Lincoln in a Different Light

By Roxanne Smith | June 27, 2017

Once again the Capitol and Lincoln can be seen in a different light—sunlight. Every year during the longest days of summer the front face of the Capitol and the relief sculpture featured are bathed in sunlight.  Photographers and Capitol fans should take advantage of the early morning and later afternoon light to view the Capitol … Continued

Water is Flowing

By Roxanne Smith | June 15, 2017

Testing has begun on the Capitol courtyard fountains. Contractors and Office of the Capitol Commission staff are in the final test phase of the project. The courtyard fountains are flowing and final adjustments are being made to the volume of water and the height of the jet in the center. Capitol visitors and staff are … Continued

Courtyard Progress

By Roxanne Smith | June 2, 2017

Now that the bronze fountains are installed, the tile contractors are busy resetting the reclaimed original tiles and the new replacements. While the rains slowed progress, the sunny days have allowed them to near completion of the northwest courtyard. The image below shows the tile work being done. Once the tile work is complete, sod … Continued

Memorial Day at the Capitol

By Roxanne Smith | May 25, 2017

The Memorial Chamber at the top of the Nebraska State Capitol honors citizens in service of others. In 1929 the Grand Army of the Republic Auxiliary, the Women’s Relief Corps, dedicated two plaques in the Chamber. One plaque features the original Memorial Day Proclamation of 1868 whereby May 30 is designated for the “strewing of … Continued

A Perfect Day for a Tree

By Roxanne Smith | April 28, 2017

Lt. Governor Mike Foley and dignitaries from the Nebraska Forest Service and the Arbor Day Foundation braved a wet chilly Arbor Day to ceremonially plant a tree on the southwest lawn of the Nebraska State Capitol. During a brief break in the rain, Office of the Capitol Commission Administrator Bob Ripley conducted the ceremony to … Continued