The program encourages Nebraskans and tourists to travel the state collecting stamps to earn prizes, while also supporting small businesses, attractions and hidden gems, says John Ricks, Nebraska Tourism Commission executive director.

Nebraska is known for beef and agricultural products. But did you know Kool-Aid was invented in Hastings? Or that the 911 emergency system and McRib had their origins in Lincoln? Here are some of the better and lesser-known inventions and products that have sprung up in the state during the …

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“I think it’s a beautiful logo,” Gov. Pete Ricketts said. “I think it does a great job of representing Nebraska and I’m very excited to see this all over the state as people start celebrating our 150th anniversary of statehood.”

150TH STATEHOOD DAY EVENTS, MARCH 1

State Capitol
All events in Rotunda unless otherwise indicated

9:30-10:30 a.m.: First-Day-of-Issue Nebraska Statehood stamp dedication ceremony

10:30 a.m.: Willa Cather portrayed by Betty Jean Steinshouer

11:10 a.m.: Lincoln’s Scott Middle School Select Choir, directed by Paul Eschliman

11:25 a.m.: Chief Standing Bear portrayed by Taylor Keen

12:05 p.m.: Waverly High School Singers, directed by Rachel Kornfield

12:20 p.m.: Buffalo Bill Cody portrayed by Terry Lane

1 p.m.: Millard North High School Symphony Chamber Orchestra, directed by Debbie Martinez

1:15-1:45 p.m.: Pony Express delivery, west side of Capitol

2-3 p.m.: Official Statehood Day Ceremony, Legislative Chamber and Rotunda (seating first come, first served; overflow in Warner Chamber)
Remarks by Gov. Pete Ricketts, Chief Justice Mike Heavican and Speaker of the Legislature Jim Scheer. Hannah Huston will sing “The Star-Spangled Banner’’ and “America the Beautiful.’’ Reading of “Nebraska: A Treasured State’’ by State Poet Twyla Hansen. Secretary of State John Gale will read the original statehood proclamation. Singing by Lincoln’s Everett Elementary Chorus and the Waverly Singers Octet


NEBRASKA: 150 YEARS TOLD THROUGH 93 COUNTIES

The World-Herald’s David Hendee brings the state’s history to life in the book “Nebraska: 150 Years Told Through 93 Counties.” The counties have served as the building blocks for Nebraska, and Hendee weaves their stories into a tapestry of Nebraska’s people, places and events. Order the 196-page hardcover book online at owhstore.com or by phone at 402-444-1014. The cost is $29.95.