About 60 people are attending 150 Years of Nebraska Storytelling, a signature event of the state’s sesquicentennial, at Ponca State Park. Nebraska’s history and the art of storytelling are explored through author presentations, writer workshops, American Indian perspectives and other experiences, including writing.
A fireworks show worthy of the state’s 150th birthday, Susanne Shore said, was proving too expensive, so they turned to a high-tech laser show displayed in sync with music.
The special one-time event — 150 Years of Nebraska Storytelling — invites participants to explore the state’s history and the art of storytelling through a series of educational experiences, including author presentations, writer workshops, American Indian perspectives and more.
Say what they will about Nebraska, and throughout its 150-year history a lot of people have tried, one thing is clear: Nebraska — its vastness, its weather, the shape of its land — has made an impression.
Gov. Pete Ricketts and first lady Susanne Shore announced Monday that $350,000 has been raised privately so far for a new “Nebraska Experience” program that will pay the expenses of public, private and home-schooled students to visit the Capitol or 11 other selected sites.
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.
John Ricks, executive director of the commission, said Nebraska is an amazing state to explore and the attendance figures show that others think so, too.
Did you know that Nebraska is the No. 1 grower of popping corn? That the population of almost 2 million is far surpassed by the cattle count of 6 million? Those topics and more are covered in the “Student Atlas of Nebraska.”
Omaha is the starting point for a rolling children’s museum that will truck back and forth across Nebraska this year in celebration of the state’s 150th anniversary of statehood.
The State Capitol Rotunda was abuzz Wednesday as state officials and residents gathered to celebrate Nebraska's 150th anniversary of statehood.
Happy anniversary, Nebraska.
“We’re a people who had to overcome presidential vetoes,” said Peter Longo, a political science professor at the University of Nebraska at Kearney. “We persevered, and we prevailed. We kept at it. We forged ahead. We built a good life.”
Like hundreds of schools across the state, the students had studied Nebraska and shared their knowledge with a presentation.
GRAND ISLAND – Cedar Hollow students celebrated the 150th anniversary of Nebraska statehood on Wednesday in word, song, dance and “performance art.”
Native Americans, explorers, missionaries, fur traders and European migrants navigated, settled and created what we now call Nebraska.
A photograph of sandhill cranes landing on the Platte River at sunset will grace a new stamp commemorating the state’s 150th birthday.
Todd A. Williams' “Painting the Legacy of Nebraska” exhibition is traveling to different venues in the state throughout the year, beginning March 1 at the Nebraska History Museum in Lincoln.
Nebraska 150th Anniversary events
Compiled by World-Herald correspondent Sue Story Truax
Sesquicentennial commission chairwoman Sara Crook celebrates the state
Every town tells a story
If Mayor George Bemis and the other City of Omaha officials who established Riverview Park near the end of the 19th century could have gazed into the future, they probably wouldn’t have believed their eyes.
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 …
Omaha streets, schools and landmarks carry the names of several pioneer businessmen and political leaders with Omaha connections. Here are some of them.
Standing Bear, the Ponca chief whose quest to bury his only son ended in a landmark court case, and Native American physician Susan La Flesche Picotte stand as monuments to civil rights and were Nebraskans who deserve the same kind of national acclaim as better known figures in history.
Though it’s nearly impossible for a large city to keep its oldest buildings around, in Florence it’s almost as though time stood still.
True Tales, Majestic Beauty, Noble Notables
Dan Holtz, a recently retired professor of Nebraska literature at Peru State College, feels most at home writing about, talking about and singing about — home.
The locomotive, carrying Nebraska celebrities and speakers, will make eight 1 1/2-hour stops across the state, starting in Omaha.
Treveor Jones, 44, came to Nebraska from Kentucky, where he was director of historical resources at the Kentucky Historical Society in Frankfort. He replaced Michael Smith, who retired last summer after a decade leading the Nebraska State Historical Society.
The Bone Creek Museum of Agrarian Art is accepting artist submissions until Feb. 25 for the exhibition “150 Artists, 150 Artworks, 150 Years of Nebraska in Miniature.”
"Celebrate the State: 150" is more than just a theme. The State Fair has received a special designation from the Nebraska Sesquicentennial Commission to become an official event of Nebraska’s 150 celebration, fair officials said.
The issue of Nebraska statehood was part of a bitter battle between President Andrew Johnson and Congress over the conditions by which former Confederate states would be restored to full participation in the Union.
Homestead National Monument in Beatrice, Nebraska, will hold a Nebraska 150 Film Festival to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Nebraska statehood.
The collectibles are available in a 1-ounce silver medallion with select 24-karat gold plating for $250, a 1-ounce silver medallion for $150, and a collector’s pack of five bronze medallions for $100.
Nebraskans are invited to participate in the state’s 150th anniversary of statehood by going online.
The opening exhibit of 93 photographs selected as winners in a competition sponsored by the Hildegard Center for the Arts in Lincoln will be Jan. 6 at the Great Plains Art Museum, 1155 Q St. The event is scheduled from 5 to 7 p.m.
Two hearts have already been placed in downtown Lincoln to raise the project’s public visibility and to inspire sponsors to step up before the opportunity vanishes. The deadline is Jan. 15.
Palisade is a village in Hitchcock County in southwestern Nebraska. If you drive down Main Street, you’ll see state historical marker 451. Stop and read the information, and you’ll find something interesting.
Revenue has provided $32,000 in grants for events, programs and projects across the state next year.
Nebraska became a state March 1, 1867, and plans are well underway for kickoff ceremonies and festivities at the State Capitol on Statehood Day next year.
See the beauty of Nebraska and celebrate the state's 150th anniversary at the same time.
Central City native and internationally known painter Todd Williams has put all 93 Nebraska counties on canvas for a statewide exhibition during Nebraska’s sesquicentennial celebration next year.
KEARNEY, Neb. — Jeff Searcy considers Nebraska’s sesquicentennial as a special event, not to be missed.
The Nebraska Sesquicentennial Commission is planning events across the state to highlight Nebraska’s history and improve the lives of Nebraskans, Gov. Pete Ricketts and first lady Suzanne Shore announced Monday at the State Capitol.
It’s probably fitting that a fight over taxes nearly kept Nebraska from becoming a state.
“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.”
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.