The long-awaited day is finally here.  Nebraska’s 150th birthday!  For months, the folks at  NE150 have been planning some fabulous celebrations to be happening around our state in honor of Nebraska’s big milestone.  While many celebratory events will be taking place across Nebraska over the coming months, the main statehood events are happening today at the Nebraska capitol building.

I found a succinct version of today’s schedule online on the Capitol website.

  • The Nebraska State Capitol will host the day long March 1st Sesquicentennial activities celebrating 150 years of Nebraska’s statehood in the second floor rotunda.
  • 9:30 am to 10:30 am United States Postal Service Nebraska Statehood Forever® Stamp First-Day-of-Issue Dedication Ceremony
  • 10:30 am to 1:00 pm Actor Portrayals of Willa Cather, Chief Standing Bear & William “Buffalo Bill” Cody with Music by Nebraska High School Students
  • 1:15 pm to 1:45 pm Pony Express Statehood Proclamation Delivery West Side, Nebraska State Capitol
  • 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm Official Statehood Day Ceremony George W. Norris Legislative Chamber

Note: Seating at the State Capitol is open and limited. Early arrival is recommended. Overflow seating will be available in the Rotunda and Warner Chamber during the Official Ceremony at 2 p.m., which will be live streamed at netnebraska.org.

To learn more specifics about the events or to learn more about the speakers, please visit the Statehood Day Celebration.

Tonight is also the grand opening of the Legacy of Nebraska exhibit.  This collection of 123 paintings completed by native Nebraskan Todd Williams will make its debut at the Nebraska History Museum.

If you are unable to attend the events today but would like an excuse to visit the Nebraska capitol building, you could enjoy live music over lunch the next two days.  The Nebraska Music Educator’s Association is having their annual Music Education Week.  Evidently several groups performed the first part of the week, but these students are still set to perform.

  • Thursday, March 2nd
    12:00-12:30pm   Kahoa-Sheridan Elementary Strings
    12:30-1:00pm     Zeeman Elementary ChorusFriday, March 3rd
    12:00-12:30pm   Grand Island Northwest Woodwinds
    12:30-1:00pm     Lincoln Public Schools Girls Chorus

Happy 150th birthday, Nebraska!