For the most part, you look better every year. Sure, you have a few wrinkles – like the rest of us – but you seem to embrace those wrinkles, roll with the stresses of everyday life, and adapt to disruptions thrown your way.
In 2017, the Cornhusker state celebrates its sesquicentennial. Last Friday, the Nebraska 150 committee unveiled the design chosen for the celebration’s seal.
Vivid colors depict Chimney Rock, Sandhill Cranes, and the Platte River, along with native grasses. The seal will be pressed into a silver commemorative medallion, along with pendants depicting the Capitol, railroad involvement, agriculture impact and Native Americans.
Since 2012, NE150 has been planning a grand party for the 150th celebration. The committee is comprised of 19 individuals, primarily from the Metro area. (Only two members live west of Seward and no committee member resides in Northeast Nebraska.)
Throughout 2017, celebrations will be held across the state to promote Nebraska’s history, increase current economic development plans and boost Nebraska’s image across the U.S.
Nebraska First Lady Sally Ganem pushed for a virtual tour of the Capitol. NET jumped on board to bring the tour to fruition.
One of the biggest price tags associated with the sesquicentennial has been the redevelopment of Centennial Mall, which stretches seven blocks from the Capitol to UNL. Originally built in time for Nebraska’s centennial, the strip of street blocks had become run down, lacking proper lighting and a sagging infrastructure.
The updated version of Centennial Mall will include a plaza area, wider sidewalks, and public gathering areas. Each block features a specific Nebraska story, including the story of Nebraska becoming a state, stewardship and natural resources, influential people and cultures, education and art. Wi-Fi, along with an interactive history system, will be available.
Hopefully, the restored Mall will appeal to visitors and draw people to the space.
In honor of Nebraska’s birthday, here’s a bit of trivia. Do you know…
- What are the three USHL hockey teams in Nebraska?
- Hudson-Meng archaeological site and Toadstool Geologic Park are within what federal expanse?
- What Columbus attraction pays tribute to the resident who invented the Higgins boat of WWII?
- What annual event in central Nebraska consists of a 300-mile continuous yard sale?
- What popular canoeing destination is referred to as Divorce River due to its level of difficulty?
- What occupies the former Union Passenger Terminal of the Union Pacific RR in Omaha?
- Once a vaudeville house, what Omaha theatre is home to Broadway productions, opera and dance?
- What Nebraska town was the third community in the U.S. to be named an official Booktown?
- Where can you find the world’s largest ball of stamps?
- What famous outlaw began his gun slinging career at Rock Creek Station near Fairbury?
Answers, in order: Lincoln Stars, Omaha Lancers, Tri-City Storm; Oglala National Grassland; Andrew Jackson Higgins National Memorial; Junk Jaunt; Dismal River; Durham Museum; Orpheum Theatre; Brownville; Boys Town; Wild Bill Hickok.
What’s your Nebraska IQ?