It’s time to celebrate.
Nebraska begins its official sesquicentennial celebration today, the 150th anniversary of Nebraska becoming a state.
An official ceremony begins at two this afternoon in the Capitol Rotunda, but before that the Postal Service delivers the Nebraska Statehood Stamp and actors portray famous Nebraskans.
At 9:30am, the first-day-of-issue dedication of the stamp takes place in the second floor Capitol Rotunda.
At 10:30am, a number of actors will portray various notable Nebraskans at the Capitol.
At 1:15pm, the National Pony Express Association – Nebraska Division will deliver the original statehood proclamation to Gov. Pete Ricketts.
Ricketts hopes Nebraskans learn more about their history during the year-long ceremony, including that our first territorial governor, Gov. Francis Burt, died only days after taking the oath of office.
“This state has always been a tough place, especially in the early days, and you have to be tough to be here. And that’s what is really great about our people,” Ricketts tells Nebraska Radio Network.
That answer prompted us to ask if you have to be tough to be governor of this state.
“Well, I think you have to be tough to be a Nebraskan,” Ricketts replies. “We certainly have a lot of grit in our state to do all the wonderful things we have. Our heroes are tough people and that’s what’s great about living here.”
The Official Statehood Day Ceremony begins at two this afternoon in the George W. Norris Legislative Chamber.
For more on the sesquicentennial celebration click here for the Nebraska 150 Celebration website.
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:50]