The Nebraska 150 Celebration planning committee has lined up dozens of events, so far, for the statehood milestone.
First Lady Susanne Shore says the yearlong festivities in 2017 will highlight Nebraska’s unique history, which she describes as “kind of wild west.
“The first governor was impeached. I think that’s very funny. There was some misappropriation of funds going on. There’s the whole story about how the (state) seal went from Omaha to Lincoln – great story,” Shore told reporters at a news conference with Nebraska 150 executive director Regan Anson. “We have such a dynamic, interesting history and that’s one of the things we want to come alive.”
Shore says many groups are planning local events in conjunction with the state effort, but they are looking for more from across the state.
“Something that’s within a one to two hour drive of every Nebraskan is one of our goals,” Anson said. “We want to be very inclusive of everyone within the state and make sure that we spread it out to encompass the entire year.”
Anson says grant funding will be available for some local events that need help. She says the fundraising effort is going well due to individual and group donations.
You can apply to be part of the Nebraska 150 Celebration