The Nebraska Hall of Fame Commission is accepting nominations for its next inductee.
State Historical Society director Michael Smith says they are looking for someone who has made a difference in the public sector.
“Whose career reflects public service, I think is a fair thing to say,” Smith told reporters at a news conference kicking off the process. “They may have been a very successful businessperson. They may have been a very successful educator. I think we recognize that, but what extra. What’s a little extra that brings them up to the top?”
The Nebraska Hall of Fame brings public attention and official recognition to those people who, in their lives, have achieved prominence and who were outstanding Nebraskans. “Nebraskans” means those who were born in Nebraska, who gained prominence while living in Nebraska, or whose time living in Nebraska influenced them and contributed to their greatness. An eligible person also must be deceased for at least 35 years.
Smith says after applications are submitted this year, the Commission will hold public hearings next spring on the nominees.
“We want the best nominees, the best nominations, and really get a public understanding of the value of a Hall of Fame, which allows us as citizens to reflect on these special people in our state’s history,” Smith said.
Smith says an induction will happen in 2019 to allow time to raise as much as $30,000 that is needed for a bust, plaque, and pedestal.
More information about the Hall of Fame nominations is HERE.