A special train tour begins today as the “Nebraska 150 Express” celebrates the state sesquicentennial.
Gov. Pete Ricketts and 1st Lady Susanne Shore will be joined by former Husker Coach Tom Osborne, astronaut Clayton Anderson, and Union Pacific CEO Lance Fritz on the train which will travel to Columbus, North Platte, Ogallala, Sidney, Gering, Kearney, and Grand Island.
It is all part of the year-long celebration, according to Nebraska 150 Celebration Executive Director Regan Anson.
“Our focus was to make this celebration about connecting Nebraskans, bridging communities, and enhancing state pride and I think we’ve accomplished those goals,” Anson tells Nebraska Radio Network.
Events and programs have been planned throughout this year as Nebraska celebrates its 150th birthday.
Anson says many of them have been special to her with the Statehood Celebration at the Capitol March 1st standing out.
“It’s those moments that I think you just kind of stop and take a breath and think about how far we’ve come as a people and as a state over the last 150 years,” Anson says.
A vintage Union Pacific train departs from Omaha this morning for the three-day tour of the state, stopping for rallies in Columbus, North Platte, Ogallala, Sidney, Gering, Kearney, and Grand Island. A detailed schedule of events is available online at www.ne150.org/express.
Osborne, also a former Congressman, will attend the first rally in Columbus. Anderson will attend the rallies in Columbus, North Platte, Ogallala, Sidney, and Gering. The governor’s office says Anderson will sign copies of his award-winning book, “The Ordinary Spaceman, From Boyhood Dreams to Astronaut,” while at the rally in North Platte on Friday.
For more information about the Nebraska150 Celebration, click here for the sesquicentennial website.
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:40]