Nebraska has celebrated its 150th birthday and the First Lady hopes Nebraskans came away from the sesquicentennial with a sense of state pride.
First Lady Susanne Shore is pleased with how the year-long celebration unfolded.
“It was everything we hoped it would be,” Shore tells Nebraska Radio Network. “Our goals all along had been to connect communities, to bridge those communities, and connect individuals and then also to enhance state pride.”
Shore is proud of the 13 programs the Nebraska 150 Celebration put on during the year-long celebration of the sesquicentennial, ranging from the Statehood Day Celebration at the state Capitol on March 1st to the Salute to the Good Life celebration on Centennial Mall in Lincoln September 22nd.
Nebraskans were encouraged to contribute to their communities, plant trees, learn interesting trivia about the state, get into a physical fitness program, and tell their story about Nebraska. Fifth Grade students read the book “Chief Standing Bear of Ponca.” A mobile Children’s Museum crisscrossed the state.
Shore says she’s proud of all the communities that produced programs to celebrate local history.
Shore isn’t sure what can be done for an encore.
“I’m not quite sure what the next step is, but I hope what we carry away from it here on out is that we live in such a great place with such great people and I really hope those five to 30 year olds walk away from this going I’m so proud to be from Nebraska.”
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:45]