Nebraska launches 1-year countdown for 150th birthday

Feb 29, 2016

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The director of a commission organizing celebrations for Nebraska's 150th birthday next year says events will be held within driving distance of every citizen.

Sesquicentennial commission director Regan Anson, Gov. Pete Ricketts and first lady Susanne Shore on Monday announced efforts to connect Nebraska communities with statewide initiatives for the Nebraska 150 celebration next year.

Anson says the commission is sponsoring 12 efforts so far, including a statehood day celebration March 1, 2017; a traveling children's museum exhibit; a three-day whistle stop train tour sponsored by Union Pacific Railroad; and volunteering, physical activity and tree-planting opportunities across the state.

Shore says communities and organizations can apply to link their own activities to the statewide celebration.

Ricketts says the events will be an opportunity to draw tourists to Nebraska.


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