(Neb)-Ricketts, Wife Praise Sesquicentennail Celebration
LINCOLN - Thursday was Statehood Day in Nebraska and Governor Pete Ricketts and First Lady Susanne Shore used the occasion to thank residents for last year's sesquicentennial programs and events marking the.150th anniversary of statehood.
The governor said “Nebraska is the best place in the world to live, work, and raise a family" with the Nebraska150 Celebration helping "bring people together to celebrate and build on this legacy.”
The First Lady, who commissioned the Celebrating Nebraska Statehood Foundation, says the effort met its three goals of bridging communities across the stae, connecting Nebraskans with one another, and enhancing state pride.
The Nebraska150 Celebration implemented 13 programs and events in 2017 while supporting 364 events, programs, and projects planned by communities, organizations, schools, businesses, or government entities across the state.
Several, including the Now You Know Nebraska video series, NE150 Challenge web-based fitness program, and the Nebraska Impact volunteerism program are continuing at least through this year and could become permanent depending on support.
319 annual events and programs themed for the celebration such as parades, festivals and fairs were given "official" status, 28 one-time special events or projects received "signature" status, and 17 that had a last impact got "legacy" status.
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