THE STATE OF NEBRASKA

POPULATION
1,881,503

STATE FLAG

Nebraska was one of the last states to adopt a state flag. Representative J. Lloyd McMaster introduced a bill in 1925 to designate a state banner and the bill was passed.

"The eastern part of the circle to be represented by a steamboat ascending the Missouri River, the mechanic arts to be represented by a smith with a hammer and anvil, in the foreground, agriculture to be represented by a settlers cabin, sheaves of wheat, and stalks of growing corn, in the background a train of cars heading towards the Rocky Mountains, and on the extreme west, the Rocky Mountains to be plainly in view, around the top of the circle, to be in capital letters, the motto: "Equality Before the Law," and the circle to be surrounded with the words, "Great Seal of the State of Nebraska."

STATE FLOWER
GOLDENROD

Goldenrod was designated the official state flower of Nebraska in 1895 to "foster a feeling of pride in our state, and stimulate an interest in the history and traditions of the commonwealth."

STATE BIRD
WESTERN MEADOWLARK

Nebraska designated the western meadowlark as official state bird in 1929. The Western Meadowlark is a familiar songbird of open country across the western two-thirds of the continent. 

Western meadowlarks forage on the ground and beneath the soil for insects, grain and weed seeds.  They also nest on the ground - constructing a cup of dried grasses and bark woven into the surrounding vegetation. This nest may be open or have a partial or full grass roof, and sometimes a grass entry tunnel several feet long.

STATE TREE
COTTONWOOD

Nebraska designated the cottonwood as the official state tree in 1972.  The cottonwoods are deciduous trees of the poplar species, distinguished by thick, deeply fissured bark and triangular to diamond-shaped leaves.

THINGS TO DO

The Nebraska State Capitol, located in Lincoln, Nebraska, houses the primary executive, judicial, and legislative offices of the U.S. State of Nebraska.

Founded in 1992 by “Speedy” Bill and Joyce Smith, the Smith Collection Museum of American Speed, located in Lincoln, NE is dedicated to preserving, interpreting and displaying physical items significant in racing and automotive history. The federally recognized 501 (c) (3) museum currently encompasses more than 135,000 sq. ft. over three levels. The vast collection results from the Smiths’ personal involvement in racing and hot rodding for more than six decades, and their lifelong passion for collecting and preserving historic automotive artifacts.

A walk through the Strategic Air & Space Museum, located in Ashland, NE, is a walk through living history. Our singular task is to present this history in a way that honors the legacy and visions that have created the great heritage collected. Not only do we seek to be good stewards of the artifacts but also wise educators that encourage continuing innovation and greatness.