NE 150: Diverse Origins sponsored by Cub Scouting

1:30-4:00 pm, Saturday, April 8, 2017

at the Nebraska State Capitol Building and Grounds

Thanks to all volunteers and attendees for a successful event! The estimate is about 500 total participants, of which about 300 were youth.

Article in Journal Star on the front of the Local section with a teaser above the front page header (April 9).

Channel 8 News Top Story for the evening news (April 8).

Listen to the interview that was on NET Radio's Friday Live at the Mill (at time 10:21).

The Trial of Standing Bear, a recording of the trail recreation for the event, is now available on You Tube.

Activity Stations

Ancient Biology: Find a fossil in the rotunda

View fossils with Paleontologists from the University of Nebraska and the original drawings for the Capitol Building, then find your fossil in the mosaic floor of the Capitol rotunda

Partners: University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the University of Nebraska State Museum

Native Americans: Walk the trail & hear the trial of Standing Bear

Trail: Follow the drum and learn the story of Standing Bear by walking his path across the giant map on centennial mall.

Trial: Hear the words of Standing Bear in the Supreme Court Chamber and discover the important legal rights for which he argued. Note: the trial is a timed event at 1:45 pm, 2:30 pm, and 3:15 pm. Free tickets are available on a first-come basis at the Information Desk, with additional seating as available.

Partners: Nebraska Commission on Indian Affairs, University of Nebraska Inter-Tribal Exchange (UNITE) and the Nebraska Supreme Court, including special guests Supreme Court Justices Heavican and Wright.

Pioneers: Pack your wagon

Interact with household supplies of the pioneers, then decide what to pack in your wagon. There is space for one special personal item, so draw it on a button and wear your button on your shirt.

Partners: Nebraska State Historical Society

Underground Railroad: Choose your path

Learn about slavery with artifacts from the Mayhew Cabin. Then escape slavery on your route from Missouri to Iowa across Nebraska. At each town you must choose the safe house to avoid being recaptured.

Partners: Mayhew Cabin and Troop 16

Civil War Veterans: Join a regiment

The Sons of the Union Veterans of the Civil War will be keeping an Honor Guard at Lincoln’s statue while you muster with the regiment, learning how to form ranks and march.

Partners: The Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, Ron Rockenbach, and Crew 21

Immigrants: Learn a language & play a game

Hear the immigration story of Germans from Russia while designing a quilt and tossing "horseknuckles" in a classic game of Bunnock. Then learn a fun phrase in a new language from a recent immigrant.

Partners: Lincoln Chapter of the American Historical Society of Germans from Russia and Lincoln Literacy

I Spy: Explore art around the Capitol

At key spots inside and outside the building, which 5 of the 8 elements can you spot in the architecture of the historic Capitol Building. If you're having a trouble, a Boy Scout will be there to help. This will include access to the Governor's reception room and the legislature's ceremonial Warner Chamber.

Partners: Golden Sun Lodge of the Order of the Arrow , Senator Laura Ebke, Senator Patty Pansing Brooks, Senator Tom Brewer, and Office of Governor Pete Ricketts

Your Origins: Share your family story

Record the story of your family's immigration on the giant sheet of paper. When and how did you, your family members, or your ancestors arrive in Nebraska and the United States?

Guided building tours are available starting at 2:00 pm, 3:00 pm, and 4:00 pm by the north entrance, main floor. Tours take approximately 30 minutes.


Additional Event Partners: Nebraska Capitol Commission, Cornhusker Council of the Boys Scouts of America, Mid-America Council of the Boy Scouts of America, Overland Trails Council of the Boy Scouts of America, Longs Peak Council of the Boy Scouts of America

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