9:30 am to 10:30 am United States Postal Service
Nebraska Statehood Forever® Stamp
First-Day-of-Issue Dedication Ceremony
Rotunda, Nebraska State Capitol
1445 K Street ~ Lincoln

10:30 am to
1:00 pm

Actor Portrayals of Willa Cather,
Chief Standing Bear & William
“Buffalo Bill” Cody

Special Music by
Nebraska High School Students
Rotunda, Nebraska State Capitol
1445 K Street ~ Lincoln

1:15 pm to
1:45 pm

Pony Express Delivery
West Side, Nebraska State Capitol

2:00 pm to 3:00 pm Official Statehood Day Ceremony
George W. Norris Legislative Chamber
Nebraska State Capitol
1445 K Street ~ Lincoln

6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

“Legacy of Nebraska” Exhibit
Grand Opening
Nebraska History Museum
131 Centennial Mall North ~ Lincoln

Seating at the State Capitol is open and extremely limited. Early arrival is recommended. Overflow seating will be available in the Rotunda and Warner Chamber for the Official Ceremony at 2 p.m., which will be live streamed at netnebraska.org.

The Nebraska 150 Celebration and the Nebraska Music Educators Association invite all Nebraskans to sing “Happy Birthday” to Nebraska on Wednesday, March 1, 2017. You can watch it live on NET at 2:00 that day. If you participate, please register so you can be a part of this potentially record-setting event.

Meet the Actors

Terry Lane as Buffalo Bill Cody

Terry Lane as Buffalo Bill

Terry Lane has portrayed The Honorable Colonel Wm. F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody for over 20 years and has represented the State of Nebraska in that role for Travel and Tourism advertising for fifteen years. Posters, billboards and brochures featuring Lane as Buffalo Bill are featured across Nebraska and nationwide.

Lane has performed his one person stage play “Meet Buffalo Bill” over 150 times in Nebraska, Kansas, Montana, Oklahoma South Dakota and Wyoming.

In 2002, Lane was commissioned a Colonel and Chief-of-Scouts in the Nebraska National Guard by the Governor and Adjutant General. The same rank held by Cody.

Lane has also performed several times as Cody in the Musical “Anne Get Your Gun” displaying his lack of singing and dancing skills.

Lane’s Masters degree is in US History from the University of Oklahoma and he and maintains a library of over 200 volumes on Cody, Pawnee Bill, Captain Jack and many of the other great showmen of frontier America.

Taylor R. M. Keen as Chief Standing Bear of the Ponca

Taylor R. M. Keen as Chief Standing Bear

Taylor Keen is a full time instructor in the Heider College of Business Administration in Strategy and Entrepreneurship at Creighton University and also a faculty member of Creighton Native American Studies program. Keen is also President of Living Red, LLC, an entity whose mission is to propagate tribal seed sovereignty, battle for tribal sacred geography and the seek cultural revitalization among tribal peoples.

Currently, Keen is teaching a practicum course this Fall entitled “The Sacred Economy of Indigenous Seeds” and through Living Red he is embarking on a journey with indigenous seeds of the upper Missouri River tribes to grow, harvest and celebrate the cosmology of the 4 Sisters (corn, bean, squash, and sunflower). Additionally, from his book-in-progress, he incorporates teachings of the sacred masculine / feminine of tribal peoples including the cosmology of Mother Corn and the Earth Mother goddess.

Keen holds a bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College as well as a Master’s of Business Administration and Masters of Public Administration from Harvard University, where he served as a Fellow in the Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development.
Taylor is the author of the book-in-progress entitled “Rediscovering America: Sacred Geography, the Ancient Earthen Works and the Real Story of America”.

Keen is a Trustee Emeritus of the Nebraska State Historical Society, Board member Emeritus of the Humanities Nebraska, and Chairman of the Blackbird Bend Corporation (The Omaha Nation of Nebraska and Iowa’s Economic Development Corporation).

Culturally speaking, Taylor is one of 4 “Tails” of the traditional UmoNhoN Society, a member of the Omaha Eagle Whistle Carrier Society and an inductee of the Kiowa Taipiah Gourd Dance Clan. Taylor is a life long traditional dancer, singer, and a seasoned Chautauqua historical interpreter who portrays Chief Standing Bear of the Ponca Nation and Confederate Brigadier General Stand Watie of the Cherokee Nation.

Betty Jean Steinshouer as Willa Cather

Betty Jean Steinshouer has been portraying Willa Cather on the Chautauqua circuit since 1989. She grew up in the Missouri Ozarks, attending undergraduate school in Speech and English at Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar, and going on to graduate work in English Literature at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. It was there, in the Shenandoah Valley, that she first discovered Willa Cather. After seven years of Cather research throughout the U.S., Canada, and Europe, she began doing Humanities programs, and has since presented Cather and five other authors in 43 states. In May 2017, she will perform at her first Fringe Festival in Orlando, Florida. She is a Fellow in Florida Studies at the University of South Florida, St. Petersburg.

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