|Title||Cover, First Day; Nebraska Statehood Stamp, with card|
|Object Name||Cover, First Day|
White envelope with a sepia-toned design on the proper right half. The design depicts the Nebraska Capitol Building and official Centennial medal surrounded by names of famous individuals and Native American tribes. Lettering above the design reads "Nebraska / Centennial / 1867-1967." Beneath the design is "Official First / Day Cover."
Nebraska Statehood five cent postage stamp in upper proper left corner. Stamp depicts a ear of corn with a cow in front of it. Hand stamp beneath postage stamp reads "First Day of Issue." Postmarked at upper center "Lincoln, NB / Jul / 29 / 1967."
Informational card included with envelope gives an overview of the history of Nebraska statehood, the Capitol building, and the University of Nebraska. Tan cardstock with black print.
|Place of Origin||USA: Nebraska (Lancaster), Lincoln|
|Used||USA: Nebraska (Lancaster), Lincoln|
Norris, George William, 1861-1944
Cather, Willa Sibert, 1873-1947
Bryan, William Jennings, 1860-1925
Pound, Louise, 1872-1958
Cody, William Frederick "Buffalo Bill," 1846-1917
Sandoz, Mari Susette, 1896-1966
Crazy Horse, ca. 1840-1877
Morton, Julius Sterling, 1832-1902
Pershing, John J. "Black Jack," 1860-1948
Flanagan, Father Edward Joseph, 1886-1948
Nebraska State Capitol
The Nebraska Centennial Commission was formed in 1961 by an act of the state Legislature. Ten members were appointed to the Commission by Governor Frank B. Morrison in November of that year. The Commission was reorganized and expanded to fifteen members in 1963. In 1965 the Unicameral appropriated $600,000 to finance the Centennial celebration to be held in 1967. The Commission set three goals for their Centennial program: (1) to honor the state's heritage; (2) to stage a state-wide birthday party from March 1 to November 25, 1967; and (3) to design programs and projects of lasting value.
To achieve these goals the Commission selected a director, Don Shriner. Under his leadership many projects were undertaken to promote the Centennial. He motivated the Centennial through cooperation with the state, county, and city Centennial committees. The Commission, among other achievements, assembled the state's largest historical pageant at Ash Hollow, re-enacted the Pony Express Run from St. Joseph, Mo. and the First Night Air-Mail Flight, organized a special Centennial Arbor Day observance, offered Pioneer Recognition Certificates to families who could claim 100 years of continuous residence in the state, promoted the restoration of the Thomas P. Kennard home as the Nebraska Statehood Memorial, by the Nebraska State Historical Society, formed 30 new local historical societies, and hosted the Nebraska Centennial Health Fair.
In connection with the state's Birthday Party the Commission sponsored a raft trip down the Missouri and Mississippi rivers by the one-raft Nebraska Navy, a state-wide contest for the Centennial "Golden Girl," local events in nearly every community in the state, and the Governor's Centennial Celebrity Golf Tournament in Hastings.
Many of the programs which the Commission wished to promote could not be financed by a state agency. For this reason on June, 1964, the Nebraska Centennial Non-Profit Association was formed. The Association could and did finance many of the Centennial programs, raising and spending thousands of dollars. Financed by the Association, the Commission promoted the Centennial Commemorative Medals, franchised Centennial souvenir manufacturers, promoted construction of the Centennial Mall between the Capitol and the State Historical Society in Lincoln, and organized a Centennial Sirloin program to promote Nebraska beef. The Commission was officially dissolved in June, 1968.
For more information see RG52: Nebraska Centennial Commission in the NSHS archives.
|Credit line||Mike Shriner, Overland Park, KS|