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(Neb)-Nebraska 150 Celebration Unveils Online Initiatives   Listen

By: John Axtell Posted at: 12/28/2016 02:31 PM
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Nebraska officially begins its year-long Sesquicentennial Celebration on Sunday, marking 150 years of statehood with dozens of events across the state, but leaders of the Nebraska 150 Celebration unveiled 4 of its initiatives this morning.

      First Lady Susanne Shore, a member of the Celebration board, led a news conference in the Capitol that included her husband Gov Pete Ricketts and project organizers, saying the 4 programs being highlighted were part of an effort to keep the Sesquicentennial feeling alive long after the year of celebration.

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The 4 highlighted initiatives are intended to promote volunteerism, fitness, a sense of history and knowledge about the state.

      The Nebraska Impact initiative encourages residents to volunteer at least 150 hours next year and track their progress online while the Nebraska 150 Challenge is a web-based fitness program that challenges residents to walk, run, bike or swim at least 150 miles in 2017.

     The I Am Nebraska initiative is an effort to collect oral histories of the state while Now You Know Nebraska is a series of 174 short online videos with snippets of interesting facts about the state.

       Nebraska became the nation's 37th state on March 1, 1867, and planning for the Nebraska 150 Celebration began in 2012.


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