Thursday, July 25, 2013

Capitol Masterpiece Documentary

The Nebraska State Capitol Building towers over the city of Lincoln and projects an image of the spirit of the pioneers who traversed the plains and the people who have built this great state.  Towering 363 feet above the three story base, The Sower rises above a gold-tiled dome.  Over all the building measures 400 feet, making it the second tallest United States statehouse in the nation.  The Nebraska capitol design is unique in that it is not like the traditional federal dome found in other statehouses.
Nebraska State Capitol, Lincoln, Nebraska

Inside there are stunning sculptures, mosaic, carvings and artwork.  These all pay homage to the natural and human history of the state.  The design of the capitol was selected in a 1920 nationwide competition and completed in 1932.  From the outside of the building throughout the inside, a story is told.

NET (Nebraska's PBS station) will be telling that story as Nebraska's Capitol Masterpiece on August 5th at 7 p.m. (on NET1 and NETHD) and on August 8th at 7 p.m. (on NET1 and NETHD).  Viewers will watch the state capitol building take shape from creation to completion.  Be sure you take time to watch the trailer for Capitol Masterpiece, then set your TV to watch the program in its entirety.

People in Nebraska are proud of their state capitol building, so it great to show it off in this documentary.


  1. This will be interesting. My great grandfather's obituary said the following:

    "Conrad Boehler. To have witnessed and had a part in the marvelous development of Nebraska in an agricultural way was a source of him of great pride and pleasure. As a pioneer farmer in Nebraska, his name was enrolled on a scroll deposited in the archives of our new State Capital Building during the ceremonies in connection with the laying of the corner stone."

    I wonder if the scroll is in an archive there or if they mean they buried it in a time capsule thing in the corner stone? I would love to see the scroll.


  2. Deb ... thanks for sharing this. I would assume that it means it was in the corner stone, but the archives portion of the statement may mean something else. You might want to contact the Nebraska State Historical Society in Lincoln, NE. Their web page is E-mail would be They may be able to give you some ideas as to where it is. Good luck ... and it is a fascinating piece of information.