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Nebraska State Symbols, Emblems, and Mascots

Nebraska Symbols, Emblems, and Mascots

Nebraska is the headquarters for several large investment and insurance companies, including Berkshire Hathaway, Mutual of Omaha, and TD Ameritrade. Students studying in Nebraska can explore the Agate Fossil Beds and the picturesque Niobrara National Scenic River, Chimney Rock National Historic Site, and Scotts Bluff National Monument.

Nebraska gets its name from an Indian word meaning "flat water" after the Platte River that flows through the state. The Nebraska Territory was formed in 1854 at the same time as the Kansas Territory. Nebraska was admitted into the Union in 1867 as the 37th state. Its nickname, "Cornhusker State," refers to the way that corn (a leading product of the state) was commonly harvested, "husking" it by hand, before the invention of husking machinery. Another nickname, the "Beef State," refers to one of Nebraska's main industries, cattle. Omaha has been a major meatpacking center since the 1880s. Although Omaha was the territorial capital, Lincoln, named in honor of the 16th president, is the state capital. The state mammal is the white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus).

Nebraska State Symbols contains descriptions and pictures of the state symbols, emblems, and mascots of the state, which can be quickly accessed. This resource guide represents many of Nebraska state facts such as Nebraska state symbols, the state flower, the state gemstone, the state insect, the state tree, the state bird, the state animal, the state flag that flies over Nebraska, and the capital, as well as many more symbols, emblems, and mascots. These types of state directories are designed to help children learn, and are often used by children in the public and private education system as well as home schooled children.

Nebraska State Symbols, Emblems, and Mascots

State Symbols
Symbol Name - (Species)
Adopted
American Folk Dance Square Dance Sep 19,
1997
Ballad "A Place Like Nebraska" Oct 9,
1997
Baseball Capital Wakefield Oct 9,
1997
Beverage Milk Sep 10,
1998
Bird Western Meadowlark (Sturnella neglecta) Mar 22,
1929
Fish Channel Catfish (Ictalurus punctatus) Sep 13,
1997
Flag State Flag 1925
Flower Goldenrod (Solidago serotina) Apr 4,
1895
Fossil Mammoth (Elephas primigenius,
(Elephas columbi or Columbian elephant)
(Elephas imperator)
Mar 1,
1967
Gemstone Blue Chalcedony (Blue Agate) Mar 1,
1967
Grass Little Bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium) May 5,
1969
Historical Baseball Capital St. Paul Oct 9,
1997
Insect Honeybee (Apis mellifica) 1975
Mammal White-tailed Deer (Odocoileus virginianus) Feb 26,
1981
Motto "Equality before the law" 1867
Nickname

Cornhusker State

1945

Poets and Laureates Twyla M. Hansen (December 1, 2013)
William Kloefkorn of Lincoln
John G. Neihardt (1921-November 3, 1973)
William Kloefkorn (September 11, 1982-May 19, 2011)
1921;
Sep 11,
1982
Quarter Nebraska State Quarter Apr 3, 2006
River Platte River Feb 26,
1998
Rock Prairie Agate Mar 1,
1967
Seal Great Seal 1867
Soft Drink Kool-Aid May 21,
1998
Soil Holdrege series (Typic Arguistolls) Apr 5,
1979
Song "Beautiful Nebraska" Jun 21,
1967
2008
Tree Cottonwood (Populus deltoides) 1972
Village of Lights Cody Dec 11,
1997

Designating symbols in Nebraska

Contrary to the practices of other states, the Governor of Nebraska has been empowered to designate official state "items." In 1997, the Nebraska Unicameral Legislature granted the Governor this authority by an act of law. Section 90-119 of the Nebraska Statutes reads:

90-119. Governor; designate official state items.

The Governor may designate official state items, including animals, plants, minerals, and other things. Legislative approval of any such designation is not required. Any designation made on or prior to September 13, 1997, is not affected by this section.

Source
Laws 1997, LB 106, 1.

Those who wish the promote a new state symbol in Nebraska might want to consider working through the office of the Governor.

 

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