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11/20/17
Durham Museum will host Grand Finale of NE 150 Photo Exhibit, "Bridges"

From the HILDEGARD CENTER FOR THE ARTS

PRESS RELEASE | November 20, 2017

Contact Person – Kim Einspahr | Hildegard Center for the Arts
(402) 416.8650 or keinspahr@windstream.net 

The historic Durham Museum in Omaha—801 S. 10th Street—will host the final stop of the Hildegard-sponsored Sesquicentennial Traveling Photo Exhibit  “Bridges: Sharing Our Past to Enrich the Future”—November 24, 2017 through January 7, 2018. The entire collection of 93 winning photos will be featured during the popular Christmas at Union Station annual celebration.

Christmas hours at Union Station are as follows:

  •  Monday 10AM to 5PM; Tuesday-10AM to 8PM; Wednesday-Saturday 10AM to 5PM; Sunday- 1 to 5PM
  • Admission: Adults $11, Seniors $8, Children (3-12) $7, Members and children 2 & under are free.  For more information, visit DurhamMuseum.org.

Sunday, December 3rd, will be a free admission day from 1-5PM.  Many of the Bridges committee members and photographers will be present in the gallery from 2-4pm to meet with guests and celebrate the grand finale of this yearlong exhibit. The winning photographers have also been invited to the December 3rd event. 

The Bridges photo exhibit is endorsed by Nebraska 150 Commission as a “Signature Event,” and has traveled to seven regions throughout Nebraska in honor of the state’s 150th Sesquicentennial celebration. The project was a collaborative led by Hildegard Center for the Arts and the Nebraska Tourism Commission and Nebraska State Historical Society.  In 2015, the three organizations issued a statewide photocall to amateur and professional photographers alike, inviting them to capture images of historic sites or hidden treasures located across Nebraska. Over 800 photo submissions were received.
 

Ninety-three photographs, one from each county, were selected and represent a cross-section of Nebraska. The Durham Museum in Omaha marks the final stop of this celebrated exhibit. Quote—“As Nebraska’s Sesquicentennial year comes to a close, what a fitting venue for an exhibit that has linked history, generations and cultures as it has traversed this beautiful state”—Bridges project chair, Cathy Harrington.

 

See complete tour schedule:

  • Great Plains Art Museum in Lincoln: January 6 - March 25, 2017
  • Gallery 92 West in Fremont: April 4 – April 29, 2017
  • Seward Civic Center: June 1 - July 28, 2017
  • North Platte Prairie Arts Center: August 1 - September 22, 2017
  • Norfolk Art Center: September 7 - October 26, 2017
  • Carnegie Arts Center in Alliance: September 26 - November 10, 2017
  • Durham Museum in Omaha: November 24, 2017 - January 7, 2018

 

Serving as jurors for the Bridges Photo Call were Joel Sartore (National Geographic Magazine and NEBRASKAland Magazine); UNL Professor Emeritus George Tuck; and Bobbi and Steve Olson (contributors to Nebraska Life Magazine,)

The winning photos are featured in a digital catalog together with a virtual tour of all submitted photographs located at the Hildegard Center’s website www.hildegardcenter.org.

Also developed is a collection of Instructional Resources—ninety-three –to enhance Nebraska’s fourth-grade social studies curriculum. With assistance from the University of Nebraska at Omaha, a story map was also devised to give teachers/students access the instructional resources of a county via a virtual Nebraska map. The photos, instructional resources, and the story map can be accessed free of charge at the Hildegard Center’s website ‪www.hildegardcenter.org.  

 

The Omaha World-Herald has included all winning photographs and narratives in its published book titled “NEBRASKA: 150 YEARS TOLD THROUGH 93 COUNTIES,” available in stores and/or at the website www.owhstore.com. In 2017, the Nebraska Tourism Commission featured fourteen of the winning photos in its statewide calendar. Additional submitted photos will be highlighted NTC’s upcoming 2018 calendar.

 

The Bridges Sesquicentennial Traveling Photo Exhibit is supported in part by Humanities Nebraska and the Nebraska Cultural Endowment with the support of the Nebraska Sesquicentennial Commission and the following Statewide Sponsors; Johnson Hardware Company; the Ethel S. Abbott Charitable Foundation; and University of Nebraska at Omaha. For Regional Exhibit Sponsors and to learn more about the project, visit www.hildegardcenter.org.

 

Bridges Project Committee members: Cathy Harrington—Project Chair, Alexandra Alberda, Angela Carroll, Kim Einspahr, Jenn Gjerde, Rita Kean, Erin Lenz, Bob Puschendorf, Marilyn Stadler, Angela Sears, Donna Williams, Anne Woita

 

Bridges Educational Sub-Committee members: Donna Williams—Project Chair, Rita Kean, Cathy Harrington, Kim Einspahr and Anne Woita (Hildegard Center for the Arts); Bob Puschendorf and Sharon Kennedy (Nebraska State Historical Society); Harris Payne (State Department of Education); Paul Hunt (University of Nebraska at Omaha) and Ann Billesbach. 

 

QUOTES:

 

Norfolk Arts Center/ Denice Hansen, Executive Director

“The Norfolk Arts Center was so honored to host our region's portion of the "Bridges" exhibit. I believe the show was a beautiful marriage of art and history - education and entertainment - and a clear result of the hard work and dedication from the Hildegard Center for the Arts. The public responded with equal enthusiasm and appreciation for the works on display. “

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Carnegie Art Center in Alliance/ Kyren Conley Executive Director

"It was evident from our patrons' reactions that just the existence of an exhibit like this registered deeply in the hearts of fellow Nebraska residents.  People came from all around the panhandle and greater Nebraska, specifically to Alliance just to view the show.  A usual quick tour around the gallery for other exhibits turned into half an hour for guests viewing Bridges.  Walking slowly, our patrons poured over every photograph and the details of its parent county.  When a person would find their county photograph, you could see the excitement and pride swell in them.   This was not just a just an exhibit but a symbol of the love our residents have for their county, their state, and the place they call home." I would guess around 200 in two months. 

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North Platte Prairie Art Center / Holly Carlini, Executive Director

 

“The Bridges Exhibit was a beautiful display of the rich history of Nebraska.  The exhibit allowed viewers to be submerged in the landscape of each county...and it really took some viewers down memory lane as they sat and reminisced over a memory that a picture sparked.  It was a joy to watch the exhibit take on new meaning to each person who visited. “

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The Great Plains Art Museum –Lincoln/ Melynda Seaton, Director & Curator

 

“As part of the sesquicentennial celebration in 2017, the exhibition provided a unique and important opportunity for Nebraskans to share their vision of the state through photography. The Great Plains Art Museum was honored to be a collaborator in the project by hosting the inaugural installation of the photographs. We had an exceptional turnout and received many positive remarks about the exhibition.“

 

ABOUT HILDEGARD CENTER FOR THE ARTS:

Hildegard Center for the Arts (HCFA) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit arts organization founded in 2009.  Its mission is “to unite people of all beliefs, cultures and traditions to inspire humanity through the Arts.” HCFA partners with organizations and communities to provide opportunities in the visual and performing arts and educational outreach.

The Sesquicentennial Traveling Photo Exhibit “Bridges: Sharing our Past to Enrich the Future” is part of a three-year “Bridges” initiative at Hildegard Center for the Arts to connect people of all ages and walks of life. To learn more, visit www.hildegardcenter.org.

 

Office headquarters for Hildegard Center for the Arts is located in Old City Hall, 920 “O” St., Suite 1, Lincoln, Nebraska 68508. (402) 416-8650

ABOUT HUMANITIES NEBRASKA

Created in 1973 as a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, Humanities Nebraska is an independent, nonprofit organization governed by a volunteer board of public and academic members. HN funds programs that explore Nebraska’s heritage, build community awareness and strengthen ties to cultural traditions at home and abroad. The Nebraska Cultural Endowment is a public/private partnership that designates funds to HN for distribution. Any nonprofit group is eligible to apply for a grant from HN. The HN staff is available for grant consultation and will read proposal drafts. The Humanities Nebraska office is located at 215 Centennial Mall South, Suite 330, Lincoln, NE 68508.

 

ABOUT THE NEBRASKA 150 COMMISSION:

 On March 1, 2017, the State of Nebraska will celebrate its Sesquicentennial or 150th year of statehood. Planning is underway to commemorate this historic occasion with a yearlong celebration that will engage, educate and inspire the state’s citizenry while leaving a legacy for future generations.

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11/15/17
2018 Agri/Eco-Tourism Workshop to coincide with Center for Great Plains Studies 2018 Symposium

FOR INFORMATION, CONTACT:
Jenn Gjerde at 402-471-3768, or jenn.gjerde@nebraska.gov
Angela Sears at 402-471-7755, or angela.sears@nebraska.gov

2018 Agri/Eco-Tourism Workshop to coincide with
Center for Great Plains Studies 2018 Symposium
Registration Now Open

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

LINCOLN, Neb. (November 15, 2017) — Learn how tourism in your community and around the globe can save wildlife, create local jobs, and put money in the pockets of landowners and entrepreneurs. Register now for Plains Safaris: A Conference on Tourism and Conservation in the Great Plains on April 18-20, 2018, in Kearney, Neb. The Nebraska Tourism Commission's annual Agri/Eco-Tourism Workshop and the Heartland Scenic Byways Annual Conference will join their conferences with this event.

“We’re elated to be partnering with the Center for Great Plains Studies for the 2018 Agri/Eco-Tourism Workshop,” said Nebraska Tourism executive director, John Ricks. “This event will help us connect with more people seeking the opportunity to capitalize on Nebraska’s great potential as a destination for agritourism and ecotourism.”

This large-scale conference will bring together ranchers, business people, local leaders, community partners and conservationists, to learn how tourism can both be a business opportunity and a way to conserve nature in the Great Plains. Sessions will examine local and global models of conservation and tourism and will include several speakers from southern Africa where tourism has had stunning success in supporting conservation. Premiere speakers include:

•             Joel Sartore, National Geographic photographer, frequent Today Show guest, and The Photo Ark author.
•             Nils Odendaal, CEO, NamibRand Nature Reserve, Namibia, Africa
•             Martha Kauffman, managing director, World Wildlife Fund’s Northern Great Plains Program
•             Okwa Sarefo, owner and operator, Nature Leadership, Botswana, Africa
•             Dan Flores, author, American Serengeti and Coyote America
•             Reed Robinson, Manager, Tribal Relations & Indian Affairs, National Park Service, Midwest Regional Office
•             Dean Jacobs, traveler, author, photographer
•             Dipra Jha, Director of Global Engagement, Hospitality, Restaurant & Tourism Management
•             Michael Forsberg, conservation photographer
•             Ben Dumas and Chuck Cooper, Crane Trust
               ... And 20+ more


Along with a slate of impactful speakers, the conference offers hands-on opportunities to see and learn about regional ecotourism attractions during a series of pre-conference, optional field trips, and workshops. Field trips range in activity levels from an agritourism wine and food tour to prairie dog viewing to biking the prairie.

To register, get more information and find a full schedule go to https://www.unl.edu/plains/2018-ecotourism-symposium.

       

For more information about travel, events and unique destinations in Nebraska, order your free travel guide today at VisitNebraska.com. Then stay connected with Nebraska Tourism on our Visit Nebraska Facebook page, on Twitter, on Pinterest, on Instagram and on YouTube.
 
The mission of the Nebraska Tourism Commission is to expand Nebraska’s dynamic and diverse travel industry making it more viable by creating awareness, attracting increased visitors which results in greater tourism revenue and economic gain throughout the state. To learn more, go to VisitNebraska.com.

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10/31/17
Gov. Ricketts Hosts Inaugural Council for International Relations Meeting

From the Office of Governor Pete Ricketts

Photo Release: Gov. Ricketts Hosts Inaugural Council for International Relations Meeting

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Media Contact:  

Taylor Gage, 402-471-1970

Luke Robson, 402-471-1967

Governor Ricketts hosts the inaugural meeting of the Nebraska Governor’s

Council for International Relations at the Governor’s Residence.

 

LINCOLN – On Monday, Governor Pete Ricketts hosted the inaugural meeting of the newly-established Nebraska Governor’s Council for International Relations.  The Governor announced the formation of the council in July to bring together Nebraska business, agriculture, and education groups to expand overseas trade opportunities and develop new international partnerships for the state.

 

The Governor has identified three goals for the council.  They include:

 

  1. Develop comprehensive long-term strategies to expand existing trade relationships and promote new ones.
  2. Support growing partnerships and identify new opportunities to collaborate with overseas counterparts.
  3. Leverage our combined resources to grow current investments in Nebraska and explore prospects for future investment.

 

The first annual meeting focused on setting objectives for the next year based on the council’s goals, establishing a framework for further cooperation, and briefing the member organizations on the upcoming 50th Annual Midwest U.S.-Japan Association Conference, which will be held in Omaha in September 2018.

 

ABOUT THE NEBRASKA GOVERNOR’S COUNCIL FOR INTERNATIONAL REALTIONS

 

“International trade and engagement is a crucial part of our state’s long-term growth.  Whether it takes the form of beef exports, inbound foreign direct investment, or student and cultural exchanges, Nebraska’s relations overseas bring great benefit to the entire state,” said Governor Ricketts at the launch of the council in July 2017.  “My administration is continuously pursuing new strategies for expanding international markets, attracting new investment, and building the state’s profile overseas, and we are committed to maintaining a competitive edge in a global economy.  The Nebraska Governor’s Council for International Relations will help us take the next step to grow trade for Nebraska by leveraging our combined resources to grow current investments in Nebraska and explore prospects for future partnerships.”

Groups and individuals participating in the council include:

  • BioNebraska
  • Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce
  • Lincoln Chamber of Commerce
  • Midwest International Trade Association
  • Nebraska Beef Council
  • Nebraska Business Development Center
  • Nebraska Cattlemen
  • Nebraska Chamber of Commerce and Industry
  • Nebraska Corn Board
  • Nebraska Department of Agriculture
  • Nebraska Department of Economic Development
  • Nebraska Department of Education
  • Nebraska Diplomats
  • Nebraska District Export Council
  • Nebraska Dry Bean Commission
  • Nebraska Ethanol Board
  • Nebraska Farm Bureau
  • Nebraska Pork Producers
  • Nebraska Secretary of State John Gale
  • Nebraska Sorghum Board
  • Nebraska Soybean Board
  • Nebraska Tourism Commission
  • Nebraska Wheat Board
  • University of Nebraska
  • U.S. Commercial Service – Omaha

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10/26/17
2017 Nebraska Passport participants shatter records

FOR INFORMATION, CONTACT:
Press Contact: Jenn Gjerde at 402-525-4455 or 
jenn.gjerde@nebraska.gov
Passport Coordinator: Erin Wirth at 402-471-3789 orerin.wirth@nebraska.gov

2017 Nebraska Passport participants shatter records

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

LINCOLN, Neb. (Oct. 26, 2017)— This summer, more people than ever before traveled the scenic roads of Nebraska to get stamps in their
Nebraska Passport booklet. A record-setting 465 participants submitted Passports with all 80 stops stamped, compared to 168 in 2016 and 81 in 2015.

“I thoroughly enjoyed each and every stop that I made in the process of getting all 80 stamps,” said Kristen Andersen of Lincoln. “Once again the Nebraska Passport has proven how unique Nebraska is and how stopping in a small town and opening a door can open a whole new world. I encourage anyone and everyone to get off the beaten path and explore Nebraska, there’s so much to see and do. Looking forward to next year’s adventure!”

2017 Nebraska Passport Statistics:
• There were 275% more prize entry sheets submitted in 2017 than in 2016
• 167,153 total stamps were collected (up 190% from 2016)
• The average number of stamps on submitted Passports was 32
• Participants included residents from over 376 Nebraska communities and 43 states
• The top 10 most visited stops were:

  1. UNL Dairy Store, Lincoln
  2. Runza Restaurant, Lincoln
  3. Bakers Candies Inc, Greenwood
  4. eCreamery Ice Cream & Gelato, Omaha
  5. Nebraska State Capitol, Lincoln
  6. University of Nebraska State Museum – Morril Hall, Lincoln
  7. Nebraska History Museum, Lincoln
  8. Glacial Till Tasting Room, Ashland
  9. Fort Cody Trading Post, North Platte
  10. The Chocolate Bar, Grand Island

 
“The number of people participating in this program is remarkable. We set some fairly hefty goals for this year and all of those were exceeded by a long shot,” said Nebraska Tourism Commission executive director, John Ricks. “Every year more and more people discover Nebraska’s hidden gems through the Passport.”

The winner of this year’s grand prize drawing is Richard Cecava of Omaha. He will receive an Omaha Steaks Butcher’s Share Quarter of Beef with a free chest freezer, in addition to other program prizes.

The 300 Nebraska Lottery scratch coupons prize will go to Ellen Mohling of Beatrice.

A new giveaway this year was four Nebraska Getaways. Those winners are Austin Pelc of Wayne, Liza Miller of Riverdale, Starlight Fonseca of Council Bluffs, Iowa, and Shea Holland of Marietta, Georgia.

Travelers who visited participating locations and collected stamps could also earn prize t-shirts, wall calendars, Bakers Chocolates, Nebraska 150 Ceramic Mugs and a Passport Gift Box that includes a jacket, car deal and a sampling of products from 2017 Passport stops.
 
Be a 2018 Nebraska Passport Stop
Applications are now being accepted for the Nebraska Tourism’s 2018 Passport program. To be considered as a featured destination in the 2018 Nebraska Passport program, go to 
http://nebraskapassport.com/program/forpassportstops/ and fill out an online application before December 31, 2017 at 5 p.m. (CST). Questions about participating in the program can be directed to Erin Wirth at erin.wirth@nebraska.gov or 402-471-3789.

Before applying, please consider that, if selected, your destination must:

•Offer an exceptional, unique visitor experience
•Be open regular, reasonable, consistent hours and keep the same hours of operation throughout the Passport season
•Display excellent customer service
•Abide by Nebraska state law that prohibits charging participants for admission in order to receive a stamp

More information on the Passport program and stories from Passport travelers can be found at
NebraskaPassport.com.

     

For more information about travel, events and unique destinations in Nebraska, order your free travel guide today at VisitNebraska.com. Then stay connected with Nebraska Tourism on our Visit Nebraska Facebook page, on Twitter, on Pinterest, on Instagram and on YouTube.
 
The mission of the Nebraska Tourism Commission is to expand Nebraska’s dynamic and diverse travel industry making it more viable by creating awareness, attracting increased visitors which results in greater tourism revenue and economic gain throughout the state. To learn more, go to 
VisitNebraska.com.

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10/20/17
Nebraska Tourism opens grant cycle and promotes marketing opportunities

FOR INFORMATION, CONTACT:
Press: Jenn Gjerde at 402-471-3768, or jenn.gjerde@nebraska.gov
Grant Coordinator: Heather Hogue at 402-471-3774, or heather.hogue@nebraska.gov

Nebraska Tourism opens grant cycle and promotes marketing opportunities

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Lincoln, Neb. (Oct. 20, 2017)— The Nebraska Tourism Commission’s application cycle is now open for both the Tourism Marketing Grant Program and Community Impact Grant Program. The programs offer funding opportunities to organizations to promote their events, destinations, community or region to travelers.

Through the Community Impact Grant program, large-scale events can apply for assistance to attract out-of-state visitors and generate favorable national or international press coverage for their event.

The Tourism Marketing Grant Program encourages applicants to get involved in the group tour marketplace, attend travel shows in target areas, advertise in the Nebraska Travel Guide and on VisitNebraska.com, as well as take part in marketing efforts through the Commission's social media programs.
 
"Our goal is to direct efforts to markets currently demonstrating the highest propensity to generate visitation to the state while making participation as affordable as we can," said John Ricks, Nebraska Tourism Commission, executive director. "The recommended promotions are eligible for grant funding, which makes it inexpensive for applicants to tie into the Commission's major campaign efforts."
 
The grant cycle is open until December 15, 2017. Grant recipients will be announced January 31, 2018. Click here to view grant guidelines. ( https://visitnebraska.com/media/industry/category/grants )
 

       

For more information about travel, events and unique destinations in Nebraska, order your free travel guide today at VisitNebraska.com. Then stay connected with Nebraska Tourism on our Visit Nebraska Facebook page, on Twitter, on Pinterest, on Instagram and on YouTube.
 
The mission of the Nebraska Tourism Commission is to expand Nebraska’s dynamic and diverse travel industry making it more viable by creating awareness, attracting increased visitors which results in greater tourism revenue and economic gain throughout the state. To learn more, go to VisitNebraska.com.

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