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02/15/18
Presidents Day, Celebrate in Nebraska’s capital city

PRESS RELEASE

FOR INFORMATION, CONTACT:
Jenn Gjerde at 402-471-3768 or jenn.gjerde@nebraska.gov

Presidents Day 
Celebrate in Nebraska’s capital city

LINCOLN, NE (February 15, 2018)— Celebrate this Presidents Day by venturing to a few locations in Lincoln, Nebraska, named for U.S. President, Abraham Lincoln.

Grab some lunch at Honest Abe’s and then go out for a scavenger hunt of all the statues and memorials of Abe scattered throughout Lincoln.  Even snap a selfie with him and use #AbeLNK on social media.
John Ricks, Executive Director of the Nebraska Tourism Commission, stated, “Lincoln, Nebraska is the largest city in the world with the namesake of our 16th president and there are a lot of tributes to him here. It’s a grand place for a fun history lesson.”
For more information go to https://visitnebraska.com/.

Lincoln Visitors Center
Stop at the Lincoln Visitors Center in the historic Haymarket and be greeted by a giant Abe Lincoln bobblehead. While there, collect information about destinations in Lincoln and snap a selfie with Abe and some fun props!

Honest Abe’s
Honest Abe’s, a burger joint, makes incredibly and honestly tasty burgers for honest people. The theme of the restaurant: Abraham Lincoln. Stop in for a bite and take in all of the Abraham Lincoln décor and merchandise.

Nebraska State Capitol
The Lincoln Monument, on the west side of the State Capitol is an 8.67-foot tall bronze statue commemorating Abraham Lincoln. The creator of the statue stated he “purposely tried to represent Lincoln bearing the burdens and perplexities and problems of the Great War.” The Gettysburg Address is carved in the granite backdrop behind the statue. There is also a depiction of the Emancipation Proclamation on the side of the Nebraska Capitol.

Pioneers Park
Four iconic columns from the Treasury Department in Washington D.C. are now nestled on a beautiful hill overlooking a small lake at Pioneers Park. It has been said that Abraham Lincoln addressed the Union troops from between these very columns while they were still in Washington D.C.

City/County Building
The statue of young Abraham Lincoln is located right in front of the Justice and Law Enforcement Center part of the City/County Building. Titled the “The Rail Joiner”, this statue depicts Lincoln joining two fence rails symbolic of him rejoining the North and South. 

Southpointe Pavillions Shopping Center
There are several statues at Southpointe Pavillions Shopping Center commemorating presidents in American history. Abraham Lincoln guards the front door of Scheels from his bench and is always ready to sit and relax with shoppers.
 

     

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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01/31/18
Nebraska Tourism announces tourism grant recipients

FOR INFORMATION, CONTACT:
Press Contact: Jenn Gjerde at 402-525-4455 or jenn.gjerde@nebraska.gov
Grant Administrator: Heather Hogue at 402-471-3774 or heather.hogue@nebraska.gov

Nebraska Tourism announces tourism grant recipients

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

LINCOLN, Neb. (January 31, 2018)— The Nebraska Tourism Commission today announced grant awards totaling $835,548 in the combined application cycle of the Community Impact and Tourism Marketing Grant programs. The Commission received a total of 76 applications this grant cycle requesting $1,757,906.50 in funding.
 
The Commission’s grant programs are very competitive and involve a selection committee of grant reviewers from the private and public sectors and citizens at large. “This round of grant awards provides funding to communities, events and organizations, directing the funds towards innovative opportunities in group tour promotions, social media marketing, digital advertising and more – providing an affordable way for communities to tie into the Commission’s major campaign efforts while increasing overall impact,” said Commission Executive Director John Ricks. 
 
Awardees this grant cycle are: 

  • $256,442.50 to the Omaha Sports Commission for the 2020 US Olympic Team Swimming Trials and continued branding efforts of the Greater Omaha Area as a premier sporting city in the US
  • $40,585 to Nebraska City to promote the community and the 50th Annual AppleJack Festival
  • $36,537.38 to Friends of the International Quilt Study Center for the 10th Anniversary Celebration
  • $28,700 to Opera Omaha for marketing of the ONE Festival
  • $26,500 to Visit Omaha for group tour promotions
  • $25,000 to Cheyenne County Tourism to promote their marketing campaign
  • $25,000 to Kearney Visitors Bureau for Groups and Meetings marketing and directed marketing
  • $25,000 to the Western Nebraska Tourism Coalition to promote their marketing campaign
  • $25,000 to Lincoln Calling for promotion of the 2018 music festival
  • $25,000 to Maha Music Festival in Omaha for promotion of the 2018 event in conjunction with Big Omaha
  • $25,000 to the Lincoln CVB for promotions to the Group Tour, Meetings, Sports, Religious and Leisure markets
  • $24,996 to the Omaha Equestrian Foundation for marketing of the International Horse Competition
  • $24,723 to the Golden Spike Tower in North Platte for promotion of Rail Days and directed marketing promotions
  • $19,760 to Rabble Mill’s Skate Art Music Fest marketing campaign
  • $15,000 to Kearney Cultural Partners for directed marketing
  • $14,500 to North Platte/Lincoln County CVB for directed marketing
  • $14,197.50 to Willa Cather Foundation in Red Cloud for marketing/branding
  • $12,421 to the Sports Nebraska State Sports Coalition marketing campaign
  • $12,000 to the Columbus/Platte County CVB for directed marketing
  • $9,750 to Hastings Museum for directed marketing
  • $9,750 to Lied Lodge at Arbor Day Farm in Nebraska City for directed marketing
  • $9,000 to York CVB for directed marketing
  • $9,000 to Museum of Nebraska Art in Kearney for directed marketing
  • $8,625 to Norfolk CVB for directed marketing
  • $8,000 to Grand Island/Hall County Visitors Bureau for directed marketing
  • $7,000 to Sandhills Journey Scenic Byway for directed marketing
  • $6,845 to Gering CVB for directed marketing
  • $6,750 to McCook/Red Willow County Visitors Bureau for directed marketing
  • $6,750 to the Nebraska High School Sports Hall of Fame Foundation for directed marketing
  • $6,500 to Joslyn Castle in Omaha for directed marketing
  • $6,187.50 to Red Cloud Area Chamber for directed marketing
  • $6,100 to Fontenelle Forest in Bellevue for directed marketing
  • $5,250 to McCook Economic Development/Southwest Tourism Coalition for directed marketing
  • $5,250 to Minden Chamber of Commerce directed marketing
  • $5,250 to Nebraska State Historical Society Foundation for directed marketing
  • $5,020 to Wessels Living History Farm in York for directed marketing
  • $4,500 to Kearney’s Classic Car Collection for directed marketing
  • $4,147.50 to Star City Pride in Lincoln for directed and additional marketing
  • $4,000 to Brownville Cultural Center for directed marketing
  • $4,000 to Friends of Lied Center for Performing Arts in Lincoln for directed marketing
  • $3,750 to the Archway in Kearney for directed marketing
  • $3,000 to Northwest Nebraska Tourism for directed marketing
  • $2,991 to Seward’s Red Path Gallery and Tasting Room for directed marketing
  • $1,500 to Knox County Economic Development for directed marketing
  • $1,500 to Calinda’s Pot Shop & Art Gallery in Ashby for directed marketing
  • $1,500 to Mustang Club of America for directed marketing
  • $1,500 to Genoa US Indian School Foundation for directed marketing
  • $1,299.62 to Gage County Historical Society’s promotion of Gene Coon: From Beatrice, Nebraska to Star Trek and Beyond
  • $1,040 to Legal Aid of Nebraska and Center for Rural Affairs for Answering the Call: Veteran Farmer Conference
  • $1,000 to Seward Arts Council for directed marketing
  • $1,000 to Harchelroad Motors in Imperial for Funfest in the Midwest
  • $1,000 to The 2018 Renaissance Festival of Nebraska near Omaha for directed marketing
  • $430 to Legacy of the Plains Museum for directed marketing of their Harvest Festival

For additional information about future grant opportunities through the Nebraska Tourism Commission, please visit 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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01/30/18
Nebraska Tourism encourages Americans to plan for vacation

FOR INFORMATION, CONTACT:
Jenn Gjerde at 402-471-3768, or jenn.gjerde@nebraska.gov

Nebraska Tourism encourages Americans to plan for vacation
Research Shows Planners Take More Vacation, Are Happier

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

LINCOLN, Neb. (January 30, 2018— As part of National Plan for Vacation on January 30, the Nebraska Tourism Commission is encouraging everyone to plan their 2018 vacations.  
 
Every year more than half of Americans (54%) fail to use all their time off, creating a stockpile of 662 million unused vacation days. In Nebraska, it’s even worse with 66% of employees leaving time unused and 4,971,831 days unused.
 
The most effective remedy for American workers who want to use more vacation days is better planning. Yet just over half (54%) of households set aside time to plan the use of their vacation time each year. National Plan for Vacation Day, launched by Project: Time Off, is a call-to-action for Americans to stop making excuses and start making vacation plans.
 
“Nebraska is celebrating National Plan for Vacation Day because it’s time for Americans to reclaim their vacation days,” said John Ricks, Nebraska Tourism executive director. “By planning, we can all reap the benefits of taking a break while giving yourself something to look forward to, like maybe a trip to or across our beautiful state.”
 
Research shows that planners have a distinct advantage over non-planners. Project: Time Off’s The State of American Vacation 2017 report found that planners use more of their time, take longer vacations, and are happier.

  • 52 percent of planners took all of their vacation time vs. 40 percent of non-planners.
  • 75 percent of planners were more likely to take a full week of vacation time or more at a time. Non-planners take significantly fewer days—zero to three—than planners at once (42% to 18%).
  • More planners report they are “very” or “extremely” happy with their relationships (83% vs. 70%), health and well-being (57% vs. 48%), company (57% vs. 51%), and job (59% vs. 50%) compared to non-planners.

 
America’s unused vacation represents a missed economic opportunity. Americans 662 million unused vacation days presents a $236 billion economic opportunity—a $382,074,103 boost for the Nebraska economy.
 
“America’s vacation deprivation shortchanges the time we invest in our personal relationships, undermines our performance at work, and threatens our economic well-being,” said Katie Denis, chief of research and strategy for Project: Time Off. “In 2018, Americans need to plan for their bucket list, instead of the to-do list.”
 
National Plan for Vacation Day, celebrated on January 30, is a day to encourage Americans to plan their vacation days for the rest of the year at the start of the year.  Launched by the U.S. Travel Association’s Project: Time Off initiative in 2017, National Plan for Vacation Day provides an opportunity to come together at a single moment to rally around the importance of planning for a vacation. In its inaugural year, more than 600 organizations, representing all 50 states came together to encourage Americans to plan for vacation. Learn more at ProjectTimeOff.com/Plan and join the conversation online with #PlanForVacation.

       

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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11/28/17
Tourism signs could soon mark Nebraska destinations

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

Tourism signs could soon mark Nebraska destinations

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

LINCOLN, Neb. (November 28, 2017)- The Nebraska Tourism Commission has established a Tourism Marker Program to mark significant tourism attractions within the state. The program was established through LB 449 in 2015 and was designed to inform travelers throughout the state about what there is to see and do in the area surrounding the marker. The markers will consist of a 48 X 48 anodized aluminum information panel supported by two posts, similar to the signs put up by the Nebraska Historical Society.

"These signs will help communities across the state highlight or draw attention to attractions in their areas," said Nebraska Tourism Commission executive director John Ricks. “I’m eager to see the markers in place enticing more people to stop and enjoy their time here.”

Over the past few years the Tourism Commission has been working closely with the Nebraska Department of Transportation to make this project a reality. The tourism markers will be put up at the expense of the destinations or communities. Only non-profit organizations and government entities are eligible to apply for a tourism marker. The Nebraska Department of Transportation will erect and maintain highway tourism markers and determine the exact location of tourism markers with consideration given for the safety and welfare of the public.

Tourism Marker applications are now being accepted and can be found at VisitNebraska.com/industry under Promote Your Attraction. The Tourism Commission's Tourism Marker Committee will regularly vote on the marker applications that have been submitted.

     

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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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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