Happy 150th Birthday, Nebraska!  

On March 1, 1867 Nebraska became a state.  NMEA is collaborating with the NE150 Celebration with various activities during the year, including "Sing Across Nebraska" and performances in the Capitol Rotunda on March 1 and March 8, 2017.

Results of NE150 Celebration for "Sing Across Nebraska"

On March 1, 1867(150 years ago), Nebraska became a state. NMEA asked students in Nebraska schools to sing “Happy Birthday, Nebraska” at the same time. The final count is being submitted as the proof for a Guinness Book of World Records.

Drum roll, please . . . there were 60,587 voices counted from 194 locations. Locations besides schools included Veteran's Homes, Rehabilitation Centers, Nursing Homes, Daycares, Families, Museums, and Individuals. The NE150 planning committee has now dubbed this a Legacy event.

Well done, Nebraska!

PRESS RELEASE: If you would like to send a press release to your local newspaper highlighting how many from your school participated, you may use this template.

NMEA joined in the celebration on Statehood Day, March 1, and March 8, 2017

Ensembles auditioned and were selected to perform  in the State Capitol.  Here are the March 1st activities and performances coordinated by NMEA (in bold type):

9:30 to 10:00    USPS Nebraska Stamp Press Conference
10:30                Betty as Willa Cather
11:10                Scott Select Choir, Scott Middle School, Lincoln (Paul Eschliman, Director)
11:25                Taylor as Standing Bear
12:05                Waverly Singers, Waverly High School (Rachel Kornfeld, Director)
12:20                Terry as Buffalo Bill
1:00                  Millard North High School Symphony Chamber Orchestra (Debbie Martinez, Director)

2:00                  Statehood Day Ceremony
2:20                  Everett Elementary School of Lincoln singing "Happy Birthday" (under the direction of Sue Springer
                             from Sunrise Middle School, Kearney)
2:35                  Selected members of the Waverly Singers (Rachel Kornfeld, Director)

The celebration continued on Wednesday, March 8, with a Nebraska-themed performance by Ashland-Greenwood Junior High School Concert Band (Jonathan Jaworski, Director).  This performance took place at 12:00 noon in the Capitol Rotunda. 

View more NE150 activities at ne150.org.  Don't miss out on this once-in-a-lifetime experience - join in the celebration!