Governor Ricketts proclaims "State Museum Day"

June 14, 2021, 3 p.m. ·

Pete Ricketts was joined by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln chancellor Ronnie Green and Vice Chancellor Bob Wilhelm. Photo courtesy of reporter Lauren Dietrich.

Monday Governor Pete Ricketts proclaimed “State Museum Day” during a ceremony at the University of Nebraska State Museum, also known as Morrill Hall in Lincoln, in celebration of its 150th anniversary. The proclamation acknowledged the cultural contributions made by museums throughout the state.  

Ricketts said state museums do a great job of educating Nebraskan’s about the Nebraska’s history.

"This is really serving an important role here in the state of Nebraska," Governor Ricketts said. "There's a lot of great resources here for Nebraskans to learn about the great history we have here in our state that we should be so proud of.”

Forty-thousand students visit the museum throughout the course of the year. However, University of Nebraska State Museum Director Susan Weller said as much as she wants people to come to the physical museum, she also wants to expand the museum’s reach.

"We will continue to push on with innovation virtual programming … and we will reach Nebraskan’s where they live.

This year also marks key anniversaries at the state museum’s two other public locations, the 60th anniversary for the Trailside Museum in the Panhandle and the 30th anniversary for the Ashfall Fossil Beds in northeast Nebraska.