In 2017, National Day Calendar® began celebrating each state in the order they entered the union starting the week of Independence Day and ending with Hawaii. We highlight a small part of each states’ history, foods and the people who make up the state. Many states have their own state celebrations, and National Day Calendar’s observances in no way replace them. There’s so much more to explore, we can’t help but celebrate our beautiful country even more!
NATIONAL NEBRASKA DAY
On April 5, The Corn Husker State gains recognition for its wide open spaces and scenic byways.
Nebraska joined the union as the 37th state on March 1, 1867. Pioneers migrating westward along the Oregon, California and Mormon Trails would mark on their journey by the sights they could recognize along the way. One such landmark was Scotts Bluff.
“A Pioneer should have imagination, should be able to enjoy the idea of things more than the things themselves.” ~ Willa Cather, O Pioneers!
Those who put down roots in Nebraska likely homesteaded thanks to the Homestead Act of 1862. https://www.nps.gov/home/index.htm
Nebraska’s landscape contributes significantly to the ranching and farming industry still today.
The barren plains of Nebraska have J.Sterling Morton to thank for the shade they receive on a hot sunny day. The Nebraskan proposed a day to plant trees and beautify the state. Arbor Day was first celebrated on April 10, 1872.
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalNebraskaDay
Explore the history and people of Nebraska. Follow the trails of the pioneers and visit the cities on the prairies. Use #NationalNebraskaDay to share on social media.
Red Cloud - Native American Leader - (September 20, 1822 - December 10, 1909)
Standing Bear - Native American Chief - (1839 - September 1908)
Susan La Flesche Picotte - Physician - (June 17, 1865 - Spetember 18, 1915)
Grace Abbot - Social Worker - (November 17, 1878 - June 19, 1939)
Howard Hanson - Composer - ( October 28, 1896 - February 26, 1981)
Fred Astaire - Dancer - ( May 10, 1899 - June 22, 1987)
George Beadle - October 22, 1903 - June 9, 1989)
Bil Baird - Puppeteer - (August 15, 1904 - March 18, 1987)
Henry Fonda- Actor - (May 16, 1905 - August 12, 1982)
Max Baer - Boxer - ( February 11, 1909 - November 21, 1959)
Gerald Ford - President - (July 14, 1913 - December 26, 2006)
Marlon Brando - Actor - (April 3, 1924 - July 1, 2004)
One of Hollywood’s most memorable actors, Marlon Brando created a string of rebels, villains, and crooks. He was nominated for eight Academy Awards and earned only one.