LINCOLN -The NEBRASKAland Foundation will celebrate Nebraska’s 152th birthday at the Statehood Day Dinner on March 2, 2019, honoring three distinguished NEBRASKAlanders, Dr. Sara Crook, Ernie Weyeneth, and Ray and Jennifer O’Connor.
Sara Brandes Crook’s love of history goes back to her youth growing up on a farm, going to a country church, and attending a one-room country school. A Professor of History at Peru State College, Nebraska’s first college, since 1984 she created several educational and entertaining programs on Nebraska history.
Crook has served as president of Nebraska State Historical Society and received several professional honors. She was elected Chair of the Nebraska Sesquicentennial Commission that organized and directed the fantastic year-long celebration of Nebraska’s 150th Statehood Anniversary in 2017.
Crook writes, “The NebraskaLand Award is truly treasured. My opportunities to promote Nebraska have resulted from the support I get from my family and friends, as well as my colleagues, students and administrators at Peru State College.”
“The Nebraska Sesquicentennial efforts were certainly a collaborative effort of the members of the Nebraska Sesquicentennial Commission, the First Lady’s Celebrating Nebraska Foundation staff, and members of the Nebraska 150 Foundation. It was an honor to work with such dedicated and inspirational individuals.”
The NEBRASKAland Foundaation was formed in 1962 under the leadership of Governor Frank morrison and continues to promote Nebraska through programs and awards that celebrate the state’s social historical, cultural, educational and economic heritage.
The Statehood Day Dinner is a formal event held in the Rotunda and Great Hall of The Nebraska State Capitol Building. Reservation information is available at 402-499-7897. Seating is limited.
The NEBRASKAland Foundation’s original press release from January 15, 2019 is partially reproduced