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Gov. Ricketts and Nebraska150 Celebration Announce the New Season of “Now You Know Nebraska” Videos

Media Contacts:

Eric Maher, Governor’s Office, 402-471-1974    

Regan Anson, NE150 Celebration, 402-440-4451                                                                



LINCOLN – The Nebraska150 Celebration has launched a new season of “Now You Know Nebraska” videos, a series of one to two-minute video shorts depicting some of the state’s most compelling and entertaining historical stories and facts.


“As students across Nebraska are returning to school, and we continue to celebrate our sesquicentennial, this is a great time to launch the new season of ‘Now You Know Nebraska’ videos,” said Governor Pete Ricketts. “These videos are fun educational tools that let Nebraskans of all ages learn more about our great state and it’s proud history.”


The series, which began on Jan. 9, has been on summer break since May 19. A total of 91 videos were released during the first season. When series production concludes this December, 174 videos will be available for viewing. The videos are also accessible for the hearing impaired through closed captioning.


First Lady Susanne Shore said, “The primary goal of this project is to supplement the history lessons already being taught in the classroom and provide another engaging learning tool for educators. It must be working because the videos have been watched more than 92,000 times so far! When you consider that many of these airings are in classrooms, that number multiplies many times over. This is one of my favorite projects because it is such a fun, unique way to teach kids and adults alike little known stories and facts about our amazing state.” 


Five videos are released every Sunday (one for each day of the school week) on the Nebraska150 Celebration’s website at


Each week features a different theme and host. Themes have included amazing events, heroes and leaders, agriculture history, inventions and inventors, famous names, World War II and more. Hosts have included Gov. Pete Ricketts, The Voice finalist Hannah Houston, Lincoln Children’s Zoo Executive Director John Chapo, American Ninja Warrior and Mrs. International Maggi Thorne, and Nebraska school children, among others.


Nebraska150 Celebration Executive Director Regan Anson said, “We have focused on creating videos that address a wide variety of topics and time periods, incorporate all parts of the state, and include education on a variety of cultures, ethnicities and races. The best part about this project is that the videos will be around for a very long time and accessible to all Nebraskans free to charge online. Future generations of Nebraskans will be able to enjoy and learn from them for years to come. They were created to have staying power, and we could not be more proud of the outcome.”  


The Now You Know Nebraska video series is funded in part by the Nebraska Sesquicentennial Commission, Nebraska Humanities, Great Plains Communication, Gallup and the Nebraska Power Association.


For more information on the Nebraksa150 Celebration or the Now You Know Nebraska program, visit