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Statehood Birthday Parties

A fun tradition of the Secretary of State’s Office is entertaining school children at birthday parties commemorating the anniversary of Nebraska becoming a state on March 1, 1867.

During his tenure, Secretary of State John Gale has hosted birthday parties throughout the state to observe the anniversary. The parties have attracted tens of thousands of elementary school students.

Students attending the free parties enjoy musical entertainment, sing-alongs, people in historical costumes and a chance to showcase their knowledge of Nebraska history. Of course, no birthday party would be complete without a birthday treat for each student.

The parties are designed to provide fun in an educational setting. The parties are part of Gale’s civics education mission to promote state history, state pride and good citizenship.

If you have questions about the program, contact Laura Strimple at (402) 471-8404 or

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