Lincoln's Rich History, Vibrant Performances and Hometown Festivals Come Alive

By Michaela Jackson on April 12, 2012 at 1:46 am EST
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PHOTO CREDIT: Kevin Young

Culture has many faces in Lincoln.

The Midwestern capital is a historical treasure trove, preserving the stories of early pioneers and their bygone ways of life. Today’s residents of the city suffer no shortage of class, though.

The Sheldon Museum of Art at the University of Nebraska features more than 12,000 pieces of American art in all media. American impressionism, early modernism abstract expressionism and contemporary art are just a few of the motifs represented. The Museum also houses a sculpture garden of more than 30 figures and a research library of more than 10,000 volumes on American art history.

Other museums in Lincoln include the National Museum of Roller Skating, the Great Plains Art Collection, the Museum of Nebraska History and the Lincoln Children’s Museum.

The city is also undertaking a sizable public art project. The Antelope Valley Art Wall is a concrete retaining wall about 1,000 feet long and 17 feet high in the east downtown area, near the University of Nebraska campus. The wall will incorporate different colors and textures, and artists will be able to contribute their work over time.

Performing arts venues in Lincoln include Pershing Auditorium, which attracts national music acts, and the Lied Center for Performing Arts, where traveling Broadway shows, the Lincoln Symphony and the Lincoln Midwest Ballet Company perform.

For those who can’t sit still, Lincoln hosts a variety of festivals throughout the year. The third weekend in June marks the Haymarket Heydays, when the town turns out to celebrate its railroad heritage with a street fair, a farmers’ market craft fair, music and activities for tots. Bring your appetite to Capital City RibFest in August, and then wind down the summer with the Nebraska State Fair.

However you prefer to immerse yourself in culture, you can’t go wrong in Lincoln.

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