State of Nebraska-owned historic properties are set to host holiday open houses Sunday, Dec. 8. All are free to the public.
The Ferguson House at 700 S. 16th St. and the Kennard House next door to the east will have their annual open houses from 1-5 p.m. Sunday. They are both decorated for the holidays, and treats and refreshments will be available at the Ferguson House. Free tours of both houses will be given. Parking will be available along 16th and H streets and on the Ferguson House parking lot between the Ferguson House and Kennard House.
The Nebraska State Capitol will host the 72nd annual Christmas Tree Lighting and Carol Sing sponsored by Pinewood Bowl in the second-floor rotunda at 2 p.m. Sunday. Prelude music will begin at 1:30 p.m. Charlie Brogan of KFOR will emcee the program, which will be broadcast on KFOR Radio at 7 p.m. Sunday evening.
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Highlights of the one-hour ceremony at the Capitol will include performances by the Waverly Singers and Pinewood Bowl Singers. After a welcome and introduction by Pinewood Bowl President Chris Goforth, Gov. Pete Ricketts will deliver his 2019 Christmas holiday message.
The program will conclude with the Governor and First Lady Susanne Shore lighting the official state Christmas tree while attendees sing traditional carols. The tree displays ornaments created by Nebraska artists to celebrate Nebraska's 150th anniversary of statehood.
Whitehall Mansion at 5903 Walker Ave. also will be open to the public Sunday.
"Whitehall Mansion will have its holiday open house from 3-6 p.m. to allow folks to enjoy the Capitol, Ferguson House and Kennard House, and then go to Whitehall," said Mark Brohman, executive director of the Nebraska Environmental Trust (located in the Ferguson House) and a Friends of Whitehall Mansion board member.