Taylor Gage, Office of the Governor, 402-471-1970
Eric Maher, Department of Administrative Services, 531-289-0060
Press release :
Governor Ricketts dedicates the State Building to the 1st Nebraska Infantry Regiment
Governor Ricketts (cutting the ribbon in the center), DAS Director Jason Jackson (far left) and Assurity Life
Chairman and CEO Tom Henning (holding the ribbon on the right) at today’s ribbon cutting ceremony.
LINCOLN – Today, Governor Pete Ricketts and the Nebraska Department of Administrative Services (DAS) dedicated the state office building at 1526 K Street in Lincoln as “Nebraska’s First Administrative Building” in l honor of the 1st Nebraska Infantry Regiment that fought for the Union in the Civil War.
“Nebraska’s military history predates our statehood,” Governor Ricketts said. “In 1861, hundreds of brave Nebraskans volunteered to defend freedom by enlisting to fight for the Union in the Civil War. The sacrifices of Nebraska’s First Infantry Regiment helped end the slavery and to reunite the country. Today, we dedicate the 1526 building to their memory.
The First Nebraska Infantry Regiment was organized at Omaha in 1861 and fought for the Union in the Civil War throughout the conflict, including a redesignation as the First Nebraska Cavalry Regiment in 1863. The eventual governor of Nebraska, John Milton Thayer, was the regiment’s first commander, with the rank of colonel.
“The Administrative Services is proud to honor Nebraskanians who fought for the preservation of the Union and an end to slavery. This tradition of service is something that all of our teammates in state government can be proud of,” said DAS Director Jason Jackson. “Thank you to Governor Ricketts, Assurity Life and the Lincoln Community Foundation for helping to make this dedication a reality.”
The building at 1526 K Street was first dedicated in 1955 as the Woodmen Life Insurance Co. Building after its first occupant, the Woodmen Insurance Company, which eventually became Assurity Life Insurance Company. The state purchased the building in 2007 for use as an office building for the state government. Today’s groundbreaking event also unveiled a plaque for the ‘protective hand’ sculpture that sits on the south side facade of the building. The plaque recognizes the sculpture as an important piece of building and city history. The plaque was purchased by the Lincoln Community Foundation with funds donated by Assurity Life Insurance Company.
“Assurity Life’s story is part of the history of Nebraska and Lincoln, and the Protecting Hand Monument has been a visual representation of that shared history for nearly 60 years,” said Tom Henning, President and CEO. management of Insurance Life. “We appreciate the opportunity to partner with the state to preserve this history for the next generation.”
The video of the inauguration ceremony is available by clicking here.