Wyuka Cemetery was established by an act of the Nebraska Legislature in 1869, to provide a “Lincoln State Cemetery” for the new state’s capital city just 2 years after state hood (in 1867). The three original trustees rejected the first site provided by the state– flood prone ground along Salt Creek west of Lincoln. Instead they chose to purchase 80 acres of rolling terrain east of the city on which to establish a “rural cemetery,” the latest trend in American burial grounds. Wyuka Cemetery was patterned after Mount Auburn Cemetery near Boston, MA (est. 1831). This new type of large, scenic, park-like cemetery with curving roads accentuating the lay of the land and abundant plantings of trees, shrubs and flowers, encouraged visitors to stroll, remember, and learn about their community’s past, continuing that same tradition today.
Wyuka Cemetery has grown since those original purchases and now encompasses over 140 acres between “O” Street and stretching north to Vine Street.
A visit to the UNL Botanical Garden and Arboretum provides spring flowering bulbs, summer perennials, autumn foliage color and winter textures woven throughout the campuses.
Each garden has its own special emphasis. Maxwell Arboretum (38th & Holdrege) on East Campus has a wide variety of labeled trees, shrubs & perennials. Love Garden on City Campus (13th & R) has a beautiful collection of perennials.
Whether you have only a few minutes for a stroll through one garden or a leisurely afternoon to explore , your time at the UNL Botanical Garden and Arboretum will be enjoyable and informative.
For more information you can contact Susan Budler at: 402-472-1229
More than a Husker museum, this is a place where you can shop and view collectibles from Husker legends. The gallery features rare items from a private collection that include: The original 1928 horseshoe players touched for good luck before going out onto the field, the first printed football program at Memorial Stadium, Bob Devaney's original Hall of Fame induction certificate, Tommie Frazier's 1993 Orange Bowl jersey, and much, much more!
Cost: Free admission
Union Plaza is a place of discovery, gathering and celebration for all those who visit. The Park features four water features, a festival space, the Jayne Snyder Trails Center, a children's discovery area, a pond plaza, outdoor plaza seating, a scenic overlook, outdoor amphitheater, bike trails and public art.
Along with the overall concept of water, each block has a more specific focus on natural ecological systems, which are seen through the themes for the murals installed on the retaining walls as well as the pavement patterns which represent the dry stream beds that would have been present before Lincoln was established. The P and Q streets block has a community focus. The Jayne Snyder Trails Center provides amenities for trail users, space for public gatherings, restroom facilities and the 200 person Dickson Dinsmore Graf Amphitheater. Murals between these two city blocks focus on community including Native American tribes and pioneers that settled in this area. Lastly, the Q to R streets block focuses on the flora and fauna of Nebraska. The Assurity Overlook is located on the south side of the block in the shape of an inverted vortex. It offers views along the channel as well as to the city, truly capturing the fact that Lincoln is an urban forest. The Assurity Overlook is planted to show the juxtaposition of native and agricultural plant material and includes bioretention cells that collect and clean the storm water runoff.
Two pieces of public art are in the P to Q Street block. Artist James Tyler's Groundwater Colossus stands 12 feet tall and is on the west side of the park. This sculpture is meant to personify the Ogallala Aquifer that sits beneath it. Loudspeakers embedded in the head play both the sounds of trickling water and clanging metal which represents the impact that humans have on the environment. Artist Shannon Hansen's Discover is on the east side of the park. When you stand back and peer through Discover, it frames the Capitol building.
Hours: 1-3:30pm Thursday
The Governor's Residence is open forpublic tours every Thursday (except holidays) from 1:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. There is no charge for the tours and a reservation is not required, except for groups of 10 or more. To schedule a reservation for groups of 10 or more, please call (402) 471-3466.