As Nebraska celebrates its 150th birthday this year, an official U.S. postage stamp has been issued featuring Sandhill Cranes along the Platte River. The forever stamp goes on sale March 1. (Courtesy photo)

Postage stamp in celebration of Nebraska’s 150th debuts March 1

    A First-Day-of-Issue dedication ceremony for a new Statehood Forever Stamp  celebrating the Nebraska’s sesquicentennial (150th birthday) will be held March 1, the state’s official birthday.  
    Next Wednesday’s event in Lincoln is free and open to the public.
    The stamp goes on sale at Nebraska post offices March 1 and may be pre-ordered now at usps.com for delivery shortly after March 1.
    Imperial Postmaster Barb Prottsman already has the stamps on hand, and can begin selling them March 1.    
    The Postal Service traditionally issues commemorative stamps at intervals of 50 years from the date of a state’s first entry into the Union.
    Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts, First Lady Susanne Shore, native Nebraskan photographer Michael Forsberg, Sesquicentennial Commission Chairperson Dr. Sara Crook, U.S. Postal Service Information Technology Vice President and Nebraska native Jeffrey Johnson will be part of the dedication festivities that start at 9:30 a.m. CT at the State Capitol.
    At the event, Forsberg, whose photograph is featured on the stamp, will discuss his perseverance involved in capturing the photo of Sandhill Cranes migrating along the Platte River.

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