July/August 2018

ON OUR COVER Fireworks and a laser light show illuminate the Nebraska State Capitol in Lincoln.

Jay Douglass

From the spectacular, fireworks-bathed image of the Nebraska State Capitol on our cover, to our Showcase Shots photography contest at the back of the magazine, our July/August 2018 issue is packed page to page with pride-inspiring stories and beautiful photographs of Nebraska. Here’s a sneak peek at what you will find inside when you subscribe to Nebraska Life:

There is an oasis within Lincoln city limits. We reveal the splendor and history of the city’s famous Sunken Gardens in our photo-heavy feature, Lincoln’s Bright Oasis: Sunken Gardens lifts city spirits.

Pioneers began crossing the Oregon Trail through Nebraska 175 years ago. We commemorate the milestone founding of the nation’s first interstate highway in our 16-page feature, High Hopes and Brave Souls: Our nation’s first emigrants left more than wagon ruts in Nebraska.

Sure, our state is known for its high yields of field corn, soybeans and other crops, but hops? At Midwest Hop Farms in Plattsmouth, the Wiles family toils the soil to add flavor to beer while adding another crop to our state’s row crop repertoire. We’ll get to the top of the trellis and bottom of the bine in our story, Hops & Dreams: Plattsmouth farmers grow aromatic crop in search of Holy Grail of the Husker Hop.

There are several bodies of water in the Nebraska Sandhills named “Swan Lake.” For nearly a century none of the large white birds lived on any of them. Thanks to good land steward ranchers, conservationists and Mother Nature, trumpeter swans have returned to Nebraska’s Swan Lakes. Check out our six-page story complete with tips on how to view the birds for yourself.

We go from soaring swans to flying sportscars at the Sandhills Open Road Challenge in Arnold, Callaway, Halsey and Purdum. Staff photographer AJ Dahm holds on to his camera for a 160-mph ride in the story, Racing Through the Sandhills.

Plus: We will reveal the 151-year history of Madison’s beloved American flag, stand tall with the story of Hastings’ footless goose, feel the buzz of bird and bee products and reveal just what is under Mutual of Omaha’s huge glass dome in Omaha. You also will meet Nebraska artists before we test your Nebraska knowledge with Nebraska Trivia. We will also hit the road to Kearney for a kayaking adventure before traveling statewide to collect stamps on the Nebraska Passport. We will feel the ground shake during Wisner’s Thunder by the River event, take a stab at the River Point Fork Fest in Norfolk, take a balloon ride over Scottsbluff and find out why North Loup just might be the Popcorn Capital of Nebraska. Don’t miss our luxury Motorcoach Tours of Western Nebraska, and a trio of spicy summer sandwiches from Nebraska restaurants.

Don’t forget to plan your next adventure with our statewide calendar of events, and you’ll discover much more in this keepsake issue. Call us at 800-777-6159 or click the subscriptions tab to order Nebraska Life subscriptions for yourself and your loved ones today!

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