J. Sterling Morton Statue RFP

The Willa Cather National Statuary Hall Selection Committee is actively accepting applications to take ownership of the J. Sterling Morton statue currently displayed in Statuary Hall in Washington, DC.

All applications must be received by December 31, 2019.

The Nebraska Legislature approved a measure to replace the Morton statue, which is projected to return to Nebraska sometime in the summer of 2020.

Identified finalists will be asked to present their proposal to the committee prior to a decision during the Willa Cather National Statuary Hall Selection Committee meeting on January 2020.

The J. Sterling Morton statue and pedestal dimensions are as follows:

Statue Material: Bronze
Base Material: Marble
Artist: Rudulph Evans
Created: 1937
Statue Height: 80 3/4”
Statue Width: 32"
Statue Depth: 26 3/4"
Statue Weight: 1,934 lbs.

Pedestal Material: Lynchburg Marble
Pedestal Height: 36 1/4"
Pedestal Width: 37”
Pedestal Depth: 31”
Pedestal Weight: 3,656 lbs.

Total Weight (Statue and Pedestal): 5,590 lbs.
Total Height (Statue and Pedestal): 117"


Please submit the following requested information to History Nebraska, Attention Willa Cather National Statuary Hall Selection Committee:

1. Requesting Entity
2. Point of Contact Name, Phone Number, Email, website, etc.
3. Proposed Statue Location (City and specific location such as a museum or park, etc.)
4. Why your proposed location is an appropriate space to display J. Sterling Morton (historical significance, ties to the area, etc.)
5. Indoor or Outdoor Location
6. Public Access of Proposed Location
7. Ability to financially cover the transportation and rigging costs from Washington, DC to the proposed location. This is not a requirement, but preference will be given to proposals with a financial commitment. (The estimated cost is $5,000.)

8. Commitment and plans to financially support the statue. All maintenance, insurance, and upkeep will be the sole responsibility of the selected proposal.

The J. Sterling Morton statue will reside with the selected entity at the proposed location. Ownership will be transferred via a deed of Gift from History Nebraska to the selected organization.


Questions regarding the application process should be directed to:
Trevor Jones
History Nebraska
1500 R Street
Lincoln, NE 68508-1651


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