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Nebraska First Ladies Inaugural Ball Gowns

The wife of Nebraska's governor ("The First Lady") traditionally wears a special gown to the governor's inaugural ball, as represented by these five examples from the Nebraska State Historical Society collections.

Elizabeth Crosby's 1953 Inaugural Ball Gown [9923-1]

Elizabeth Crosby
1953 Inaugural Ball Gown
Wife of Governor Robert B. Crosby
Term of Office: 1953-1955
Source: Gift of Robert B. Crosby [9923-1]

Lorna Tienmann 1967 Inaugural Ball Gown [9440-1]

Lorna Tiemann
1967 Inaugural Ball Gown
Wife of Governor Norbert T. Tiemann
Term of Office: 1967-1971
Source: Gift of Lorna Tiemann [9440-1]

Patricia Exon 1971 Inaugural Ball Gown [9732-1]

Patricia Exon
1971 Inaugural Ball Gown
Wife of Governor J. James Exon
Term of Office: 1971-1979
Source: Gift of Patricia Exon [9732-1]

Ruth Thone 1979 Inaugural Ball Gown [10966-1]

Ruth Thone
1979 Inaugural Ball Gown
Wife of Governor Charles Thone
Term of Office: 1979-1983
Source: Gift of Mrs. Charles Thone [10966-1]

Stephanie Johanns 1999 Inaugural Ball Gown [13040-1]

Stephanie Johanns
1999 Inaugural Ball Gown
Wife of Governor Mike Johanns
Term of Office: 1999-2005
Source: Gift of Stephanie Johanns [13040-1]

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