October 29, 2022 | Last updated Feb 26, 2024

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 History Nebraska collections.


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

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

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