150 Years


Papillion 150 is celebrating this milestone with a calendar of great events for residents of all ages and a number of projects and initiatives to honor our history and strengthen the bonds of our community.

A Party 150 Years in the Making

Papillion 150 is our community’s celebration of Papillion’s sesquicentennial, its 150th anniversary. Papillion was founded in 1870 as a railroad town on the Union Pacific Main Line. Fast-forward 150 years and Papillion is a strong, vibrant community — one of the best places live in the country.

Please explore this site to learn about our upcoming events and projects. Visit our Get Involved page if you would like to participate on the Papillion 150 committee or if you or your organization would like to create and sponsor your own Papillion 150 event or project.

Wings Over Papillion

As part of the Papillion 150, the “Wings Over Papillion” Butterfly Bench Public Art Project is placing uniquely painted butterfly benches throughout Papillion, showcasing work by a variety of artists.

The Butterfly Effect

Papillion 150 and the Bianchi Family are excited to bring the Butterfly Effect to our community. As part of Papillion 150, Butterfly Effect Social Butterfly Installations — large butterfly murals — will be created throughout Papillion.

Butterfly Garden

The Papillion 150 Butterfly & Pollinator Garden is a project to construct a 50’ by 60’ butterfly-shaped garden on the north side of Veterans Park, filled with perennial plants to attract those threatened and endangered species.


Walking Tour

The Historic Downtown Papillion Walking Tour consists of 21 historical markers spread throughout the heart of Papillion, highlighting significant locations and sharing historical narratives and photos.

Papillion Historical Photo Archive

The Papillion Public Library has created a Papillion historical photo archive on their website containing images of life in Papillion dating back to the late 1800s all the way to more recent years. View the archive here!

Meet our Mascot: Papio Pete

Papio Pete is the spokesbutterfly for Papillion’s 150th anniversary celebration. He lives on the banks of the Papio Creek and enjoys flying throughout Papillion’s parks and butterfly gardens. As a monarch butterfly, his favorite food is milkweed, and he migrates to Mexico with his family and friends each fall. He’s named after Peter Sarpy, the namesake of Sarpy County. Follow him on Twitter: @Papio_Pete

Upcoming Events

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Commemorative Items

Commemorative Coins

American Legion Post 32 has created commemorative coins in partnership with Papillion 150 celebrating both Papillion’s sesquicentennial and the Legion’s 101st year! Coins are $10 each and can be purchased at American Legion Post 32 or at Moran’s Grill.

Commemorative Mugs

Diana’s Papillion Tea Shop has designed these commemorative 16oz mugs in partnership with Papillion 150. They are $15.99 and can be purchased at the tea shop in downtown Papillion.

Papillion 150 Candles

Papillion 150 commemorative candles, made by Bianchi Candle Co, are available for purchase at the Papillion Community Foundation, $15 each.

Coasters and Notecards

Coasters & Notecards

Papillion 150 coasters and note cards created by Ranae Boggess are available for purchase at the Papillion Community Foundation, Diana’s Papillion Tea Shop and online on Etsy. Coasters are $4.50 a piece and note cards are $8 for a set of four.