Nebraskans Are Encouraged to Generously Support this Historic Preservation Effort

The Pershing Mural is considered by many to be a historic Nebraska landmark.  When it became evident the Pershing Mural was scheduled to be demolished along with the rest of the Auditorium, a group of dedicated Volunteers (The Pershing Mural Preservation Committee) stepped forward, organized a statewide “Call to Action” and, as a result, thousands of Nebraskans generously contributed $844,000 in 4 short months, which ultimately saved the Pershing Mural (Phase 1).

Currently, the Committee is working on Phase 2 and have raised almost $1 million towards its $3.1 million Goal to restore, provide an endowment for future maintenance and install the historic Pershing Mural – a Nebraska cultural treasure –  within Wyuka Park and Cemetery.  Wyuka was founded in 1869 by an act of the Nebraska Legislature and is one of the most magnificent examples of landscape architecture and design, featuring statuary art and monumental architecture, including the Nebraska State Holocaust and 911 Memorials and historic tributes to veterans and notable Nebraska citizens.  Considered a museum without walls, Wyuka is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.                                                           

Community and Statewide response has been both supportive and appreciated!  However, raising $3.1 million is indeed a challenge.  For that reason, I am hoping Nebraskans will heed the call, step forward, and generously participate in a 2nd “Call of Action,” as your philanthropic support will preserve an iconic work of Nebraska Art to be enjoyed, studied and appreciated by visitors to our State and future generations of Nebraskans.

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world:  indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”  Margaret Mead

Tax-deductible donations can be made online to the Nebraska State Historical Society Foundation (serving as the Project’s fiscal sponsor) or by sending a check to the NSHSF (noting Pershing Mural in the memo line) to 1201 Lincoln Mall, Suite 100, Lincoln, NE  68508.

For more information about the Pershing Mural Historic Preservation Effort contact Committee Chair, 

Liz Shea-McCoy, (402) 430-5923 or

The Committee committed to the historic preservation of the Pershing Mural reflects a kind of “grit” that defines the culture of Nebraska communities. In our State, we have a commitment to things that are out of the “ordinary,” in conditions that are often uncomfortable and on an impressive scale. That spirit and commitment are reflected in the Pershing Mural and is what makes Nebraska and Nebraskans “different.” Together we do big, difficult things in this State for the benefit of friends and family we have yet to meet. That’s who we are. That’s what the Mural says.
Liz Shea-McCoy

We are counting on support from this fundraising campaign to preserve this magnificent mural to be displayed for future generations of Nebraskans to enjoy. You can make a donation online at the secure links below, or by mailing to the Nebraska State Historical Society Foundation (1201 Lincoln Mall, Suite 100, Lincoln, NE 68508), noting Pershing Mural Preservation Project in the ‘Memo’ line of the check.