The seven-block stretch in Lincoln known as Centennial Mall was originally built in 1967 to commemorate Nebraska’s statehood centennial. The mall, which stretches from the Nebraska State Capitol to the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, had fallen into a state of disrepair over the years. A revitalization project began for the mall in 2012.

As part of the renovation, tiles were placed along the walkway of the mall. The Nebraska State Historical Society made a goal to purchase one of the 18″ x 36″ tiles along the mall, to help visitors to Nebraska’s capital learn about Nebraska’s fascinating history and the organizations that support the preservation, interpretation, and appreciation of that history.

The Nebraska State Historical Society Foundation met its goal of raising $25,000 toward the Centennial Mall Legacy Tile Project in the summer of 2016. We raised over $14,000 in donations in addition to unrestricted gift annuities which were left to us by NSHS member Beulah Bedke and NSHSF Trustee Charles Godwin, both from Lincoln. Mrs. Bedke’s and Mr. Godwin’s foresight to include unrestricted gifts in their estate have made a huge impact toward the Foundation’s future.

Historian Jim Potter wrote the text for the tile:

Since 1878, The Nebraska State Historical Society Since 1942, The Nebraska State Historical Society Foundation Today this state agency and this private supporting organization continue their leading efforts to preserve and open to all peoples and histories of the places of Nebraska.

More information can be found here: https://journalstar.com/niche/l-magazine/features/celebrating-centennial-mall/article_321db977-33dc-5f36-8b7a-14ad7ca3e543.html

Thank you to our donors:

  • Margaret Allington
  • Brian and Janet Allison
  • David Amstutz
  • Katherine Andersen
  • Ralph Anderson
  • Catherine Angle
  • John Atkins
  • Rod and Robin Bates
  • Todd and Betty Berens
  • Marcia Bergmeyer
  • Jack and Sally Campbell
  • Catherine Caton/Stanley Norsworthy
  • Roy and Alice Cline
  • Robert Cope
  • Harl and Kay Dalstrom
  • Bob and Nancy Davis
  • Allen Dayton
  • Don Dillon
  • Kirby and Cindy Drake
  • Ralph Eatinger
  • William Fisher
  • Richard Flebbe and Vanessa Timberlake
  • Marilyn and Robin Forke
  • Steve and Judy Guenzel
  • David and Hanna Gradwohl
  • John and Mary Lou Hanson
  • Butch and Dobey Haws
  • Stephen Herman
  • Charles and Margaret Hermes
  • Lloyd and Donna Hinkley
  • Dan and Alice Holtz
  • Terry Jensen
  • Andrew Macaoidh Jergens
  • Joel and Jill Johnson
  • Dianne Kennedy
  • Kay Kimberly
  • Keenan and Tina Kitt
  • Kendall and Sue Kjoller
  • Van and Janet Korell
  • Diane Laffin
  • Bill and Ann Marsh
  • James and Sarah Moenssen
  • Donna Lee Moyer
  • Dorothy Mundt
  • Larry and Karen Nelsen
  • Conrad and Lucille Nelson
  • Michael K. and Christie Nelson
  • Nustyle Development Corporation
  • Cynthia Olson
  • Sarah Olson
  • Christian Petersen
  • Gary and Allison Petersen
  • Cary and Lisa Peterson
  • Robert and Marilyn Peterson
  • Tom and Verla Plummer
  • Cara Potter and Ray Sueper
  • Benjamin and Barbara Rader
  • Ann Rawley
  • Emil and Chloe Reutzel
  • Carl and Jane Rohman
  • Lynn Roper
  • Eric and Deborah Rosenlof
  • Paul and Molly Rundle
  • William and Shann Rupp
  • Charles and Vickie Schaepler
  • Donald and Norma Schaufelberger
  • William and Theda Skocpol
  • John and Diana Stevens
  • Marcia Stewart
  • Tim and Judy Thietje
  • Elizabeth Thomas
  • Edward and Sue Tricker
  • John and Janet Wightman
  • George Wolf
  • Jim and Janet Woolsoncroft
  • Dale Young