Nebraska's Centennial Mall
In 2009 the Lincoln Parks Foundation initiated a $9.6 million campaign to restore the historic Nebraska’s Centennial Mall. Thanks to generous donations from the City of Lincoln, Lancaster County, the State of Nebraska and many private contributors from across the state, the seven-block mall renovation was completed in 2016. We are especially thankful for a $2 million gift from Hebron native Glenn Korff who sadly passed away in 2013.
A Brief History of the Mall
Built in 1967 to commemorate the state’s 100th anniversary, Centennial Mall extends north from the State Capitol seven blocks on what would be 15th Street. This public mall serves as a scenic connection between two of Nebraska’s most important institutions: the State Capitol and the University of Nebraska.
Over the years, Centennial Mall has functioned as a gathering space and rallying point for many different events. For example, the mall became a gathering and vigil space as citizens reflected and grieved together following the attacks on September 11, 2001. Every year, 35,000 of the state’s fourth graders visit the Capitol and stroll down the mall as part of their field trip focusing on Nebraska history.
Spirit of Nebraska Pathway
The Spirit of Nebraska Pathway is a series of granite and bronze tiles placed along the twin walkways that frame all seven blocks of Nebraska’s Centennial Mall. The pathway program is an opportunity to honor or recognize Nebraskans, organizations, businesses and events. All members of the Nebraska Hall of Fame are recognized along the Spirit of Nebraska Pathway. The bronze tiles have interactive Quick Response (QR) codes so stories of individuals, families, leaders and organizations come to life through the use of this technology via phone or computer tablets, which will evolve as new technology is created. Stories can be viewed at NebraskaEducationonLocation.org