Centennial Mall Educational Themes

The redesign of Centennial Mall will recognize and celebrate the legacy of stewardship in Nebraska – past, present, and future. This strategy will allow education and story telling of the state’s natural and civic history while highlighting many of the unique aspects and features of the state:

We the People (“K” to “L” Streets)
Elements on this block celebrate the democratic process that began with statehood and continues as an organized society. “Watchful citizens” and state leaders will be recognized for their contributions. The central feature of this block is a formal, ceremonial plaza with a signature fountain and design echoing the north steps of the State Capitol Building.

Our Home Nebraska (“L” to “M” Streets)
This block recognizes the natural resources of Nebraska and the critical importance of their stewardship. Water resources including Nebraska’s rivers and the Ogallala Aquifer will be symbolically and literally highlighted. This area of the Mall features a large plaza with a block-wide outline of the State of Nebraska with rivers and eco-regions represented in the plaza pavement. It is envisioned that students and visitors will congregate within this area to learn more about the state.

Mosaic of Nebraskans {“M” to “P” Streets)
The three central blocks (which are open to vehicular traffic) highlight the people, cultures, and organizations that have come together over time to create a social quilt of Nebraskans. Bands of attractive and inscribable pavers along the primary walks on the east and west sides of the Mall will provide opportunities for donors to recognize a person, family, community, or organization.

Sparking the Good Life – Imagination to Innovation (“P” to “R” Streets)
Based on the prominent presence of the University, these two blocks focus on creativity sparked through innovation and education. The efforts of educators, artists, and innovators, will be highlighted and celebrated. the central feature of this area is a plaza with a kinetic water feature representing sparks of imagination and creativity; it will also include an art alcove and amphitheater-type seating area. This plaza is between the Lincoln Children’s Museum and UNL’s Anderson Hall housing the College of Journalism and Mass Communications.

When we saw the plans for reinventing Nebraska’s Centennial Mall, knew that agriculture needed to have a presence. Farmers and ranchers are the soul of this state–and it‘s important that we seize this opportunity to share the importance of our contributions to Nebraska‘s past and future.

That’s why we invite you to place an Ag Legacy Tile along the new Nebraska’s Centennial Mall. Your family’s story will be told on a beautiful bronze tile placed along this majestic seven-block walkway connecting our iconic State Capitol-with the campus of our outstanding land grant university, which we all know is integral to agricultural success in Nebraska.

There is even more to this opportunity. Much more.

Every Ag Legacy Tile will feature a Quick Response (QR) code that visitors can scan with their smart phones or tablet computers. The QR code will connect to a web page devoted exclusively to telling more of your family‘s story-with photos, audio and even video. Professional staff will write the stories and develop the website history with your help. This page can even be updated as your family’s heritage evolves in future years. When completed in 2015, Nebraska’s Centennial Mall will be one of the first outdoor places in America to share historical information in this manner!

Imagine your great, great grandchildren rediscovering your family’s Nebraska history when they visit this statewide treasure, or its website that is accessible to anyone in the worid.