The Life of Ernst Lied

If you live in Nebraska, you probably know the Lied name - it hangs on buildings all over the state and all over the university and is part of our College name. You've probably benefited from the legacy of Ernst F. Lied because the list of his gifts is long: Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts. The Lied Jungle. The Lied Transplant Center. The Lied Humane Society Center. Lied Public Libraries in Randolph, Scottsbluff, Carroll, Imperial, Battle Creek and Winside.

The first gift from the Lied Foundation Trust was UNL's Lied Center for Performing Arts. The most recent gift is an addition to that building, the new Lied Commons, a multi-purpose space with a panoramic view of the campus that opened in the Fall of 2012.

What's the story behind the man, who loved his parents and Nebraska? The visionary man who left all his money for the public good. What's the story of the foundation and the humble woman, Christina Hixson, the one he trusted more than anyone else to run the Lied Foundation Trust after his death?

This video is about the life of Ernst Lied, and a related video tells more about his Foundation. In addition, you can view these videos in the kiosk at the new Lied Commons or view the room there that documents Lied's life. The two videos were produced by the University of Nebraska Foundation.