Milestone in the Making: Lied Lodge Turns Twenty

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Here at Lied Lodge & Conference Center in Nebraska City, Nebraska, we’re reaching a significant milestone in 2013, and it’s one we couldn’t have reached without you.

We’re celebrating 20 years of inspiring stewardship.

The Arbor Day Foundation acquired J. Sterling Morton’s original 260-acre estate in Nebraska City in 1972, and this National Historic Landmark was the ideal setting for carrying forth Morton’s legacy — specifically through a state-of-the-art conference center. After more than five years of planning, design, fundraising, and construction, Lied Lodge first opened our doors to the public in October 1993.

View the Photo Gallery: Lied Lodge Under Construction & Architect Renderings

Lied Lodge & Conference Center, circa 1993

Lied Lodge & Conference Center, circa 1993. Click the photo for more archived photos from the construction process.

How It Began
Lied Lodge was thoughtfully designed to be a grand, beautiful, nature-inspired facility that would serve many. Turning Lied Lodge from vision to reality began with a $6 million congressional appropriation endorsed by the National Association of State Foresters and administered by the U.S. Forest Service. This appropriation was matched with a major donation from the Lied Foundation Trust along with donations from environmental agencies, foundations and corporations, and more than 100,000 contributions from Arbor Day Foundation members.Over the past 20 years, Lied Lodge has become a sought-after gathering place, a home base, a learning site, and an inspiration for people who care deeply about our natural world and its future. It’s a place where people can come together and be inspired by nature. It’s where families stay for a summer getaway, where brides and grooms say “I do,” and where friends meet up for a drink or gather ’round a table for a delicious meal.

Thank You
So as we pass this 20th year in 2013, all of us at Lied Lodge & Conference Center want to say THANK YOU. Thank you to the generous donations and the incredibly hard work of people and organizations back in 1993 and beyond, who had the foresight and fervor to build what Lied Lodge has become. We thank all the guests who’ve stayed with us, met with us, dined with us, and otherwise ”been here” with us through the years. We thank the City of Nebraska City, the Home of Arbor Day. And we thank the many employees who’ve played a key role in making our guests feel welcome and helping each one of them create unique memories of their visit here.

Happy 20th birthday, Lied Lodge. Here’s to many more years of inspiring stewardship.

For the complete story on Lied Lodge’s 20-year history, visit

If you’ve been our guest in the past, we’d love to hear about your experience — tell us about it in the comments, below.

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