The Lied Center of Kansas opened on September 28, 1993, and was built through the generosity of the Lied Foundation Trust. It is dedicated to Ernst F. Lied’s parents, Ernst M. and Ida K. Lied. Ernst F. Lied attended the University of Kansas from 1923 to 1925 and later graduated from the University of Nebraska. Upon his death, Christina Hixson was appointed as Trustee of the Lied Foundation Trust. An additional gift from the Lied Foundation provided for the construction of the Lied Pavilion, and a gift from the William T. Kemper Foundation provided for the expansion of the Lied Center main lobby, now the Kemper Foyer.