Wigton Heritage Center Dedication

Recording of the Wigton Heritage Center dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Wigton Heritage Center dedication online

The UNMC community is invited to view virtually the dedication of the Wigton Heritage Center, which memorializes the med center's unique history and serves as a campus welcome center. The virtual dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Wigton Heritage Center will begin at 11 a.m. CDT on June 29.

The multi-level, 13,000-square-foot facility includes gallery and digital exhibit space and allows the Leon S. McGoogan Health Sciences Library staff to showcase previously hidden, prized collections and showcase them to the public.

"The Wigton Heritage Center serves as a place of welcome and a catalyst for understanding, experiencing and appreciating UNMC's history and the Nebraska health professionals who have transformed lives, now celebrating 150 years since the founding of the first Nebraska medical college" said UNMC Chancellor Jeffrey P. Gold, MD. "We are grateful to Dr. Bob Wigton and all of the donors who helped us create this transformational space."

Leadership gifts for the building were provided by Robert S. Wigton, MD, and the Leland J. and Dorothy H. Olson Charitable Foundation, along with other private gifts supporting exhibits within the Wigton Heritage Center. Funding also was provided by the Nebraska Legislature through LB 957 for infrastructure upgrades to the adjoining Wittson Hall.

Photos of the building/exhibits

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Wigton Heritage Center atrium

Wigton Heritage Center atrium

1954 University Hospital

Wigton Heritage Center, south entrance

The William H. Northwall, MD Plaza, located on the north side of the Wigton Heritage Center

Susan La Flesche Picotte exhibit

Dental exhibit


Video/audio soundbites

Jeffrey P. Gold, MD, UNMC Chancellor

  • Soundbite 1 (0:22)
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    Dr. Gold discusses the concept of the Wigton Heritage Center.
  • Soundbite 2 (0:31)
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    Dr. Gold says visitors will be inspired by the Wigton Heritage Center.

Tom Tape, MD, division chief, general internal medicine, and friend of Dr. Robert S. Wigton

  • Soundbite (0:39)
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    Dr. Tape talks about the namesake of the Wigton Heritage Center and Dr. Wigton's reaction to the building becoming a reality.