Welcome to the
John G. Neihardt
State Historic Site

Neihardt's Life and Legacy

Author of Black Elk Speaks and numerous other works of prose and poetry, John G. Neihardt is the Poet Laureate in Perpetuity of Nebraska. To commemorate his life and work, the John G. Neihardt State Historic Site was established on the site of his former home in Bancroft, Nebraska.
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Poetry is indeed the supreme form of human expression.
―John G. Neihardt
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John G. Neihardt

The Man

Explore his work, his honors, and photos. Hear him recite Black Elk's Prayer.


The Center

The Sacred Hoop Garden, Neihardt's Study, and more.

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The Foundation

Current projects, Membership, and the Newsletter.



Sunday at the Museum with Clem Klaphake @ John G. Neihardt State Historic Site
Oct 2 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Sunday at the Museum with Clem Klaphake @ John G. Neihardt State Historic Site

Clem Klaphake will present “Raptor Migration in the Missouri River Valley of Eastern Nebraska and Western Iowa” at the John G. Neihardt State Historic Site (304 W. Elm) in Bancroft on October 2nd at 2 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

Every Autumn, thousands of eagles, hawks, falcons and vultures migrate through the Missouri River valley. Klaphake will discuss his unique experiences documenting various species of raptors of the region, as well as results of the last 12 years of observation.

Klaphake is a volunteer for the Hitchcock Nature Center HawkWatch, and he will discuss banding of raptors, as well as detailing the count of the valley at the HNC HawkCount – part of the Hawk Migration Association of North America.

Klaphake is a retired Bellevue University professor and former president of the Nebraska Ornithologists’ Union and Audubon Society of Omaha, a Nebraska Master Naturalist instructor, member of the Nebraska Conservation Roundtable, and leads field trips for Audubon Society of Omaha. He is also a volunteer at Fontenelle Forest.

The event is sponsored by the Neihardt Foundation and State Historic Site. For more information, contact: neihardt@gpcom.net or call: 1-888-777-HOOP.

Laureate’s Feast @ Metro Community College
Nov 13 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

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