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.
Plan Your Visit

Poetry is indeed the supreme form of human expression.
―John G. Neihardt
Plan Your Visit


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.

Get Involved

The Foundation

Current projects, Membership, and the Newsletter.



2019 Nebraska Passport Program
May 1 @ 10:00 am – Sep 30 @ 4:00 pm

For the third time since the Passport program began, the John G. Neihardt State Historic Site has been included as one of the stops.  We are happy to welcome both new and returning visitors.  In the last few years, we have added magnificent bronze sculptures of Black Elk and Neihardt near the entrance, and we also have new and changing exhibits.  If we are not open, you can use the digital Passport app or take a selfie to include with your entry sheet.  You may also stop at Ru-De’s Convenience Store on Highway 16 at the northern edge of Bancroft to get a stamp.  Thank you Ru-De’s for being willing to hold our second stamp!  The Passport program and contest runs from May 1 through September 30.

3rd Annual Neihardt-Black Elk Hike
May 30 all-day

The 3rd annual Neihardt-Black Elk Hike will be held on Thursday, May 30 at Black Elk Peak, SD.  The hike honors the anniversary of the hike in which John Neihardt led a then elderly Black Elk to the top of Harney Peak (since renamed Black Elk Peak).  It fulfilled a promise to take Black Elk to the site of the medicine man’s famous vision of the four directions.

The Olde Main Street Inn is the headquarters for this hike and a great place to stay the night before and after.  We traditionally meet at 9:00 a.m. at the trailhead at Sylvan lake and then take off for the ~4 hour hike.  Myron Pourier, the great-grandson of Black Elk, is planning to meet us.  Please join us!

Beer Fest 2019
Jun 9 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

On Sunday, June 9th, we will host out 11th Annual Neihardt Beer and Limerick Festival, this time at an actual brewery:  Johnny Byrd Brewing Company located at 121 North Pearl in Wayne, NE.  Stop by from 3-5 p.m. that afternoon to help support the programs and projects of the Neihardt State Historic Site.  About 30 craft beers from across Nebraska will be available for sampling, including Johnny Byrd’s own outstanding brews.  Must be 21 to participate, cost is $25 per person with identified designated drivers free.  Also includes the most hilarious contest for beer-related limericks west of the Missouri.  Bring your limericks with you.  All limericks must be vetted for eligibility by the Master of Ceremonies.  For those who cannot attend but want to enter the contest, send $25 to purchase a ticket and mail a limerick to the Neihardt State Historic Site, PO Box 344, Bancroft, NE 68004 before June 5th to be included.  Tickets are available at Johnny Byrd Brewing Co., or through the Neihardt State Historic Site (1-888-777-4667 or 402-648-3388 or by email at neihardt@gpcom.net)


The Word Sender, our quarterly newsletter

See the latest news and information from the Neihardt Foundation and State Historic Site.