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.



52nd Neihardt Day Celebration
Aug 6 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

52nd Neihardt Day Celebration

Always held the first Sunday in August, join us as we celebrate 52nd annual Neihardt Day celebration on Sunday, August 6th, 2017 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the grounds of the John G. Neihardt State Historic Site (306 W. Elm St.) in Bancroft, Nebraska.

Museum tours, artist exhibits, entertainment, family-friendly activities will precede the program at 2:00 p.m. with Ron Hull, Senior Advisor for Nebraska Educational Television as the Master of Ceremonies – a role he has held for 50 years! The celebration will feature the naming and dedication of the sculptures of Black Elk and Neihardt created by artist Herb Mignery.

This event is sponsored by the Neihardt Foundation, Nebraska State Historical Society, Neihardt Trust, Nebraska Educational Television and Nebraska Arts Council and the Nebraska Cultural Endowment. For more information, contact (402) 648-3388 or toll-free: (888) 777-HOOP.

For a full list of Neihardt State Historic Site events, visit www.facebook.com/neihardtsite and click the “Events” tab.




18th Annual Laureate’s Feast
Nov 12 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The John G. Neihardt Foundation will host the 18th annual Laureate’s Feast dinner and auction fundraiser on Sunday, November 12th in the Swanson Conference Center at the Fort Omaha Campus of Metropolitan Community College in Omaha, Nebraska.

The event will feature the presentation of the Neihardt Foundation’s 2017 Word Sender award to Tim Anderson. Anderson is the author of “Lonesome Dreamer: The Life of John G. Neihardt” published by the University of Nebraska Press.

The evening event will include a wine and hors d’oeuvres reception with musical entertainment, a gourmet meal prepared by the Metro Community College Institute of Culinary Arts, plus live and silent auctions.

Reservations are required. A portion of the event ticket is tax-deductible and all proceeds of the fundraiser directly support the John G. Neihardt State Historic Site. For information and reservations, contact by e-mail: neihardt@gpcom.net or by phone: : (402) 648-3388.

For a full list of Neihardt State Historic Site events, visit www.facebook.com/neihardtsite and click the “Events” tab.

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