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.

Get Involved

The Foundation

Current projects, Membership, and the Newsletter.



Sunday at the Museum
Jul 22 @ 2:00 pm

Nebraska Presence:  An Anthology of Poetry

Greg Kosmicki, Mary Stillwell, Neil Harrison, Barbara Schmitz, and J.V. Brummels present and discuss the One Book, One Nebraska 2018 selection.

Free and open to the public.  Reception to follow.

10th Annual Neihardt Beer, Wine, and Limerick Fest
Jul 28 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

9th Annual Neihardt Beer and Limerick Fest.  Really good area beers, fine wines, good food, and great company.  Tickets $20 in advance or at the door.  Bring your limerick (Neihardt/beer/wine related).

Note:  Advance sponsorship of $50 or more nets you two tickets, your name on the posters, and special recognition at the event.  Please contact us before July 10 for sponsorship (neihardt@gpcom.net or 402-648-3388 or 1-888-777-4667).

Beer Fest poster 2018

53rd Annual Neihardt Day
Aug 5 @ 11:00 am – 3:30 pm

Commemorating Nebraska’s Role in The Great War.

Museum tours, book sales, and exhibits (restored Robinson/Blackbird family photos)

Catered lunch, for purchase, in the Garden from 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Neihardt Foundation General Membership meeting in Garden at 1:00 pm

Main program begins at 1:15 pm


Randy Lukasiewicz, JGNF Board Member:  Neihardt’s A Farmer’s Thanksgiving

Dr. Spencer Davis, Peru State College:  Nebraska in WWI (keynote address)

Music by The Front Porch Pickers, Wayne State College

Ron Hull:  Emcee

Free and open to the public

Neihardt Day Poster 2018

The Word Sender, our quarterly newsletter

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