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
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.

Husker Football Watch Party
Sep 7 @ 2:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Join us at the Bancroft Community Center on September 7th to watch the Nebraska Cornhuskers take on the Colorado Buffaloes.

Food and drinks will be provided and a raffle will be held as well.  Ticket prices and more information will be coming later.

The Word Sender, our quarterly newsletter

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