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.



Long-term Temporary Exhibit: Dr. Susan LaFlesche Picotte
Sep 16 2019 @ 12:00 am – Jan 26 2022 @ 11:45 pm

The Picotte Hospital in Walthill is undergoing renovations, and the Neihardt Center is proud to be the home of some of the artifacts during this renovation.  For the next two years, some of Dr. Susan LaFlesche Picotte’s medical supplies, books, photos, and other artifacts will be on display at the John G. Neihardt Center.  Visit the center to learn about the first Native American medical doctor, friend of John Neihardt, and her wonderful work. Grand opening for the exhibit to come.  Check back for details.

20th Annual Laureate Feast
Nov 10 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Join us on the 10th of November at the Swanson Conference Center (Building 22) on the Fort Omaha Campus of Metropolitan Community College for the 20th annual Laureate Feast.  This year’s Word Sender honoree is Nebraska State Poet, Matt Mason.

Dinner is catered by the MCC Culinary School.  Before dinner, enjoy appetizers and drinks and bid on the silent auction items while listening to live music.  After dinner, there will be a live auction as well as the presentation of the Word Sender award to Mr. Mason.

For more information, call Walt Duda at 402-556-7644 or call us here at the Neihardt Center at 888-777-4667 or 402-648-3388.  You can also email us at neihardt@gpcom.net  Also, contact us if you would like to be added to the mailing list for invitations.  Seats are $100 per person or $1000 for a table of eight.

The Word Sender, our quarterly newsletter

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