Schedule a Tour
Visit the John G. Neihardt State Historic Site with your class, or we can come to you!
To arrange your class visit to our site: Call our office and set a date. Your visit will include an informative 15-minute video on the Poet's life and work, a presentation by a staff member, an opportunity for students to write, plenty of time to see the exhibits, an explanation of the symbolism of the Sacred Hoop Garden, and a chance to see Neihardt's Study. We can tailor your visit to grade level, even provide an informational "scavenger hunt." There is no charge for admission.
To arrange for our visit to your location: If you cannot do a field trip, we can come to you. We will bring the 15-minute video, books and artifacts, and give a presentation on the Poet and his work and/or History and Cultures of the Great Plains--the subject of many of Neihardt's works. There is no charge.
The museum also has an excellent gift shop with books by Neihardt and other Nebraska and Western authors, as well as Native American arts and crafts. Teachers and schools receive an automatic 10% discount.
The visit will be long remembered by your students and will help them comprehend the wonderful lessons of literature, history, and Native American culture and philosophy.
Literature: Neihardt is Nebraska's Poet Laureate in Perpetuity
History: Much of his work was about the history of the West
Multiculturalism: Exhibits include Native American art and artifacts John G. Neihardt is known worldwide for Black Elk Speaks, a work about the life of a Lakota holy man, and A Cycle of the West, an epic poem of America's internal expansion from the mountain men through the noble resistance of the Lakota to the end of the Indian Wars in 1890.
Add a regional perspective to your curriculum (and encourage writing and reading across the curriculum) by incorporating a one-day lesson about Nebraska's Poet Laureate who wrote numerous lyric and dramatic poems, short stories, essays, an autobiography, book critiques and literary criticism.
Set on a beautifully shaded 2 ½ acres, the site includes Neihardt's study in which he wrote much of his early work; exhibits on his life and the Great Plains experience including perspectives from Native Americans and frontier settlers of this area; a Sacred Hoop Garden based on the traditional Lakota view of the universe as described by Black Elk.