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Upcoming Events:

  1. 49th Annual Neihardt Day Sunday, August 3, 2014

    The 49th Annual Neihardt Day celebration is Sunday, August 3, 2014 at the Neihardt State Historic Site at 306 W. Elm Street starting with catered lunch available from 11:30 a.m. with a program beginning at 1:30 p.m. Neihardt's respect for the natural world is evident in his works; he had a keen knowledge of plants and animals, a close relationship with the western lands and Romantic reverence for the natural world, and an ability to translate landscapes into prose and poetry. Geography and landscape are important contexts -some might even say characters-in much of his work. Without such sublime stages-vast deserts, impassable mountains, and mighty waters, the journeys of his mythic heroes and anti-heroes would not have been as epic. Randy Lukasiewicz, Neihardt Foundation board member, will perform nature themed readings culled from a variety of Neihardt's works. To celebrate Neihardt's interest in the natural world, Otto Rosfeld, balladeer and poet from Valentine, NE, will consider mankind's impact on the earth using songs, poems, and stories with environmental themes accompanied by acoustic guitar and prairie percussion instruments. Rachel Liester, owner of Red Road Herbs featured in the May/June issue of Nebraska Life, will be here with products and education about native herbs. Keeping with tradition, Ron Hull of NET will moderate. This event is free and open to the public. Old-fashioned and family friendly games will be set up on the grounds. Some bleacher seating is provided; bring lawn chairs. Lunch will be prepared by Coates Catering from Decatur. The day's programming is sponsored by the Neihardt Foundation, Cuming County Visitors Bureau, and Humanities Nebraska.

    Main Program

    Neihardt Foundation General Membership MeetingDr. Jon Cerny
    Master of CeremoniesRon Hull
    InvocationNancy Gillis
    Welcome & IntroductionsDr. Jon Cerny
    Neihardt ReadingRandy Lukasiewicz
    Treading Lightly or StompingOtto Rosfeld
    Benediction"Black Elk's Prayer,"John G. Neihardt

  2. 6th ANNUAL NEIHARDT BEER AND LIMERICK FESTIVAL, August 16, 2014

    The 6th Annual Neihardt Beer and Limerick Festival will be held Sunday, August 16, 2014 at the Historic Ferguson House, 700 S. 16th St. in Lincoln, Nebraska from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Sample craft beers and appetizers from area brew pub sponsors, and compete in the wildest beer-related limerick contest this side of Milwaukee. Tickets for this event are $25 for general admittance and $20 for Neihardt Foundation members. Attendees may purchase tickets at the door or in advance by contacting the Neihardt State Historic Site at 402-648-3388 or email. Must be 21 to participate; I.D. required. Verified designated drivers admission free. This event is a fundraiser for the John Neihardt State Historical Site, which honors the literary and thematic legacy of John G. Neihardt and preserves the heritage of the Great Plains and its great voices. 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 Historical Site was established on the site of his former home in Bancroft, Nebraska. And is under the management of the John G. Neihardt Foundation as a branch museum of the Nebraska State Historical Society.

For more information, please contact the Neihardt State Historic Site at 1-402-648-3388 or 1-888-777-4667 or by email at neihardt@gpcom.net. Visit the site at 306 W. Elm Street, Bancroft, NE.

 

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