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Upcoming Events:

  1. Fifteenth Laureate's Feast November 9, 2014

    The John G. Neihardt Foundation, dedicated to the legacy of Nebraska's Poet Laureate, will hold its fifteenth annual Laureate's Feast dinner and auction fund raiser on Sunday, November 9th in the Swanson Conference Center at 32nd and Sorenson Parkway entrance of the Fort Omaha Campus of Metropolitan Community College in Omaha.

    This year, the Neihardt Word Sender award will be presented to Twyla Hansen, Nebraska State Poet. She is the first female to be honored with this distinction in Nebraska. As the State Poet, Hansen serves as an advocate for poetry, literacy and literature in Nebraska; gives public presentations and readings; leads workshops and discussions; and provides outreach in schools, libraries, literary festivals and other venues. Hansen is an accomplished poet who has received numerous awards and honors for her poetry, including the High Plains Book Award, the WILLA Literary Award, and twice being awarded the Nebraska Book Award. Readers of her work will find a narrator with a palpable connection to the natural world, a reverence for the past, and an ability to celebrate the local wonders of our state.

    In previous years, the Word Sender award has been presented to such luminaries as photojournalist Fr. Don Doll, journalist Tom Allan, author Joseph Starita, Ron Hull of NETV, former Governor and Mrs. Thone, folklorist Roger Welsch, State Poet Bill Kloefkorn, first director of the Neihardt Site Marie Vogt, and Poet Laureate Ted Kooser. The evening's activities include a wine reception with music by Michael Murphy of Omaha. Emcee will be Dr. Ron Hull of NET, and the auctioneer will be Dr. Myrvn Christopherson, former President of Dana College, now retired. The reception, meal, and decor are all designed and prepared by the Culinary Arts Department of Metropolitan Community College.

    Both the silent and live auctions contain interesting, unusual, and valuable items, such as fine art and signed prints, Husker items, fine wines, a variety of gift baskets, Opera Omaha and Omaha Symphony tickets, athletic event tickets, and a great variety of dinner certificates and gift and collector items.

    The Laureate Feast is open to the public, but does require advance reservations as dinner seating is limited; reservations are open through November 2nd. Contact the Neihardt Foundation office at 1-888-777-4667 or 402-648-3388 or on-line at for reservations. Tickets are $100 per person. Also available are Sponsor tables for eight at $1000. The Neihardt Foundation is a 501c3 non-profit organization and 35% of the dinner cost is tax deductible. The reception, music, and silent auction begin at 5 p.m., dinner at 6:30 p.m. followed by the live auction. Dress is business attire.

  2. Fall and Winter Programs September 14, October 12, November 6, December 14, 2014

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


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