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John G. Neihardt Center John G. Neihardt Center

John G. Neihardt lived in Bancroft from 1900 to 1920. It is where he began his epic poem, The Cycle of the West. The Nebraska State Historical Society built and maintains the John G. Neihardt Center, which includes several exhibits in addition to Neihardt’s one room study and a prayer garden he designed. The prayer garden contains symbolism from the vision of the Oglala Lakota Holy Man, Black Elk, who Neihardt wrote about in Black Elk Speaks. The John G. Neihardt Foundation provides many local activities, including:

The museum’s hours are 8-5 p.m. (closed over the noon hour) from Monday through Saturday and 1:30 to 5 p.m. on Sunday. For more information phone (402) 648-3388.

Other nearby attractions relating to the Plains Indians include:

Restaurants Restaurants

Floral/Gift Shops Floral/Gift Shops

Recreation and Parks Recreation and Parks

The Bancroft park has playground equipment, tables, shelters, ball fields, and a camping area with four hook ups. Annual celebrations include the John G. Neihardt Day in August and Harvest Fest in September. Several ball tournaments are also held throughout the summer.

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