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Mari Sandoz High Plains Heritage Center
Open today: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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Nice hideaway

Nice museum with changing exhibits, and a beautiful prairie area for kids to check out outside... read more

Reviewed October 7, 2018
MSteffl
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Nebraska
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Outstanding

This little museum is neatly tucked away on the Chadron State College main campus. It really is a... read more

Reviewed April 19, 2018
williamo126
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Rapid City, South Dakota
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Reviewed October 7, 2018 via mobile

Nice museum with changing exhibits, and a beautiful prairie area for kids to check out outside. Great place to relax.

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed April 19, 2018 via mobile

This little museum is neatly tucked away on the Chadron State College main campus. It really is a hidden gem. It currently includes a traveling exhibit of photos from World War One and a permanent exhibit about the life of its namesake, among other exhibits. It is very worthwhile to visit. In the hour plus that I was there I was the only visitor. As such I would consider it a very underused hidden gem. Perhaps if the college would put a few signs out it would get more attention.

Date of experience: April 2018
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Reviewed March 8, 2018

This is truly a rare gem! If you know any of Mari Sandoz's works, you will really appreciate a visit at this beautiful site with prarie plants just outside the door. If you have not read her books, you will know what you have been missing after a visit to this beautiful facility.

Date of experience: March 2018
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Reviewed September 25, 2017

The Mari Sandoz High Plains Heritage Center, located on the Chadron State College campus, is in a lovely building that was once a Carneige Library. The upper floor has artifacts of
Mari Sandoz life and writings presented in a very interesting way.
The lower floor has a history of the area that highlights the cattle industry.
Wonderful photographs, Native American artifacts and items from local and regional ranching are shown and explained.
The exterior landscaping is just wonderful as is the Sandoz statue in the garden.

Date of experience: September 2017
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Reviewed September 10, 2017

Tucked into the northwest corner of Chadron State College, the Heritage Center provides insight into one of Nebraska's best-known authors. The landscaping around the center features common high plains plants (labeled!). Striding through a (small) grassland is a statue of Mari Sandoz, accurately portraying her vigorous approach to life. Exhibits inside explain her hard life growing up in the Sandhills, and how she pursued an unusual (at the time) career as a writer. I was moved and inspired by her perseverance as an author despite many rejections of her early manuscripts, her attention to detail in her writings, and her encouragement of others. The downstairs exhibits explored great plains life both for ranchers and native Americans. The staff were very knowledgeable about Mari Sandoz and the local area, and a delight to talk with. After the museum closed for the day, I spent an hour wandering around the Chadron State College, which has beautiful brick architecture, extensive greens and arching elm trees.

Date of experience: August 2017
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