Mari Sandoz, "Nebraska's Story Teller" was a prize -winning author and historian who wrote about the travelers to and the settlement of the Great Plains.
The Sandoz High Plains Heritage Center is toward the west side of the Chadron State College (CSC) Campus at 10th and Main Street in Chadron, NE. The Sandoz Center was dedicated in 2002 and is housed in the renovated former Chadron State College Library - which had been on the National Register of Historic Places. There is a relatively new attached Atrium for special exhibits and meeting events.
The Sandoz display includes museum and art exhibits plus an archive library of the works of Mari Sandoz. The display is very well done, and includes several large photo display boards plus an interactive computer Mari Sandoz information lookup and some historical items.
Picture Board at Entrance to Mari Sandoz Display - see CSC Sandoz Heritage Center Link below
The Mari Sandoz Center is open year around. Posted times as of 10/16/06 were:
M-F 8am-Noon -- 1pm-4:30pm
Sat: 9am-Noon -- 1pm-4pm
(The Attraction may be closed during Chadron State College Campus holidays - call 308-432-6401 for Info.)
From Sandoz Heritage Center Display on Chadron State College Campus
The Sandoz High Plains Heritage Center admission is free. You can support the Center by purchases at a small book store with Nebraska Titles or by making a donation. We bought a couple of books from the helpful staff lady in charge of the exhibit that day who said we could take pictures of the Mari Sandoz exhibit for this Web Site.
You can see more Mari Sandoz High Plains Heritage Center Information, a Collection list and Exhibit Schedule, plus many links and Heritage Center Staff contact Info at this Mari Sandoz High Plains Heritage Center web page
on the Chadron State College Web Site.
Also see this Mari Sandoz Heritage Society Site for more Info on the Life and Writings of Mari Sandoz
plus the upcoming events at the Sandoz Heritage center and links to Issues of the "StoryCatcher" Newsletter published by the Mari Sandoz Heritage Society.
See this listing of the MANY books written
by Mari Sandoz
including links to Reviews and Ratings. (Click on individual book titles for Editorial Reviews + User Reviews & Ratings)
We would rate the Mari Sandoz Heritage Center as a "Must See" in any Western Nebraska Travels Sandhills road trip that takes you near Chadron, NE. There are several other great attractions and places of interest in the Chadron area. They include the Nebraska National Forest, Chadron State Park, and the Museum of the Fur Trade.
You should also check out the very interesting "Must See" Toadstool Geologic Park near Crawford 18 miles west of Chadron, NE while you are in this area -- Preview the Park on our new Toadstool Geologic Park Info + Nebraska Badlands Pictures Page.
Also don't miss Fort Robinson State Park near Crawford, NE. We ended up spending two days in the Chadron area on our most recent Nebraska Sandhills vacation road trip. Next time we may stay longer in the Chadron, NE area since there is a lot to see and do in the northern corner of Western Nebraska.
This page on the Chadron State College (CSC) web site has a very complete listing of Chadron, Nebraska Area Attractions
with Links to more Information.
Check this Link for Candid User Reviews and Ratings of 4 Chadron, Nebraska Hotels and Motels. Compare prices and User Ratings + read what other travelers have to say at TripAdvisor
for Chadron, NE. Click the green "B&B/Inns" tab on above page for User Reviews of 2 Chadron Bed and Breakfasts and Inns.
A listing of some of the pages on this Nebraska Travels Site now, plus some of the pages and pictures to come are in the Menu listing to the left. More are being added as we "build" page additions that we think would be interesting to our Site visitors.
The list of most of the pages here now + descriptions is below.