Discover the life and works of John G. Neihardt, one of Nebraska’s most famous authors and poets. Also, learn the amazing story of Nebraskan, Dr. Susan La Fleshe Picotte, the first Native American female physician in the United States.
Tuesday, August 24, 2021
8:30 am – 4:15 pm
Tour starts at the Comfort Inn & Suites, 7007 Grover St, Omaha
$75 per person
Price includes coach transportation, tour guides, driver gratuity, and box lunch
Tour reservation deadline July 23, 2021 – payment due by July 23, 2021
Highlights: Private guided tour of Neihardt Center Museum in Bancroft, Nebraska, with Neihardt scholar and historian - The Scared Loop Prayer Garden - John G. Neihardt Study Building - Dr. Susan La Fesche Picotte display - Guided driving tour of the Winnebago reservation area including Dr. Susan La Fesche Picotte historical hospital site - Winnebago Tribe Cultural Museum
We travel to the John G. Neihardt State Historical Site in the small community of Bancroft, located in northeast Nebraska. The site is also known as the Neihardt Center and features museum exhibits about Nebraska’s poet laureate John Neihardt. Neihardt scholar and historian, Tim Anderson, will join our group at the center for a private guided tour. Our tour begins in the memorial room, which repeats the symbolism of the Hoop of the World and chronicles Neihardt’s life, works, and times. After viewing a short film and examining works by Neihardt in the library, we will go outside to The Sacred Hoop Prayer Garden and the one room study where Neihardt wrote most of his famous works. Using the vision of the Oglala Lakota Holy Man Black Elk, The Sacred Hoop Prayer Garden is a living symbol of the Hoop of the World. Designed by Neihardt, the hoop is divided into quarters with their own color and symbol; this hoop symbolizes the vastness of the universe. The John G. Neihardt Study has been restored to its appearance from 1910 to 1920. Neihardt rented this small house and used it as his office and library.
After a catered box lunch in the center, we will meet local Winnebago area guide, Nancy Gillis. Nancy will describe the life and times of Dr. Susan La Fesche Picotte, the first Native American female physician in the United States. Leaving the center, we will visit the old hospital building where Dr. La Fleshe Picotte cared for the people of her tribe. You will learn about her courage and her passion to fight bigotry and outdated laws against her fellow Native Americans. After a tour of the Winnebago Tribe Cultural Museum, we will begin our journey back to Omaha. En route, we will make a brief stop at the Tower of the Four Winds at the Black Elk – Neihardt Park in Blair, Nebraska.