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This innovative historical Museum features five areas of local history including: Life in the Sandhills, Native American life, Life in the Country, Life in the Town and The Railroad that tied it all together. The secondary theme of Rogues, Rascals, and Visionaries gives you  a look at the personalities that settled the area but  you’ll have to figure out who is what!  Pioneer memorabilia, Native American artifacts and railroad history are some of the highlights of  the collection. Visitors to the museum can get a glimpse of the life lived by the people who settled in the Nebraska Sandhills. The Knight Museum and Sandhills Center is famous for a broad range of genealogy research as most of the city and county records, and many Western Nebraska records are contained in a digital database as well as in the original form and all are available to the public. The Museum offers  a large research room with microfilmed local newspapers, area authors, photos, and genealogical files.  Many of the records are available online at http://www.usgennet.org/usa/ne/county/boxbutte/ –

Volunteer genealogists representing a variety of lineage societies and organizations will be available at the Knight Museum and Sandhills Center to help you explore your ancestry on Friday, May 1 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Plan to bring names, copies of vital records, dates, bible records, birth and death certificates and a list of locations your ancestors may have lived. Please contact the museum at 308-762-2384 to schedule a morning or afternoon session. There is no charge to attend and Wi-Fi will be available for use.

A style show to promote “Shop Alliance” will be held May 9, 2015 at 2 pm at the Knight Museum and Sandhills Center.  General Admission is $10.00 or tickets may be purchased at Posh Kids, Thiele’s or 7th Street Dance Studio.  Local merchants will be supplying fashions as well as vintage clothing from the Museum Vault!  Door prizes, mocktails, and refreshments will be available.  Proceeds will be split between the Knight Museum and Historic Mainstreet. (

Pure Nebraska interviews Becci Thomas about The Heritage Room at the Knight Museum and Sandhills Center.  http://www.1011now.com/video?videoid=2766027

A gift shop carrying local authors and unique gifts is also featured.    (click here)

Becci Thomas, Knight Museum Director, entertained the Traveling Writers Group on June 21st.  (Click here for video link)

Knight Museum Mission Statement:
” The Knight Museum & Sandhills Center will continue to preserve, honor and educate others about the history of Alliance and Western Nebraska and about the Sandhills pioneer spirit.”

908 Yellowstone Ave, Alliance, NE PH:(308)762-2384