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/
Admission is free.
A gift shop carrying local authors and unique gifts is also featured. (click here)
A variety of Alliance 125th Anniversary T-Shirts are available in the gift shop. They are now reduced to $12.50 each. (click here)
The 18th Annual Tree and Wreath Festival will begin on Saturday, November 30th and run through Saturday, December 7th. The Museum will be open until 8:00 pm each night with entertainment and refreshments. Come and see the creativitiy involved in decorating these unique Christmas Trees and Wreaths! (click here for pictures and program information) The entertainment for December 4th has been cancelled since there is no school. The Museum will still be open until 8:00 pm.
As part of the “Adopt a Civil War Hero” program, a tombstone dedication ceremony in remembrance of three heroes was held on Saturday, September 14th at the Alliance City Cemetery. (Click here) Civil War Commemorative Coins are available at the Newberry Gift Shop. (Click here for picture). The Knight Museum is still looking for persons to adopt a Civil War Soldier. 37 soldiers remain who need researched. (Click here for more information and pictures)
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