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/

As part of the Nebraska statehood 150th celebration, the Knight Museum & Sandhills Center is sponsoring a quilt challenge.  The challenge is open to anyone with Nebraska connections.  Quilts will be judged and prizes will be awarded to 1st & 2nd place in each category (up to $150 cash!!!!—- Plus gift certificates!!!).


Best use of challenge fabric

Best use of “NE150” patch

Best use of Nebraska theme

Viewers choice

Youth division (age 8-18 as of March 1)

This event has been approved as an Official Event of the Nebraska Sesquicentennial.

Entry Fee is $15.00 per kit and a limited amount of kits will be available!              

Completed quilts must be entered at the Knight Museum & Sandhills Center at 908 Yellowstone, Alliance, NE on or before August 1, 2017. 

We invite all quilters to participate in the fun of this special challenge. For more information e-mail: czurn@cityofalliance.net or call 308-762-2384.


The Lue R Spender DAR Library has found a new home at the Knight Museum & Sandhills Center. For many years this supplemental collection of valuable resource books languished in obscurity but now occupies a permanent home next to the Museum theater. The quiet setting enables a visitor to spend time perusing a marvelous collection that is a great resource for filling out DAR applications or doing general family history. The collection includes several out of print volumes. The Library is available during regular business hours and staff is on hand for assistance.  (Click here for more information) http://knightmuseum.com/1057-2/

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