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.
The program to be held at the Knight Museum and Sandhills Center on Saturday, March 1st, has been postponed to a later date to be announced. Incoming inclement weather has prohibited the Nebraska Authors Book unveiling previously planned.
The Knight Museum & Sandhills Center will be hosting a special program to celebrate Nebraska’s Birthday on Saturday March 1st at 1:30 p.m. Nancy Hansen and Barbara Ann Dush will be unveiling their new book “Nebraska Authors, Vol. One” featuring 52 Nebraska Authors, including our own local writers; Bob Howard, Ruth Van Ackeren and Caroline Sandoz Pifer and Nebraska legend Tom Osborne. Several authors featured in the book will be on hand to talk about their works, including Dr. Carl Cornelius from Sidney, NE who writes and speaks on the Constitution and how it effects us. Hansen and Dush will also speak on their series of books . Authors were chosen at random and their works reflect the freedoms that we have because of Nebraska Statehood. This will be a lively program and should be very entertaining to readers of all genres. Books will be available for purchase. For more information, call 308-762-2384.
The Knight Museum & Sandhills Center Will be celebrating Nebraska’s 147th Birthday on Monday March 3rd at 1:30 p.m. with all area 4th graders. Elaine Bleisch will be presenting “Miss Crable, County School Marm”. The public is also invited to come and glimpse this step back into life in early county schools.
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)
A variety of Alliance 125th Anniversary T-Shirts are available in the gift shop. They are now reduced to $12.50 each. (click here)
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