Vision & Mission

The vision of the Mari Sandoz Heritage Society is to perpetuate and foster an understanding of the literary and historical works of Mari Sandoz; and to honor the land and the people about which she wrote: Native Americans, ranchers, farmers and the people who settled the High Plains country.

The Mari Sandoz Heritage Society works to build an appreciation of Mari Sandoz’s body of work and to preserve the legacy of this premier historian by bringing people together for the discussion of her works, presenting a symposium, distinguished lecture series and a writing workshop and administering and raising funds to support these efforts.

In addition to the three major annual events, the Mari Sandoz Heritage Society also works to preserve the literary works and legacy of this preeminent historian. The Society maintains extensive archive materials including manuscripts of Mari’s works, research she compiled in a meticulous and copious index card system, written histories, essays, short stories, correspondence and personal items.

Many of these collections are permanently on loan to the Mari Sandoz High Plains Heritage Center at Chadron State College in Chadron, Nebraska.  The Society supports the Center’s academic programs and collections by raising funds for the current needs.

Membership honors the life and work of this exceptional woman. Gifts such as yours allow the society to expand Mari’s life’s work of teaching and writing.

Your Society membership provides you with a discount to the annual Mari Sandoz Conference and the Story Catcher Summer Writing Workshop and Festival both held at Chadron State College in Chadron, Nebraska. In addition, the Society distributes four newsletters per year.

The Mari Sandoz Heritage Society is a 501(c)(3) organization. All Membership contributions are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. 

Memberships are valid for one year and are non-transferable.