Mari Sandoz Conference

"Nebraska 150 and the Future"

The 2017 Mari Sandoz Conference will be held September 28-29, 2017 at Chadron State College in Chadron, Nebraska. All events take place on the Chadron State College campus in Chadron, Nebraska. The conference schedule reflects times in the Mountain Time Zone. The Conference is open to anyone. Registration is required, except for the Pilster Great Plains Lecture and time capsule burial which is free and open to the public.

The 2017 Sandoz Society annual conference celebrates Nebraska’s sesquicentennial.  Friday presentations begin with Twyla M. Hansen, the Nebraska State Poet, who will be reading from her published works and from new compositions in honor of Nebraska’s 150th statehood anniversary.  You can read more about Hansen through Humanities Nebraska at http://humanitiesnebraska.org/twyla-m-hansen/.  She will be followed by Steven Rolfsmeier and Robert Roy Foresman.  Rolfsmeier is the director of the Herbarium at Chadron State College.  He will regale the audience with his knowledge of “Plants of Nebraska.”  Foresman is this year’s Sandoz Research Award recipient, and he will present “Mother’s Joy: Early 20th Century Technological Innovations on the Great Plains.”  Afternoon sessions will be dedicated to time capsule events.  Shortly before her death in 1966, Mari Sandoz made some astounding predictions of what life would be like in 2017.  After celebrating the truths and errors of these prognostications, a panel of dignitaries will be encapsulating their own projections about what the future for Nebraska at its bicentennial.

About the Conference

When Sandoz enthusiasts gather, the discussion is always lively. Although scholars might present, this is not a scholarly symposium. Anyone who enjoys reading and wants to learn is welcome. The one-day format allows lots of interaction with other attendees who attend and with the speakers. One of the popular sessions, the round-tables, discusses a book written by Mari Sandoz. Each year, the committee suggests reading, re-reading or brushing up on a specific book, but participants are welcome to listen as well.

Through this event, the Sandoz Society fulfills its vision to perpetuate and foster an understanding of the 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. So come, put on your jeans and boots and learn with us.