Sandoz Time Capsule: A Nebraska 150 Legacy Project

Shortly before her death in 1966, Nebraska author Mari Sandoz made some astounding predictions of what life would be like in 2017. They were included in a recently opened time capsule.

On Friday, September 29, a panel of dignitaries will be encapsulating their own projections about what the future holds for Nebraska as recognition of its bicentennial. This new time capsule will be buried near the Sandoz statue outside the Mari Sandoz High Plains Heritage Center on the campus of Chadron State College.

During a 1:30 pm (Mountain) talk by Sandoz Board member and retired history professor John Wunder of Lincoln., he’ll discuss the 1957 and 2017 Time Capsules and Sandoz. His talk, "Mari Sandoz and Her 1956 Fifty-Year Predictions" places her writing in the context of her life in New York City and the peak of her writing productivity (four books published and two others prepped) from 1953-1957. She also learned she had cancer, survived the death of two close friends and a devastating fire in her apartment.

Board member Deb Carpenter Nolting of Bushnell begins the activity for the remainder of the afternoon with a discussion of the new time capsule contents and guiding the audience to make their own predictions. She will be joined by board member Craig Larson of Scottsbluff and panelists Martin Gilmore, Jovan Mays, Donette Lone Hill, Mercedes Iron Cloud and David Nesheim. Nationally recognized poet Mays will lead a writing workshop to direct participants to write their own predictions.

Nebraska 150 committee member Becky Herian, Mays, singer songwriter Martin Gilmore , Lone Hill, Iron Cloud and board member Ron Hull of Lincoln will speak at the time capsule burial.

The time capsule burial is a Nebraska Sesquicentennial Commission recognized Legacy Project and is free and open to the public at 3:30 pm.