Mari Sandoz High Plains Heritage Center

Mari Sandoz High Plains Heritage Center

The center celebrates the life and literature of Mari Sandoz and the culture of the High Plains.

The former campus Carnegie-style library, listed on the National Register of Historic Places within the Chadron State College Historic Buildings Thematic Resource, has been renovated for its new use as the Mari Sandoz High Plains Heritage Center.

The Center features exhibits, a preservation/ preparation workroom equipped with a digital imaging laboratory, and an archival library. The Center also serves as the repository for the Mari Sandoz Heritage Society, which has loaned its expansive collection of Sandoz materials for the exhibits and archives. The Society assists in educational programming and encourages research and publishing about the High Plains region.

An adjacent two-story atrium has been named for lead donors, Vernon P. and Madge Fortune Chicoine. It provides additional space for exhibits, meetings, social events, seminars and workshops.

Both facilities support CSC's academic programs - including the Applied History/ Museum Studies program, distance learning courses, and educational activities for the region's primary and secondary school students and teachers. Endowments provide internships, resources for outreach and collections.

In addition to the development of the Center itself, the area surrounding the Center supports the work that goes on inside. These areas include the campus-wide arboretum, the hiking-biking heritage trail, and the heritage gardens.