From Old Jules, the stark 1935 biography of her father, to The Battle of Little Bighorn, Mari Sandoz wrote more than 20 books—some of the most memorable and realistic accounts about pioneers and American Indians ever written. With keen attention to detail, compelling topics, and blunt, accurate, compassionate descriptions, Sandoz created vivid stories of the last days of the American frontier and was an internationally-known chronicler of the West and one of Nebraska’s most important writers. The vision of the Mari Sandoz Heritage Society is to perpetuate and analyze 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. Each year the Society hosts the Pilster High Plains Lecture, a conference that celebrates and studies Sandoz’s work, the Story Catcher Writers Workshop, publishes quarterly newsletters and maintains a website with information and updates about the Society’s activities. Additionally, the Society provides collections on loan to the Mari Sandoz High Plains Heritage Center at Chadron State College in Chadron, NE and supports its academic programs.
The Mari Sandoz Heritage Society is a 501(c)(3) organization. All Membership contributions are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.