Drawing connections between past, present and future.
The dictionary defines legacy as something that is “transmitted by or received from an ancestor or predecessor or from the past.” It’s a gift that the past bestows on the present and future.
The High Plains and the North Platte Valley have a special legacy and a unique place in American history. The private, nonprofit Legacy of the Plains Museum celebrates the people who made that history. We explore how the experiences of prior generations helped shape the world we live in today. And we illuminate the lessons of the past to provide inspiration and guidance toward a brighter future.
A Legacy Tied to the Land
Legacy of the Plains Museum is a dedicated caretaker of our ancestral legacy. Our legacy is tied to the land, linking the first human inhabitants to ranchers who find stone tools, linking growers irrigating with North Platte River water to the Oregon Trail pioneers who traveled along that river.
Our central objectives include:
• Promoting an appreciation for traditional agricultural techniques, machinery, and knowledge in the unique High Plains environment.
• Exploring the cultural and ethnic diversity of this region, including the unique perspectives of Native Americans, Japanese Americans, Mexican Americans, and Volga Germans.
• Preserving the stories of historic trails and travelers.
• Providing interactive, hands-on experiences to help visitors understand the origins of their food and how communities have grown in this region of the American West.