CHADRON – The Mari Sandoz High Plains Heritage Center on the Chadron State College campus hosted nearly 2,000 visitors from across Nebraska and the U.S. this summer through the 2017 Nebraska Passport program. The Sandoz Center was also invited to participate in the program in 2013.
The Nebraska Passport Program is an annual Nebraska Tourism Commission program featuring 80 statewide destinations. The stops in the free program include museums, parks, restaurants, and more.
Passport participants receive stamps on their passport or on the Nebraska Passport app when visiting each of the stops May 1 through Sept. 30. Participants then turn in their stamps to receive prizes.
According to Sofia Trefilova-Martin, student assistant in the Sandoz Center, a total of 1,027 passport visitors received a stamp at the Center and 917 digital stamps were collected.
“Most of the people already knew who Mari was, so it was very interesting to know how many people appreciate her works,” Trefilova-Martin said.
In total, the Nebraska Passport Program website said 32,650 passport booklets were requested from 376 Nebraska communities and 43 states and 95,862 digital stamps were collected. Of the participants, 465 passport holders visited all 80 locations.
—Kelsey R. Brummels, College Relations