Larry & Lee Ann's Journey travel blog

Enjoying a nice lunch before our heritage center visit...

'Citadel' graces the front of the South Dakota Cultural Heritage Center...

Entering the first gallery...


















Quilled cross, 1890...





Todays post covers our recent visit to the SD Cultural Heritage Center. Brad & Bonnie joined us for lunch and then a couple of hours exploring this interesting facility. Dignitaries, including Governor George S. Mickelson and First Lady Linda Mickelson, broke ground on this premier research center for South Dakota history on May 1, 1987. State Historical Society staff settled into the completed building in early 1989. The building was opened to the public in May 1989.

The 63,000-square-foot underground building serves as a reminder of the earth-berm lodges of the Arikara Indians that historically lived throughout the Missouri River Valley. The building is covered with native prairie sod from Jones County and landscaped with native grasses and plants. The 15,0000-square-foot Museum gallery explores the economic, social, political, and cultural history of Dakota Territory and South Dakota. The Museum’s primary exhibit, ‘’The South Dakota Experience’’, includes three galleries that illustrate the history of the state from its earliest inhabitants to present day.

The first gallery 'Oyate Tawicoḣ’aŋ: The Ways of the People' explores the history, heritage, and culture of the Oceti Ṡakowiŋ (The Seven Council Fires), known as the Sioux to some. The 'Oyate Tawicoḣ’aŋ' gallery shares the values and beliefs of the Dakota, Nakota, and Lakota.

The 2nd gallery 'Proving Up' shares the experiences of explorers, trappers, settlers, miners, and immigrants to a remote territory. The 'Proving Up' gallery explores how pioneers and statesmen established a booming state.

The 3rd gallery is entitled 'Changing Times - South Dakota in the 20th Century' examines the changes and challenges the people of South Dakota faced during the 20th century. The 'Changing Times' gallery follows South Dakota history from the boom of the railroads and automobile to the bust of the drought and Depression. The gallery highlights the introduction of power on the plains, telephone communication, and the shrinking of space between neighbors with the construction of highways and interstates.

We had an enjoyable afternoon & found the Heritage Center to be well kept with great exhibits and a staff that was more than helpful. Highly recommend if you get into the area. And finally, I took lots of pics inside today so for a change I'm going to post them without much commentary. In fact, I've decided to post them in two separate postings.

I've taken hundreds of photos in recent days & frankly it is a big job sorting, sizing & posting them. I'm afraid I'm wearing you all out so, look as much as you like & when you get tired just stop! The goal is to share & not bore you to death. Some have commented that they love all the pics, that they live vicariously through our travels. Our goal is to keep family & friends up-to-date with our travels & hopefully allow some, who might never see anything further than 50 miles away, enjoy touring right along with us. We love our life very much & feel so very blessed to be exploring this beautiful country. Thanks :)

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