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History Packets from the DPM are still available for Summer Family Fun!Go to our event website (below) and sign up for M...
05/26/2020
DPM HISTORY PACKETS & ART PROJECT KITS - WEEKLY

History Packets from the DPM are still available for Summer Family Fun!
Go to our event website (below) and sign up for Mondays in June & July. Click link for more information.

WEEKLY HISTORY PACKETS & ART PROJECT KITS! Fun activities, art projects & more. Free to students, parents/guardians pick up packets at DPM.

“Celebrating Days in May” - MAY 25 MEMORIAL DAY“South Dakota Volunteers Enroute to Philippines in 1898 – Spanish-America...
05/25/2020

“Celebrating Days in May” - MAY 25
MEMORIAL DAY
“South Dakota Volunteers Enroute to Philippines in 1898 – Spanish-American War”
This photo was taken in San Francisco. Otto S. Berg (pictured in row 2, 5th from left) was the first Brown County resident to die in military service.
Photo: Dacotah Prairie Museum Collection

“Celebrating Days in May” - MAY 23 NATIONAL TAFFY DAYToday is National Taffy Day and though it’s not a picture of sugary...
05/23/2020

“Celebrating Days in May” - MAY 23
NATIONAL TAFFY DAY
Today is National Taffy Day and though it’s not a picture of sugary taffy, we’ve got a ‘sweet’ photograph to share!
Just for discussion, given the choice of taffy or chocolate, which would you choose?
Photo: “Combs Chocolate Shop, Aberdeen, SD”, 1928
Dacotah Prairie Museum Collection

Did you know... the DPM, in partnership with the CVB, has an exhibit displayed at the Aberdeen Regional Airport?!Travele...
05/22/2020

Did you know... the DPM, in partnership with the CVB, has an exhibit displayed at the Aberdeen Regional Airport?!
Travelers coming and going can browse the historical Suffragette display. Aberdeen was in it to win it for the Women's Right To Vote fight. Matilda Jocelyn Gage, Aberdeen resident (and L. Frank Baum's mother-in-law) was a behind-the-scenes supporter and bolster for the national movement.

“Celebrating Days in May” - MAY 22 NATIONAL BUY A MUSICAL INSTRUMENT DAYWe appreciate music, musicians, and the business...
05/22/2020

“Celebrating Days in May” - MAY 22
NATIONAL BUY A MUSICAL INSTRUMENT DAY
We appreciate music, musicians, and the businesses that deal with the instruments that provide music for our ears! Just for discussion, is there an instrument you would like to learn to play?
Photo: “Early Aberdeen Orchestra”, Date Unknown
Dacotah Prairie Museum Collection

“Celebrating Days in May” - MAY 21 NATIONAL WAITSTAFF DAY“The Milwaukee Bar, Aberdeen, SD” ca. 1907-1912The Milwaukee Ba...
05/21/2020

“Celebrating Days in May” - MAY 21
NATIONAL WAITSTAFF DAY
“The Milwaukee Bar, Aberdeen, SD” ca. 1907-1912
The Milwaukee Bar was located where the Flame Restaurant is today. The sign above the door on the right reads “This Way to Restaurant & Good Meal”. We say, every day is a great day to show appreciation to waitstaff and workers in food service, and most especially today!
Photo: Dacotah Prairie Museum Collection

A quick ArtiFACT story from our Curator of Collections, Jackie Ormand.Look at this sweet photo of two brothers. Robert a...
05/21/2020

A quick ArtiFACT story from our Curator of Collections, Jackie Ormand.
Look at this sweet photo of two brothers. Robert and William (baby) Lamont, 1915, Aberdeen SD. The woven basket is in excellent condition. #BabyBasket #Brothers

05/20/2020
05/20/2020

Stay tuned... Live Facebook Video at 10am!
Lora Schaunaman talks about the Native American Housing exhibit in detail. Join us!

05/20/2020
05/19/2020

Facebook Live! Wed. May 20 @ 10am!
Native American Housing Exhibit
w/Lora Schaunaman

05/19/2020

WOW - DPM Art Kits are wildly popular but our supplies are limited. You may find those "sold" out. Not to worry, History Packets are available! Thanks for understanding and thanks for the overwhelming response!

Attention all elementary students! (and parents/guardians)The DPM will be offering HISTORY PACKETS & ART KITS for elemen...
05/18/2020
DPM HISTORY PACKETS & ART PROJECT KITS - WEEKLY

Attention all elementary students! (and parents/guardians)

The DPM will be offering HISTORY PACKETS & ART KITS for elementary-aged students on Mondays in June & July.

HISTORY ACTIVITY PACKETS: Word finds, coloring pages, quizzes, scrabbles, fun history facts, road trip ideas and scavenger hunts. Something different every week!
ART PROJECT KITS: Instruction sheet, supplies (some supplies needed from home) and examples on how you can create your own artwork. A different project every week!

PLEASE register so we know how many packets we need to create each week. You can request for some of the weeks or all of the weeks. Packets can be picked up Mondays, 8-11am at the 1st Ave Museum entryway. See registration site for more information. Enjoy!
Call the DPM with any questions at 605.626.7117.

WEEKLY HISTORY PACKETS & ART PROJECT KITS! Fun activities, art projects & more. Free to students, parents/guardians pick up packets at DPM.

Thanks for sharing your collections pieces South Dakota Cultural Heritage Center. We have a certain amount of pride in o...
05/18/2020

Thanks for sharing your collections pieces South Dakota Cultural Heritage Center. We have a certain amount of pride in our once-resident L. Frank Baum and his wife's family, the Gages. Especially his mother-in-law, Matilda Jocelyn Gage, Suffragette leader.

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz author, and one-time Aberdeen resident, L. Frank Baum was born on this day in 1856 in Chittenago, NY. Baum moved to Aberdeen in 1888 and opened a general store he named "Baum's Bazaar." The store closed in 1890 and Baum became editor of the Aberdeen Saturday Pioneer. He wrote editorials about local happenings, including writing about women’s suffrage. Baum was even the secretary of the of Aberdeen's Woman's Suffrage Club. Baum also loved baseball and organized a very early semi-pro team while in Aberdeen. Baum moved to Chicago in 1891, but drew upon many of his experiences in the Dakota Territory while writing The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. It was published in 1900 and was an instant smash hit. In total Baum wrote 14 books in total in the Oz series. Pictured here are two of Baum’s books that are currently in the museum’s collection.

Here's another beautiful photo taken by Mike Scott, our Brown County Landfill Manager, of Wylie Park at sunset. #BrownCo...
05/18/2020

Here's another beautiful photo taken by Mike Scott, our Brown County Landfill Manager, of Wylie Park at sunset. #BrownCounty #SDisAwesome

“Celebrating Days in May” - MAY 18 NATIONAL NO DIRTY DISHES DAY“Just say ‘No’ to dirty dishes” is the motto of the day! ...
05/18/2020

“Celebrating Days in May” - MAY 18
NATIONAL NO DIRTY DISHES DAY
“Just say ‘No’ to dirty dishes” is the motto of the day!
The image is a postcard print from the museum collection, captioned ‘Bachelor Washing Dishes’.
Photo: Dacotah Prairie Museum Collection

“Celebrating Days in May” - MAY 16 NATIONAL ARMED FORCES DAY“World War I Era Troops Marching”, ca. 1917-1918Celebrated o...
05/16/2020

“Celebrating Days in May” - MAY 16
NATIONAL ARMED FORCES DAY
“World War I Era Troops Marching”, ca. 1917-1918
Celebrated on the third Saturday in May, Armed Forces Day was established by President Truman as a day to recognize and show appreciation to the men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces.
Photo: Dacotah Prairie Museum Collection

“Celebrating Days in May” - MAY 15 INTERNATIONAL DAY OF FAMILIES “A Postcard Print of a Family”, Date UnknownAny parent ...
05/15/2020

“Celebrating Days in May” - MAY 15
INTERNATIONAL DAY OF FAMILIES
“A Postcard Print of a Family”, Date Unknown
Any parent who has tried to persuade a young child to pose nicely for a family picture will agree, the struggle to contain a toddler is real, and some things never change.
Unidentified Photo: Dacotah Prairie Museum Collection

An ArtiFACT Story from DPM's Curator of Collections, Jackie Ormand:Marghab Linens - Set of four linen placemats from the...
05/15/2020

An ArtiFACT Story from DPM's Curator of Collections, Jackie Ormand:
Marghab Linens - Set of four linen placemats from the Marghab Collection. These hand embroidered linens were originally owned by Vera Way Marghab. Linens have a tint of silver gray on rectangle with deer design. Deer is standing in flowers looking up at the moon & clouds. The set of four linen "goblet rounds" or coasters have silver gray linen with same deer pattern on smaller scale.
Designs were hand embroidered by the most skilled in the Portugese Island of Madeira. They were done on fabrics of finest linen from Ireland & Switzerland; & Margandie, a sheer transparent fabric of finest Egyptian cotton. Threads specially dyed came from France & Scotland. Vera Way Marghab was a native of Watertown SD. Her husband Emile was a native of Cyprus and a British subject. Their business ran from 1934 – 1978, where they created & collected only the finest quality & artistry in linens. The South Dakota Art Museum received and exhibit some of the Marghab pieces in 1998. The DPM is fortunate to have received a few of these items into our collection.

05/14/2020
Behind the Scenes Tours - Pioneer Kitchen with Sherri Rawstern

Here it is as promised... our behind the scenes exhibit tour of the Pioneer Kitchen with Sherri Rawstern. Enjoy!

Watch as you get to go behind the scenes once again at the Dacotah Prairie Museum. This exhibit is a fun walk-through of the Pioneer Kitchen exhibit. Take a ...

Ahh... well, we are only as good as our technology, it would seem. Our live video had some issues. We will re-record and...
05/13/2020

Ahh... well, we are only as good as our technology, it would seem. Our live video had some issues. We will re-record and post later this afternoon. It will be the same behind the scenes tour of the Pioneer Kitchen exhibit with Sherri Rawstern & Lora Schaunaman. #Take2

“Celebrating Days in May”MAY 13  NATIONAL APPLE PIE DAY“F.W. Woolworth Co. Lunch Counter, Menu Ads & Staff, Aberdeen, SD...
05/13/2020

“Celebrating Days in May”
MAY 13 NATIONAL APPLE PIE DAY
“F.W. Woolworth Co. Lunch Counter, Menu Ads & Staff, Aberdeen, SD, May 27, 1940”
We can see in the photo that strawberry banana pie and cherry pie were featured menu items …it’s not quite apple pie, but just as delicious!
Photo: Dacotah Prairie Museum Collection

05/13/2020

Stand by... Live Facebook Video @ 10am!
Behind the scenes in the Pioneer Kitchen with Sherri Rawstern.

A DPM ArtiFACT story from Curator of Collections, Jackie Ormand.3-Generation Wedding Dress. A two-piece wedding dress wi...
05/13/2020

A DPM ArtiFACT story from Curator of Collections, Jackie Ormand.
3-Generation Wedding Dress. A two-piece wedding dress with the top in ivory satin, no collar, rounded neck, & short-sleeved. The original lace is attached to the sleeves. The skirt is ivory satin with a very heavy lining underneath. This dress was worn in 1899, 1932 & 1967. It was originally worn by the grandmother, Mayme Boynton Townsend in 1899, then the mother, Marian Townsend Berry in 1932, & then the daughter (donor), Nancy Berry Henrichsen in 1967. A new top was made for the daughter with the original lace on the sleeves and contains a yard of the original material. The brides even wore the same satin shoes! #Wedding #Family #SayYesToTheDress

05/12/2020

DPM Facebook Live!
Wed. May 13, 10am
~Pioneer Kitchen~
Behind the Scenes Tour!

Are you ready for summer? Here are some Richmond Lake scenes by our Brown County Landfill Manager, Mike Scott. #LetsGoTo...
05/12/2020

Are you ready for summer? Here are some Richmond Lake scenes by our Brown County Landfill Manager, Mike Scott. #LetsGoToTheLake #RichmondLakeSD #Boating #Fishing #BrownCountySD

05/11/2020
Chicago, Milwaukee & St Paul Depot Fire 1911

Here's the latest History Moment from the DPM's Education Department.
Hear about the 1911 depot fire and how the railroad crews and local citizenry responded. Sherri Rawstern, Curator of Education narrates.

Another History Moment from the Dacotah Prairie Museum, Aberdeen, SD. Hear about the 1911 depot fire and how the railroad crews and local citizenry responded...

Another DPM ArtiFACT story from our Curator of Collections, Jackie Ormand.Graduation Dress made by Pauline Wendell (Wand...
05/10/2020

Another DPM ArtiFACT story from our Curator of Collections, Jackie Ormand.

Graduation Dress made by Pauline Wendell (Wandschneider) for graduation at Aberdeen Central High School in June 1922. She handmade the dress in her Senior Home Economics class. The dress is sheer white organza and dotted Swiss. Short sleeve with a square neckline. Pullover - no zipper or buttons. It comes with a sash, sheer white organza. Very long. To be doubled and worn at hips; with two flowers, one at each end. As you can see from the photos, the DPM has a significant collection of like-styled dresses.

Pauline was born in Aberdeen in the early 1900s. She attended local schools, attending and graduating from ACHS in 1922. She attended Northern Normal School in Aberdeen for 2 years, then transferred to USD in Vermillion, graduating in 1927 with a degree in Home Economics. She moved to Chicago to begin her career in food service management. After raising her family, she went back to school at the age of 50 for her teaching certificate in the State of IL. She taught until the late 1960s and retired after her husband passed away in 1970. She became President of Downers Grove Historical Society and created the first museum, becoming Curator until 1989 when she retired.

“Celebrating Days in May” - May 10 HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY!"Holding Babies”, ca. 1930This is an unidentified photo from our c...
05/10/2020

“Celebrating Days in May” - May 10
HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY!

"Holding Babies”, ca. 1930
This is an unidentified photo from our collection. Are the babies twins? Who is holding them? Mother & Grandmother? What do you think?
Photo: Dacotah Prairie Museum Collection

Pssst…TOMORROW -May 10, 2020 is Mother’s Day…AND…NATIONAL CLEAN YOUR ROOM DAY!In 2020, the dates have aligned! We though...
05/09/2020

Pssst…TOMORROW -May 10, 2020 is Mother’s Day…AND…
NATIONAL CLEAN YOUR ROOM DAY!

In 2020, the dates have aligned! We thought you might appreciate a little advance notice. Show love to your Mom by having your room clean by tomorrow! Don’t say we didn’t warn you.
“A Bedroom in the S.C. Hedger Home, Aberdeen, SD, ca. 1910”
Photo: Dacotah Prairie Museum Collection

“Celebrating Days in May” - May 9 WORLD MIGRATION BIRD DAY“Birds in Flight”, Date UnknownWorld Migratory Bird Day is cel...
05/09/2020

“Celebrating Days in May” - May 9
WORLD MIGRATION BIRD DAY

“Birds in Flight”, Date Unknown
World Migratory Bird Day is celebrated in the U.S. on the second Saturday in May
Photo: Dacotah Prairie Museum Collection

“Celebrating Days in May” - May 8  NATIONAL HAVE A COCA-COLA DAY“Coca-Cola Bottling Company Machinery, Aberdeen, SD”, Da...
05/08/2020

“Celebrating Days in May” - May 8
NATIONAL HAVE A COCA-COLA DAY

“Coca-Cola Bottling Company Machinery, Aberdeen, SD”, Date Unknown
Photo: Dacotah Prairie Museum Collection

Lions and Tigers and .... hey, have you seen our Bears?! Going on a bear hunt... (yes, those are our bears in our wildli...
05/07/2020

Lions and Tigers and .... hey, have you seen our Bears?!
Going on a bear hunt... (yes, those are our bears in our wildlife gallery.) See if you can find our bears on our building! #BearHunt #WildlifeDowntown

Another DPM ArtiFACT story from our Curator of Collections, Jackie Ormand:“Doughboy” WWI Soldier DollThe WWI "Doughboy A...
05/07/2020

Another DPM ArtiFACT story from our Curator of Collections, Jackie Ormand:
“Doughboy” WWI Soldier Doll
The WWI "Doughboy American Soldier” dolls were made & sold by the Ideal Toy Co in 1917-1918.
"Doughboy" was the general slang term for any US Service member in WWI; especially troops that were deployed to Europe as part of the American Expedition Forces - as Tommy was the nickname for British soldiers and Poilu (hairy one) for French soldiers.
There are various theories as to the exact origin of the name.
Take a close look at his time-worn, sweet face.
#DoughBoy #WWI #WarDoll

05/06/2020
DPM Window Exhibit - High School Art Show

Beautiful weather is made for taking a walk! If you find yourself walking downtown, please take a look at our "window" exhibit featuring photos of the student artwork from our recent All Dakota High School Fine Arts Exhibition. #StudentArt #OutsideExhibit #ArtInTheOpen #DownTownArt

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Dacotah Prairie Museum, Brown County’s History Storehouse

The Dacotah Prairie Museum celebrates 50 years as Brown County’s premier history museum. Over the decades the Museum has been a storehouse for the county’s collective memory and has provided exceptional archival, research, exhibit and educational services. The Museum is housed in the historic Northwestern Bank building built in 1889, a cornerstone of Aberdeen’s vibrant downtown district.

Exhibits on display highlight Brown County's history and the people who lived here past and present. Art exhibits by local artists rotate through the galleries on a regular basis as well as traveling STEM and history exhibits. Finish your visit with a spin through the Museum Store for a fun and memorable takeaway souvenir.

Gallery & Museum Store Hours: Tues.-Fri. 9am-5pm and Sat.-Sun. 1-4pm. Closed Mondays and major holidays. Free admission, donations appreciated. Check out the latest exhibits and events at www.dacotahprairiemuseum.com

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Warrior Is ---The life story of Mato Niyanpi (Answers the questions of who, how, what and why, as to what happened at the Greasy Grass Battle on June 25, 1876) Prologue He smelled the yellow of the sun. His spirit was alive and energetic. He felt the energy in his chest and all along the blood running through his veins. He looked to his left to see his great friend by his side. The strong scent of sage caressed his nostrils and reminded him of home. The movement over the high-running hilly ridge to the south caught his eye. He and Swift Bear sensed and felt the pathway opening up. So much had occurred so quickly. So suddenly. So dramatically. Their call to duty, his call to duty, filled his mind, his heart, his spirit. Today was meant to happen. It was presented to the people from the Creator. The plan was made. The warriors summoned. The preparation was done. It all led to this place. This portal in time. The sparse clouds to the west resembled mares’ tails. And for a brief moment, he remembered his white stone friend in the White Mountains. He remembered his spiritual commitment to protect his people, Grandmother Earth, and the sacred He Sapa. And time stood still for a moment—a small moment in time, through all of the ancient and original history of all the moments of time. And as the group of the horse-mounted soldiers rode briskly over the far ridge, the Creator shined that warm, nurturing light upon these warriors. Such as Creator had been doing since the beginning of time, since the beginning of Grandmother Earth and Grandfather Sky, and at the beginning of all things. All the moments of time forever, had arrived here, now. It had come to this. Creator’s strong will and great invisible hand had placed them here. It was the Creator all along. It always was. And always would be. For one to know what led the young Lakota warriors to be here at this fateful site near the Greasy Grass River on this warm, sun-drenched day, one must go back. Go back in time. Way back, to the beginning. When it was only the Creator. And the Creator of all things decided to create a new world. Her name would be Unci Maka. “Grandmother Earth.” And she would be created to hold and sustain life. All kinds of beings, all kinds of peoples, will be given and placed upon and within her to show her love of life. And this is how it all began..... Mato Niyanpi, Saved by Bear, is called upon by his relatives, and Creator, to perform an act of commitment and courage in the Greasy Grass Battle at the Little Bighorn in Montana, on June 25, 1876. He has a face-to-face confrontation with Custer on Last Stand Hill. Mato Niyanpi is the proud Mnincoju Lakota warrior who killed Lt. Col. George A. Custer. In the taking of his human presence from Unci Maka, Mato Niyanpi became, and continues to be, the Spirit Keeper of Custer. Creator called this union for our future together as human beings, living in peace, unity, tolerance and love. This story is based on the life of Mato Niyanpi and his true personal experiences told as family oral history passed down through the generations of his lineal descendants. WARRIOR IS offers an indigenous perspective of the spiritual journey of this human being, and the life of the Lakota during the changing times. It encompasses information never revealed publicly to anyone outside of the immediate family for the past 142 years. WARRIOR IS narrates the events from Creation times to weeks after the Greasy Grass Battle, the summer of 1876. Mato Niyanpi’s great grandsons, Harley L. Zephier and Robin L. Zephier, Mnincoju Lakota tribal members, tell the story of their great-grandfather. The practice and belief of this proven civilization is portrayed and described in every facet of the peoples’ existence. The life purpose of co-existence and respect for all the families of Unci Maka, Grandmother Earth, is the gift and intent of Creator. Harley L. Zephier and Robin L. Zephier, brothers, are great-grandsons of Mato Niyanpi/Saved by Bear and are members of the Mnincoju Lakota people. Both live in South Dakota. They gave a book presentation at the Greasy Grass battlefield on the anniversary on June 25, 2018, and prayed for the beginning of the transformation of that sacred spiritual place, from a site of past conflict, war, suffering and death, to one of a healing ground for the future of all humankind, and to include the four-legged, winged, waterborne, plants and water, as children of the Creator and of Unci Maka (Grandmother Earth), to be one day, all of us, united in peace, unity, tolerance and love. Please visit www.warrioris.com and www.scarleg,com and Scar Leg page. Available from the authors themselves, and from iUniverse.com and Amazon.com as well. There is also a map of the Greasy Grass Battlefield that is available which corresponds with Chapter 16: Our Battle, which is only available through the authors at this time. #greasygrasswarriors #whitestonepony #matoniyanpi #savedbybear #uncimaka #sacredhesapa #scarleg #mnincojulakota #putl #peaceunitytolerancelove #warrioris #oldstonewarriors
Why never to have a Etch A Sketch exhibit,,,