The Dakota Territorial Museum received a nice write-up in Sunday’s Sioux City Journal. I’m lucky enough to get to the museum regularly through work, but I know many people have never paid a visit to it. It’s well worth the time, as it provides a window to the Yankton area’s fascinating history.
The article also mentions the ongoing effort to restore the Mead Building on the historic Human Services Center campus. I hope they can follow through on that plan, as it would make for a beautiful museum.
Here is the beginning of the story:
YANKTON, S.D. — If you enjoy history, then helping out at the Dakota Territorial Museum might light up your life.
The museum, located in West Side Park, is owned and operated by the Yankton County Historical Society (YCHS), formed in 1961.
The YCHS, through the Dakota Territorial Museum, exists to preserve, protect, interpret and educate the public about the heritage and development of the city and county of Yankton and the surrounding area, explained museum director Crystal Nelson.
Housing memorabilia of early Yankton and Dakota Territory days, including Native American Sioux (Lakota) Indian and pioneer artifacts, the museum offers visitors a glimpse into Yankton’s pioneer history.
“For example we have a 1613 Czechoslovakian Bible and a 1630 Norwegian Bible,” Nelson said. “When you think about how those survived from crossing the ocean, to crossing the country to arriving in this area, it really speaks to the heritage of those early immigrants.”
Read the rest here.