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(Month of OCTOBER, 2021)

Gallery & Gift Shop Hours: Tue-Fri 10am-5pm, Sat 11am-4pm

Now available at the
Dacotah Prairie Museum:
"Downtown Detective" a downtown Aberdeen, SD scavenger hunt.
Look for clues in the historic buildings of Aberdeen's Main Street.
Pick up a kit at the DPM front desk.



Click HERE to see our uploaded history resources for researchers.
Free to download and use.

Now Showing...

“Artists of the Prairie: Collaborative Art Show” Lamont Gallery, Sept. 4 – Oct. 23 Over 30 local and regional artists are participating in an art exhibition that will showcase their talents in a variety of mediums. Paintings, sculptures, 3D mixed media, jewelry and fiber arts will be on display. Some artwork is available for purchase. This show will not be around long so be sure to catch it while it’s here.


“A Harvest of Comforts” Dacotah Gallery, 2nd Floor, Open Aug. 21 – Nov.6.  Items from the DPM’s collections and contributions from our staff and volunteers that bring out the cozy comforts of fall in Brown County. Our favorite recipes and the stories behind them, quilts, sweaters, and other artifacts that show why, for some of us, harvest time is the favorite time of year in South Dakota.


“The Roaring Twenties” An exploration of life exactly a century ago, this exhibit features fashion, technology, photos, and artifacts that lend clues to the flavor of the time period known as the “Roaring Twenties”.  Emerging on the heels of the Great War (World War I) and in a time of recovery after a worldwide flu pandemic; the 1920s were an era of change and optimism, with developments in electricity, technology, and industry, as well as social changes including national prohibition, the emergence of jazz and the Harlem Renaissance, changes in work force, growth in entertainment, and the advancement of suffrage for women. Now showing on the Prairie Landing Gallery until Oct. 20.


“Preserving Art… Preserving History” Art Restoration Fundraiser for “Brown County Trailblazers” now on display on the Prairie Landing through May. Estimated need: $7,000-10,000 for restoration services. Three portraits in need of professional repair; Mr. Charles Howard of Howard & Hedger Real Estate company and co-donor of the land for the Howard Hedger elementary school; Mr. P.T. Spaulding, who along with his father, started Spaulding Motors and had the first Ford dealership in Aberdeen in 1909; and Governor Ralph Herseth, born in Houghton, SD and our 21st governor of South Dakota. All three portraits are in need of repair and your donation will help the Museum preserve them long into the future.
Help us save our history!

“Dacotah Prairie Museum: 50 Years & Growing…” 50th anniversary display now on exhibit. A commissioned model of the DPM building was handcrafted by Randy Pfutzenreuter and is on display. Exhibition cabinets will address the different areas of museum activities; collections, education and exhibits along with telling the stories of our museum beginning and history.  Life size standees of founders “speak” to tell their stories. On display are rare artifacts such as the Harvey Dunn painting “Leave the Past Behind”, a watercolor print by Oscar Howe “Ghost Dancer”, Native American artifacts, and other significant Brown County history items. This exhibit is an interesting, informative, and fun experience for everyone! Thanks to 3M for their 2020 grant monies for this project.


“Historic Views of Downtown… Beyond These Four Walls” Photographs from the Museum’s collection, Helen Bergh Education Room. The Dacotah Prairie Museum building was built in 1889 and since that time the view from our four walls has changed over time. See over two dozen images of downtown Aberdeen from the 1890s to the 1960s.


OFFSITE “Epidemic!” Harvey Jewett Science Center, NSU, through August 2021.
Visit the campus of Northern State University and the NSU Harvey Jewett Science Center in the Rivett Foyer, to see “Epidemic!” an historical timeline of American epidemics from small pox in the 1840s to polio in the 1940s. Buildings on the campus of Northern State University are open to the public, 8am-5pm; per the South Dakota Board of Regents, masks must be worn inside buildings.



Want to help support the Dacotah Prairie Museum?

Your donation contributes to conservation and preservation of artifacts, traveling exhibits, new technology, and numerous educational programs.

Thank you for your support!



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Tuesday - Friday: 10am - 5pm
Saturday: 11am - 4pm
(Closed Sundays, Mondays & Major Holidays)

Office Hours:
Monday - Friday: 8am - 5pm

Patricia Kendall - Director

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(Dacotah Prairie Museum Foundation
is an
exempt organization as described
Section 501(c) (3) of the
Internal Revenue Code.
EIN: 46-0389362)


2021 Tax Exempt Certificate




Dacotah Prairie Museum * 21 S Main St * Aberdeen, SD 57401 * 605.626.7117 *
"Things to do in Aberdeen, SD."