The restoration of ten larger-than-life murals in the Scherr Howe Event Center ("Mobridge Auditorium") by Native American Oscar Howe has been underway since July. The project is being led by conservator Dr. Margaret Nowosielska and artists Nicholas Ward and Amber Hansen. The restoration team is returning to Mobridge next week for their final two-week trip.
This project would not have been possible without generous funding the National Endowment for the Arts, South Dakota State Historical Society, Larsen Family Foundation, Mary Chilton DAR Foundation, South Dakota Arts Council, West River Telecommunications, BNSF Railway Foundation, and Montana-Dakota Utilities.
The City of Mobridge and Friends of Scherr Howe (FOSH) have been leads on the project. "We have learned so much about the restoration process this summer," says Haden Merkel, Chamber Director and FOSH Board Member.
Free guided mural tours are offered at 1:30 p.m. daily and audio tours are available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The artists are writing a blog at howemuralrestoration.blogspot.com about their stay in Mobridge.