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            Lewis and Clark in South Dakota, a traveling exhibit from the South Dakota State Historical Society, will be at the Mobridge Area Chamber of Commerce from June 14th, 2017-September 25th, 2017.

            Eighteen text panels of historic photographs, documents, and object photos explored the animals, plants, and people that the Corps of Discovery encountered in what would one day be South Dakota.  

            "The Lewis & Clark expedition traveled right through what would be South Dakota on their journey up the Missouri River," said Jay Vogt, South Dakota State Historical Society Director.  "While here, they encountered a variety of new - or new to them - animals and plants, including coyotes and prairie dogs. They were astounded by the huge herds of buffalo and other wildlife they saw on the open plains. This exhibit showcases some of the 'South Dakota' experiences of the Corps of Discovery."

            This exhibition was made possible through a grant from the National Park Service/Lewis & Clark National Historic Trail, with additional financial support from the South Dakota Heritage Fund and the State of South Dakota.

            Lewis and Clark in South Dakota, is one of ten pop-up kiosk exhibits available from the South Dakota State Historical Society. The other exhibits are: At Home & Abroad: South Dakota in World War II shares the story of South Dakotans during the war; Life Underground: Hard Rock Mining in the Black Hills examines the state’s rich mining history; Properties of History: Exploring South Dakota’s Historic Places features  historic properties from across the state; Life Underground: Hard Rock Mining in the Black Hills examines the state’s rich mining history;  Living Traditions: Dakota, Nakota, Lakota Art examines the artistic traditions of the Dakota, Nakota and Lakota people; South Dakota Communicates looks at early telephone communication in the state; A Capital Fight: Choosing South Dakota’s Capital City  tells about the lively multi-year fight to permanently locate the capital; Drawn to the Land: Homesteading Dakota looks at the homesteading experience in Dakota; Marketing Dakota explores the hard sell used to draw settlers to the territory and the state; Fall In! Soldiering in Dakota examines frontier military life in the state.

             For more information about the Society’s traveling exhibits contact Kate Vandel, Curator of Exhibits, Museum of the South Dakota State Historical Society, 900 Governors Drive, Pierre, SD, 57501, telephone 605-773-4373, email kathryn.vandel@state.sd.us. Online tours of all of the Society’s traveling exhibits are available online at http://history.sd.gov/Museum/exhibits/traveling.aspx Image title

On August 25 1804, Lewis and Clark climbed Spirit Mound, an isolated hill located six miles north of present day Vermillion. Photo by South Dakota Tourism.

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