Painting the Past

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A familiar downtown face is sporting a fresh new look thanks to the Signs of the Times project hosted by the Aberdeen Area Chamber of Commerce’s 2018 Leadership Aberdeen Class. With the help of local artists, sponsors, building owners, and committees, the class revitalized the almost completely faded OshKosh B’gosh sign at 224 S. Main Street, on the building that is now home to Dakota Territory Brewing. The sign was first put on the side of Calmenson’s Clothier, which was open in Aberdeen at this location from 1925 to 1947. Class members did research around town to make sure the sign turned out looking as close as possible to its original state. Artists Nick and Nicole Fischer, Greg Blair, and Maddie Aguirre lent their expertise in outdoor murals and were able to complete the painting the weekend of May 11 and 12. The Leadership Aberdeen Class says revamping the well-known OshKosh B’gosh ad was a great way to promote Main Street and connect Aberdeen’s present to its past. // — Jenny Roth