Published on January 1st, 2021 | by AberdeenMagazine


Dacotah Prairie Museum Celebrates 50th Anniversary

The Dacotah Prairie Museum turned 50 years old in 2020, and what better way to commemorate this special landmark than with an exhibit of its own? 

Curator of Exhibits Lora Schaunaman started working on this idea last January with the intention of having it up by March 2020, but COVID-19 slowed the process down significantly. However, she said the extra time allowed her to breathe a brand new personality into the exhibit. It will detail the museum’s history from the very beginning, starting in 1963 with the “movers and shakers” who worked for seven years straight to get the museum rolling.“They are the unsung heroes,” Schaunaman said. “They put in so many hours and so much imagination.” 

The exhibit will also detail each department of the museum and show what kind of work a curator does on a daily basis. Visitors can check it out on the second floor of the museum in the former football exhibit. // – Becca Simon 

The Dacotah Prairie Museum is open Tuesday – Friday from 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM and Saturday from 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM. 

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