Online Exhibits
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Missouri River Flood 2011
In late May, Governor Dennis Daugaard warned residents of South Dakota along the downstream areas of the Missouri River (south of the Oahe Dam) to be prepared for rising water levels over the next few days, weeks and possibly months. This slide show documents the flooding in Pierre (State Capital) and Ft. Pierre through mid-June. This photo slide show is currently on display in the Museum's Observation Gallery.

The Society is looking to add materials from the current flooding in South Dakota to the museum and archives' collections. If you, or anyone you know in Dakota Dunes, Yankton, Pierre, Ft. Pierre, or anywhere else along the Missouri has flood related objects, photos, videos, or stories, please contact the South Dakota State Historical Society.

The USGS Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center currently has before and after satellite images of the 2011 Missouri River Flood. Click the link to view images on the EROS website "Views of the News" section. EROS is a remotely sensed data management, systems development, and research field center for the U.S. Geological Survey's (USGS) Climate and Land Use Change Mission Area. EROS is located in the country approximately 15 miles north of Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

No Life Without It: South Dakota Water
See how South Dakotans have used this vital state resource in the past and how water in the state is used today. This exhibit focuses on South Dakota’s water resources – from ground water, rivers, and lakes to municipal water towers. The various uses for the Missouri River from early travel and trade to modern hydro-electric power and recreation are explored. Angostura Dam and its popular warm-water reservoir are also discussed.

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South Dakota Works
South Dakota Works is a photo exhibit of 44 South Dakota State Archives images. The images are part of the State Archive’s Photo Digitization Project. South Dakota Works is on display at the South Dakota Cultural Heritage Center April 9-26, 2011.

Bottoms Up! Beer in South Dakota
Beer has been a long standing tradition in South Dakota. Click the link to learn about South Dakota breweries, prohibition, and even the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.

Be My Valentine
This online exhibit takes a look at Valentine's Day cards from the past. Have these little signs of affection changed over the years? If yes, how so? All the cards featured here are in the permanent collection of the Museum of the South Dakota State Historical Society.

South Dakota Inaugurals - Inaugural Buttons in the Museum's Collection
Special events are often celebrated by wearing buttons. The inaugurals in South Dakota are no exception. Explore the museum's collection of these buttons that first began in 1933.


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