Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Dakota Discovery Museum

I attended the Summer Music Festival on the campus of Dakota Wesleyan University. There were performers from 10AM to 5PM.  Two I really liked...Paul Imholte played his custom made hammered dulcimer, making beautiful music.  A singer, Jami Lynn sang original folk songs based on the experiences of her pioneer ancestors who homesteaded in western South Dakota.  She accompanied herself on the guitar and banjo. She sang about the mighty Missouri River.
The Museum was open, and I strolled through it.  I stood in awe at the display of an entire homesteader cabin. How much tenacity did the early pioneers have to be able to endure the life they had to live to survive? There is also an old Church, and a country school house on the grounds.  The Beckwith house is an interesting place to tour as well.  One of the early settlers in Mitchell, he is one of co-founders of the Corn Palace.  This house would have been a grand place in its glory.  All in all, a very relaxing day.

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