To Our Valued Visitors and Members,
The safety and health of our visitors, employees, volunteers and community continues to be our top priority. In an effort to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus, the Mead Cultural Education Center is following the advice of community leaders and closing to the public effective March 17, 2020 until further notice. The Yankton County Historical Society office will be open and operate on normal business hours for phone calls only. We will continue to follow recommendations from local and state leaders in this fluid situation. Any new changes in operations will be communicated to the public as quickly as possible. Additionally, we are committed to keeping you informed and engaged in the museum activities via social media and our website as much as possible: Meadbuilding.org or Facebook at Mead Cultural Education Center. Thank you for your continued support and understanding. While this time calls for us to minimize gatherings, we look forward to being able to welcome visitors back to our facilities again soon.
Crystal Nelson, Executive Director
Event Calendar status:
• Yankton State Hospital: Minds, Methods, and Medicine exhibit opening postponed until the reopening of the Mead Cultural Education Center to visitors (Date TBD)
• Volunteer and Member Recognition Ceremony postponed (Date TBD)
• Feed Your Mind Special Edition by Ruth Page Jones postponed (Rescheduled for Spring 2021)
• Feed Your Mind by Ed Assman postponed (Date TBD)
• Yankton Federated Womens Club 125th Anniversary exhibit opening postponed until the reopening of the Mead Cultural Education Center to visitors (Date TBD)
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Yankton State Hospital:
Minds, Methods, and Medicine
will focus on bridging the gap between the legends & truths about the campus then and now. It will be designed to help the general public understand the stories of the hospital from a historical viewpoint.
Click on the page under the Dakota Territorial Museum button to learn more about this exhibit.
Calendar of Events
Every month on the first Friday, we host over the noon hour sessions with educational and fun topics! Join us for these sessions and feel free to bring your lunch and munch while you LEARN!
April 26th (Special Date & Time: 1:00pm) -Ruth Page Jones: "Pioneer Nurse Jean Todd: A Woman Professional on Dakota Frontier” - Come listen to author Ruth Jones' account of a Scottish immigrant and single mother who became one of the first trained nursing professionals in South Dakota.
May 1st - Ed Assman: "Historic Fur Trader Stories" - South Dakota author Ed Assman has been an active member of the black powder community for about 30 years. His primary interest has been flint-lock & cap-lock rifles. The bulk of his collection is re-produced copies. Join us as he shares old tales of Dakota Territory fur traders.
June 5th - Evelyn Schlenker: "The History and Evolution of Medical Equipment" - University of South Dakota Professor Emeritus Evelyn Schlenker will share her knowledge of the origins and changing faces of medical equipment throughout history.
July 3rd - (To Be Determined)
August 7th - Craig Ernster: "Yankton Ferry Boats" - Local researcher, teacher, and author Craig Ernster will share his vast research of and stories about the history of Yankton Ferry Boats.
September 4th - David Hosmer: "75th Anniversary of the end of World War 2" - Join us as Yankton native Dave Hosmer shares the history of the last two months of the war and the month following its finale.
October 2nd - Crystal Nelson: "Body Snatchers" - Come hear our very own Director tell stories of actual "body snatchers" that were notorious for stealing and selling dead bodies! Yikes!
November 6th - Greg Nedved: "Presidential Visits to South Dakota in History" - Mr. Nedved will share the history of and antidotes about various visits to our state by past Presidents of the United States.
December 4th - Molly Rozum: "Women's Suffrage in South Dakota" - University of South Dakota History Professor Molly Rozum will share her knowledge of the women's suffrage movement in South Dakota.
UNTIL SPRING 2021
Hours & Admission
(Office hours are Monday-Friday 8am-5pm.)
$5 Kids (5-17)
Kids Under 5 FREE
Museum Hours at
Mead Cultural Education Center
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