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Annual Events

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Feed Your Mind

12 PM - 1 PM

The Bridge We Built

The Story of Yankton’s Meridian Bridge 
By Kathy Grow

2024 marks the 100th anniversary of the Meridian Bridge! To celebrate the Bridge and to get you ready for our Summer exhibit program, we invited local author Kathy Grow to speak on the book she co-authored with Lois Varvel The Bridge We Built: The Story of Yankton’s Meridian Bridge. Kathy Grow and Lois Varvel published this book in 2001 telling the complete story of the Meridian Bridge. Kathy will share the bridge history and how they collected information and artifacts for the book. Kathy and Lois will be available after the talk for book signings. Finger sandwiches and refreshments are provided by the Meridian Bridge Centennial Celebration Committee.
Free-will donation to attend


Historic Craft Class

(Registration Closed - Class Full)

2 PM

Learn Calligraphy and make those Valentine’s Day cards extra special in 2024! In the class, you will learn some of the history of calligraphy, the tools needed, and some basic calligraphy. All class attendees who register

EARLY by Thursday, February 1, will get their own calligraphy pen to keep!  



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Postal History of Yankton County
12 PM - 1 PM

In 1775, at the beginning of the American Revolution, Benjamin Franklin was appointed by the Second Continental Congress to be the first postmaster general for the United States. Now in 2023, the United States Postal Service operates 31,330 post office locations in the U.S. and delivers 128.8 billion pieces of mail a year. Ken Stach, one of South Dakota’s postal service experts, will be joining us at the museum to discuss the postal history of Yankton County. Free-will donation to attend.


Hunt the Leprechaun Event 

Noon - 4pm

Put on your green, kiss the Blarney Stone, and guard your gold! Those tricky leprechauns from Ireland have infested the Mead Museum and we need kids to hunt them down! On Saturday, March 16th, families are invited to a kid’s free day at the museum with a paid adult admission.

Once here, kids will need to complete a series of activities ending with finding one of the sneaky

Mead Museum Leprechauns. 



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Missouri National Recreation River

Park Ranger Abby Schauer
12 PM - 1 PM

Missouri National Recreation River Interpretation Park Ranger Abby Schauer will be the featured speaker. Abby is originally from Spencer, Iowa, and joined the Missouri National Recreation River in 2023 as the new Lead Park Ranger for Interpretation.   Free-will donation to attend.


Heritage Park Raffle Kickoff !! 

How about a 3-night stay for up to 6 people at this beautiful cabin along Spring Creek in the Black Hills??? The Mead Museum is putting together a spectacular get away package for this year’s Heritage Park Raffle.

Watch our Facebook page for details starting April 15th!


Volunteer & Member Recognition Event
4 PM - 6 PM

The annual tradition of honoring our amazing volunteers and members of the Yankton County Historical Society/ Mead Museum will be held on April 30 .  This social event will start at 4pm with attendees getting a sneak peek at the  Summer Exhibit Program at the Mead Museum.

Not a Mead Museum member?

No worries, its not to late to get signed up and join in the celebration of great people and a great organization.   

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