Minnehaha County Historical Society

Mission Statement

The Purpose of the MINNEHAHA COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY is to study and record the history and development of Minnehaha County: educating its members and the public on the rich heritage of the people and the land of Minnehaha County (SD). More > >


Membership DUES will take affect in January, 2022 so please join or renew now.
MCHS is asking for donations, with the goal of $15,000, to repair the
Pioneer Memorial. The monument was erected in 1949 and is located on what was then U.S. Highway 77 and Cliff Avenue. It remains popular as a stopping site to visit and overlook the city. It is much in need of repairs and reconditioning to bring the historic obelisk back to its original condition. As of April 21, donations are just over $15,000. Repairs began the end of April.

The next stage for the Pioneer Memorial is a security system so please continue to donate to the fund. More details to come.

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What: Third Thursday History Free Public Talks

Where: Sherman Park (Lower Level)

2705 W 12th Street, Sioux Falls, SD 57104

When: 3rd Thursday June 16th, 2022 6:30pm

Ice Cream Social

(MCHS & Manifold Family)

History of Sherman Park

Did you know that there was once a 300 foot slide on the hill in upper Sherman Park? Or, the trolley that traveled back and forth from Summit Avenue to the

Park? Learn about this and more when long-time park employee and historian Larry Weires makes a

presentation of the History of Sherman Park at the Annual Ice Cream Social on June 16 at 6:30 PM.

Public and Members Welcome at All Free History Talks

MCHS-sponsored historic photos have been installed in the lobby of the State Theatre in Downtown Sioux Falls! Four black and white photos, two of the original 1926 lobby, and two of the original 1926 theatre auditorium can be viewed.