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 are scheduled to begin 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.

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.

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What: Third Thursday History Free Public Talks

Where: Old Courthouse Museum, 200 West 6th Street, Sioux Falls, SD

When: 3rd Thursday May 19th, 2022

6:30pm Social 7:00pm History Talk



Presented by: Susan Hoskins

Little but legend is left of the thriving town of Palisades in Dakota Territory. It was a quintessential boom town, its core vibrantly springing up and wilting away in less than a decade. However the legend lives on; it made a lasting mark on the landscape, it is concealed in the proud City of Garretson, and it lives on in many personal histories. Explore the forming of the community of Palisades and, not the death, but the evolution of the community.

Public and Members Welcome at All Free History Talks