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 took affect in January, 2023 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. 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.

For additional news, please check our News page.


What: Third Thursday History Talk

Note: Special Location

Where: Military Heritage Alliance

1600 Russell St in Sioux Falls, SD

When: 3rd Thursday Jan 19, 2023 6:30 - Social 7:00 Program

plus Live Stream at 6:50pm https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=57z6tWvqQcc

The January 19, 2023

History Talk entitled, "Linebacker II"

The 50th Anniversary of a War's End.

The History Talk will be presented by internationally renowned Sioux Falls media producer, historian and artist,

John Mollison at 7:00 pm at the

Military Heritage Alliance

1600 Russell St in Sioux Falls, SD

Mollison's presentation will include a live remote interview with former P.O.W. Col. Bob Certain. Colonel Certain

was a navigator on a B-52 that was shot down over North Vietnam in 1972. He was subsequently captured and spent over a year in North Vietnamese prisoncamp.

As part of the live-stream process, the audience will have the opportunity to ask Colonel Certain questions including his captivity and post-war work in treating PTSD.

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.