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, 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. 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 Talk / Book Signing / Silent Auction Fund Raiser to Support Historical Marker Program.

Where: Old Courthouse Museum

200 W 6th Street, Sioux Falls, SD 57104

When: 3rd Thursday Nov 17, 2022 6:30 - Social 7:00 Program

The MCHS November program is the

multiple-author book signing and silent auction donation event. All auction donations will go to the MCHS MarkerFund to maintain historical markers throughout Minnehaha County.

MCHS is holding a multiple-author book signing with Wayne Fanebust, Arley Kenneth Fadness & Hector Curriel.

And the fall-office-cleaning silent auction donation event where you can bid on hard-to-find pictures, books, objects of historical significance just in time for Christmas gifting to loved ones who already have everything! What items are up for auction? City Directories, South Dakota Review books, Historic Avenues, maps and atlases, framed posters, historical books and magazines, Centennial Memorabilia, W. L. Dow, Architect DVD, and much more. Auction items will be featured in pre-auction promotions on social media. Bidding begins at 6:30 with winners announced promptly at 8:00 pm.

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.