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Timeless History in Sioux Falls

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Timeless History in Sioux Falls

One of the most interesting attractions in town is the USS South Dakota Battleship Memorial.

Commissioned in 1942, it was the lead ship of the South Dakota class of battleships, the second ship in the Navy named after the state, and the most decorated battleship of World War II—with 13 battle stars—fighting from 1942 to 1945 in every major naval battle in the Pacific.

Although the ship has long since been dismantled, the memorial here features an outline of the original ship to scale, encompassing numerous components that would have been on the original vessel. Inside the museum you’ll find a wide array of artifacts, memorabilia, exhibits and more that detail the historic journey, the lives and service of those who fought aboard, those who lost their lives in the process, and those who have worked diligently since to keep the memories and history alive. Additionally, a great deal of effort was made to incorporate numerous items, floor boards and more from the original ship.

At Prairie Star Gallery-Timeless Indigenous Art, visitors can learn about and take home a variety of one-of-a-kind, handmade, authentic artwork made by over 500 artisans from Native American tribes including the Lakota, Blackfeet, Dakota, Navajo, Ojibwa, Potawatomie, Assiniboine and others. Here you will find everything from jewelry to clothing, woodwind instruments, drums, incense, paper and cards, paintings, sculptures, wood carvings, music and a great deal more.

Located on the campus of Augustana College is the Center for Western Studies, designed as repository on the American West. Their holdings include over 500 substantive collections and 36,000 volumes, with permanent exhibits covering a variety of themes including that of the traditional lifestyle of the Sioux Indians on the Northern Plains, and the lifestyle led by most of the 3 million Swedes and Norwegians who came to the states between 1800 and the early 1900s, plus several rotating exhibits.

Washington Pavilion is regarded as the region's premier cultural, educational and entertainment. Formerly Washington High School, it is now home to several cultural entities centers including the Husby Performing Arts Center, Kirby Science Discovery Center, the Wells Fargo CineDome Theater, the Visual Arts Center and the South Dakota African American History Museum.

The Husby Performing Arts Center houses two theaters presenting everything from Broadway musicals to the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra, regional promoters and national touring acts, and nationally and internationally recognized music, dance and theatre performances. The Kirby Science Discovery Center features over 100 interactive, hands-on exhibits for kids primarily up to about age12, while the Visual Arts Center encompasses six spacious galleries displaying the works of leading regional, national and international artists.

We’ve got one more taste—yes, I do mean dining!—and several fun and fascinating outdoor attractions in our last go-round in Sioux Falls coming up.

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