Today Marks 25th Anniversary of Cultural Heritage Center Groundbreaking



PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Today marks 25 years since the groundbreaking for the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre. A ceremony was held May 1 of 1987 for the 63,000 square foot center, which is the headquarters for the South Dakota State Historical Society. Construction of the $6.5 million dollar facility began right after the formal ceremony and the building was completed in time to celebrate the state’s 100th anniversary of statehood in 1989. Jay D. Vogt, who was a historical society staff member in 1987 and is now the current society director, says the Cultural Heritage Center allowed society offices to move out of cramped quarters in two other state buildings into new state-of-the-art facilities. Vogt says the new building also allowed the society to better care for archival records and museum artifacts; and it increased the public awareness of the society’s work to collect and preserve South Dakota’s history. At the groundbreaking 25 years ago, then Governor George S. Mickelson spoke, Dr. Thomas Kilian, president of the State Historical Society gave an invocation and the Riggs High School band provided music.

Among those present at the groundbreaking of the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre in May 1987 were, from left, Glen Hohenstein of Butter-Nut Coffee; Gerry Schneider of the Sioux Falls office of Ferguson Brokerage; Dr. Thomas Kilian, president of the South Dakota State Historical Society Endowment (now Foundation); Dr. James Hansen, secretary of the state Department of Education and Cultural Affairs; Mrs. Linda Mickelson; Gov. George S. Mickelson; State Senator Homer Harding of Pierre; and Charles Schroyer of Pierre, fundraising chairman. (Courtesy Photo)

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