SDSHS to Hold Events To Link to August Event to Commemorate 50 Years Since Dedication of Oahe Dam

President Kennedy at Oahe Dam Dedication August 17, 1962


PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A commemoration event is coming up in about a month-to note 50 years since the dedication of the Powerhouse for Oahe Dam-on August 17, 1962. President John F. Kennedy came to South Dakota and spoke at the event.
Next month, on the morning of Friday, August 17, planning is underway for an event which would commemorate the day-50-years-ago that the ceremony was held. Several organizations are involved in putting the dedication anniversary together and more information will likely be released soon.
At Pierre’s Cultural Heritage Center, Director of the South Dakota State Historical Society, Jay D. Vogt, says photos from the construction and dedication will be on display on the 17th and 18th. He says they will encourage visitors to help identify people in the photos-if they can.

Vogt says the State 1-2-3 Theater will also be showing a film containing footage from the construction of Oahe Dam.

Vogt says the extensive project did a lot for the Pierre/Fort Pierre area.

The Corps of Engineers says Oahe Dam was generating over two-billion kilowatt-hours of electricity annually by 1966. The agency also says Oahe Dam is one of the largest earth-rolled dams in the world and Lake Oahe’s 2,250 miles of shoreline make the body of water one of the largest manmade lakes in the U.S.

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