Oahe Dam 50th Anniversary to be Celebrated August 17

Historic Oahe Dam Photo


PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Details have been released for an event that will commemorate 50 years since the dedication of the Oahe Dam. The 50th anniversary celebration next month will feature a short program outside the visitor center that overlooks Lake Oahe on August 17 at 11:00 a.m. On that same date and time in 1962, the dam was dedicated by President John F. Kennedy. In a press release, Eric Stasch, who is the Project Manager for Oahe Dam, says that construction of the dam has had a huge impact on the surrounding area and the entire nation. The South Dakota State Historical Society will hold events linked to the 50rh anniversary at the Cultural Heritage Center, the Oahe Chapel and the State Theater on August 17 and 18. Special extended tours of the Powerhouse and Intakes of Oahe Dam will be offered by Corps of Engineers personnel on Friday the 17th and the Great Lakes tourism Association, which manages the Oahe Visitor Center, will have special programs on the 18th. The Pierre Chamber website will offer more details as anniversary activities are finalized at www.pierre.org or visit the Great Lakes of South Dakota Tourism Association Oahe 50th Anniversary page at http://www.sdgreatlakes.org/cultureandhistory/oahedam50thanniversary/.

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