State Historical Society Celebrating 100th Anniversary of Verendrye Plate Discovery

Verendrye Plate


This weekend will bring a celebration of the 100th anniversary of the discovery of the PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Verendrye Plate in Fort Pierre.  The plate was buried in 1743 on a hillside in what is now Fort Pierre by French-Canadian explorers Francois and Louis-Joseph Verendrye.  The plate was found 170 years later-by a group of teenagers on February 16, 1913.  The Museum of the South Dakota State Historical Society in Pierre will celebrate the centennial of the discovery of the plate with activities on Sunday.  The event will run from 1-4 p.m. at the Cultural Heritage Center with free museum admission.  Janet Timmerman who is with the History Center of Olmsted County in Rochester,Minnesota, will talk about her research on Joseph LaFramboise and his role as an explorer’s guide.  Visitors can also write their own message on take-home clay plates, and enjoy South Dakota State University ice cream.  Jay Smith, museum director, says the Verendrye Plate is one of the museum’s most recognized and important artifacts.  The original lead plate is on exhibit in the museum galleries.  The site where the plate is found is one of only a few verifiable sites associated with the first Europeans to explore the northern Great Plains region.

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