Category Archives: Historic Downtown

“Dinosaur 13”: The Story of Sue is Coming to Mitchell!

In 1990,  American paleontologist Pete Larson and his team, while excavating in the South Dakota Badlands, uncovered the largest and most complete Tyrannosaurus Rex ever found. They named their discovery “Sue”. “Sue” was seized from Larson by the federal government and a ten-year legal battle ensued.  Larson eventually spent 18 months in prison.

Producer Todd Douglas Miller has created a critically acclaimed documentary of the discovery and legal battles, Dinosaur 13, which will be shown from July 29th to September 4th, 2014 at the Logan Luxury Theaters in downtown Mitchell, South Dakota. The reviews from the critics call the movie “engrossing’, “awe-inspiring” and “engaging”.

The Prehistoric Indian Village is encouraging all of members and supporters to see this movie. And, if you show your Old Bones Club membership card, Logan Luxury Theaters will give you one free small popcorn!

For more information on the movie, please visit its website at dinosaur13movie.com.

For more information about the Prehistoric Indian Village, contact:

Cindy Gregg, Executive Director
Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village
3200 Indian Village Road
Mitchell, South Dakota 57301
www.mitchellindianvillage.org
www.facebook.com/mitchellprehistoricindianvillage

Summer Soul-stice Gearing Up For First Year

Mitchell Main Street & Beyond’s Summer Soulstice Arts Festival is almost here.

The Summer Soulstice Arts Festival will be held June 21 in downtown Mitchell. The festival will run from noon to 8:30 p.m., with live music ending at 9:30 p.m.

The festival returns after a three-year hiatus. The traditional community arts in the park was held in Hitchcock Park for more than 30 years. However, the last time the festival was held in Hitchcock Park was in 2008, said Lori Holmberg, Executive Director of the Dakota Discovery Museum and a volunteer with MMS&B.

A few other locations hosted the festival, including the Davison County Fairgrounds in 2009 and the Dakota Discovery Museum in 2010 and 2011. The festival ended in 2011, due to a lack of entrants. But MMS&B is bringing the festival back to life and to a new home in the hopes to reignite the tradition and draw crowds to the historic commercial district.

“It’ll be in a little different venue,” said Holmberg of the location of this year’s festival. “But, the Mitchell area has really missed (the arts festival) and we need to take advantage of the location. We hope to have the same success with our festival that other communities have had recently.”

More than 20 vendors have signed up for the Summer Soulstice Arts Festival. There will be live entertainment from regional and local artists, as well as art demonstrations.

Masondra and Jordan Metzger, of Mitchell, are excited to have a booth at the Summer Soulstice Arts Festival. The Metzgers make leather-bound journals, photo albums and sketch books. “Everything we do is with leather,” Masondra Metzger said. “We do the binding in house and all the printing.”

Custom books can be made to order. In addition to books, there are other small, leather products made out of the scraps from the books and photo albums. The Metzgers travel to several art festivals throughout the years, some including the Brookings’ Arts in the Park and Sioux Falls sidewalk festivals.

“We’re just really excited to be in Mitchell,” Masondra Metzger said. “We have done a little work with the Dakota Discovery Museum and the Prehistoric Indian Village, but we haven’t put our stuff out there for the Mitchell residents.”

Tom and Wanda Clarke, of Dakota Potter’s Supply in Sioux Falls will hold raku pottery demonstrations at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. next to Potter’s Plus Studio. Local artisan Clark Martinek of Mitchell will hold a blacksmith demonstration at 1 p.m., 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. at the intersection of 2nd & Main Street.

There will also be live music throughout the day from Sioux Falls’ Elisabeth Hunstad and Mitchell’s Billy Lurken, Jones & Co. and The Barbershop Chorus.

“It’s a great idea to put the festival on and to be putting it on Main Street,” Lurken said. “It will hopefully attract a lot of people. It’s always fun to play for people in town. You never know who will show up,” he added.

Lurken said festivals like the Summer Soulstice are greatly needed in Mitchell, as they will attract a crowd that normally would not visit the downtown district. “Mitchell needs more art events like this,” Lurken said. “It will serve the community well and give people the opportunity to show off

Chalk It Up, a kids sidewalk chalk event will kick off the day’s festivities at 9 a.m. The event is free to youth ages 6 to 12. Kids will draw a picture on Main Street’s sidewalks with the theme “Mitchell Through Your Eyes.” To register your kids, call 990-4500.

For a full schedule of the Summer Soulstice Arts Festival, visit www.mitchellmainstreet.com/summer-soulstice-arts-festival.html.

Carnegie Resource Center

This is a guest post from Pam Range of the Carnegie Resource Center in Mitchell, SD.

Just a short walk from the World’s Only Corn Palace lies a hidden gem in Mitchell’s downtown area: the Carnegie Resource Center. Built in 1903 as the Carnegie Library, this historic building amazes all who enter its majestic splendor.

Upon entering this grand building, look up! You will find a magnificent dome decorated with a mural, “Sun and Rain Clouds over Hills.” This beautiful painting was created by the famous Yanktonai Sioux artist Oscar Howe, who spent much of his life in Mitchell. Howe painted the mural in 1940 as a WPA project to employ out of work artists and was paid $60 for his work. To reach the tall heights of the dome, he made a scaffold out of wooden boxes and planks. Howe laid out the mural in such a fashion that at night, with the lights in the dome area on, one of the thunderbirds is perfectly framed by the window.

Due to the extreme heat during the day, Howe worked during the nighttime hours. The heat affected more than just his schedule, however; it also determined his medium. On his second day of work, Howe returned to the building only to find that all the painting he had done the first night had run down the walls! He had been using tempera paint (an egg-based substance), and the heat had ruined his work. Not to be discouraged, Howe switched to an oil-based paint to finish the project.

The west wing of the Carnegie building houses a fireplace built to model the one that was in Andrew Carnegie’s house at the time. Carnegie provided $10,000 to the city of Mitchell to construct the library. Additions were added in 1930 and 1960 to the library.

The Carnegie Resource Center is owned by the Mitchell Area Historical Society and, along with the Mitchell Area Genealogical Society, is preserving the building. Displays of Mitchell history and special exhibits celebrating the Corn Palace legacy can be viewed by the public at no charge. An entire room of Corn Palace memorabilia chronicles the history of the three buildings that have been home to the attraction, as well as the entertainers who have appeared there.  Many research materials are housed in the Carnegie for historians seeking to know more about the Mitchell area, as well as genealogists looking for information on their families.

Hours are Monday through Saturday, 1-5 pm. Special tours and times may be scheduled by calling 605-996-3209 or email Pam@mitchellcarnegie.com. Check out our website www.mitchellcarnegie.com or find us on Facebook.