Years ago I spent a summer volunteering at the Oscar Howe Art Museum, formerly housed in a beautiful pink quartzite building just off of Main Street in downtown Mitchell. My memory is a bit fuzzy – it was a decade ago – but I distinctly recall two things from that summer: learning to use a manual credit card machine, and the folks lying on the floor to get a better picture of Oscar Howe’s dome mural, “Sun and Rain Clouds over Hills.”
In the years since that summer, the Oscar Howe Art Museum has found a new home at the Dakota Discovery Museum and manual credit card machines have become obscure and quite nearly obsolete. The painted dome, however, remains in that beautiful quartzite building, now home to the Carnegie Resource Center. If you are in Mitchell – as a visitor or a resident! – make a point to stop in and see it.
While you’re there, check out some of the amazing Corn Palace memorabilia on display. From vintage signage to a scale-model of the first Corn Palace, some items are astoundingly one-of-a-kind. Looking for a game the whole family can play? While checking out the headshots of artists who have ‘Played the Palace,’ see who has heard of the most acts. (My number was dismally low… so much for thinking I had a well-rounded taste in music!)
If history, particularly community history, is of interest to you the Carnegie Resource Center is a can’t-miss destination. Whether its pictures of original buildings in Mitchell (both businesses and residences) or family history you’re seeking, the incredibly welcoming staff is happy to help.
And I assure you – if you lay on the ground to get a great picture of “Sun and Rain Clouds over Hills,” you won’t be the first person to do so.
Visit the Carnegie Resource Center and find out…
Anything you want to know about Mitchell history – including genealogy information if your family is from the area!
Mitchell isn’t just the home of the World’s Only Corn Palace – it’s my home, too. So come on over! Stop in for an afternoon, a weekend, a while.
Jacki Miskimins is the Director of the Mitchell Convention & Visitors Bureau. She is documenting her experiences rediscovering her hometown. Do you have an idea for a post? Let her know!