Prehistoric Indian Village to Break Ground for Museum Expansion

Released: Fri, October 31, 2014

PREHISTORIC INDIAN VILLAGE TO BREAK GROUND FOR MUSEUM EXPANSION The Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village will have a groundbreaking ceremony on Wednesday, November 5th, 2014 at 1:00 PM. After 32 years, the Village has outgrown its Boehnen Memorial Museum. Demolition of the current media wing of the museum and construction of a new wing to take its place begins in early November and will be complete prior to the museum’s 2015 season opening on April 1st, 2015. The new media wing will be larger than the old wing, with room for new exhibits, updated A/V equipment and more. The exterior of the museum will also receive a renovation: new siding, entryways and landscaping will give the museum a much needed fresh look for the new millennium. Additional renovations are expected in the gift shop and offices of the museum. The Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village is considered by the U.S. Department of the Interior to be one of the most important archaeological sites in the Great Plains region. The preservation of artifacts at the Village is extraordinary due to the pristine nature of the site; it was never disturbed by agricultural practices or urban development. The University of Exeter, England, and Augustana College, Sioux Falls, SD come to the Village each summer for their annual summer Archaeology Field Schools. Thousands of visitors from all over the United States and the world visit the site each year and over 1,700 schoolchildren and their instructors tour the site throughout the year as part of classroom studies. For more information on the renovation or the Prehistoric Indian Village contact Cindy Gregg at 605.996.5473. Cindy Gregg, Executive Director Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village 605.996.5473 3200 Indian Village Road PO Box 621 Mitchell, South Dakota 57301