Early Photography Of Dakota Territory Displayed In Sioux Falls

Jul 22, 2013

Former Minnehaha County Commissioner Robert Kolbe is known as the one to call if your antique clock needs repair or if you find an old bottle in your backyard. He's also an expert on early photography in Dakota Territory, co-author of "They Captured the Moment: Dakota Photographers, 1853-1920," editor of "Minnehaha County Historical & Biographical Sketches," and an appraiser of historical books, documents, and photos. This summer the Center for Western Studies at Augustana College in Sioux Falls is featuring "Dakota Territory Plains and Mountains: Images from the Robert Kolbe Collection." This gallery exhibit, on display through September 7, celebrates our heritage through a series of historic photographs from Kolbe's private collection with images as large as six feet wide. Kolbe is currently conducting research for a new book on stereographic views of the Black Hills Gold Rush, 1875-1879, and planning a second edition of "They Captured the Moment."