Dakota Discovery Museum

Canton's Hiawatha Indian Asylum

Sep 24, 2018
SD State Archives

In The Moment ... September 24. 2018 Show 428 Hour 2

A new exhibit that brings the public closer to the Asylum than the grainy photos found on the internet opened this weekend.

Hiawatha Insane Asylum tells the story of the first and only asylum dedicated to Indians in the United States. Tragically, many of the 350 people housed at the asylum did not suffer mental illness and were incarcerated for arbitrary reasons such as resisting Indian Agents, embracing their own traditional lifestyles, or simply 'misbehaving.'

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In The Moment ... May 15, 2018 Show 337 Hour 1

A summer-long exhibit at the Dakota Discovery Museum looks at the contribution of Jewish families to South Dakota history, culture, and landscape. The "Dakota Diaspora: Jews in South Dakota" and "Transfer of Memory" exhibits open May 15.

It's a look at the Black Hills Gold Rush in Dakota Territory as well as the impact of World War II on the region.

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The Dakota Discovery Museum in Mitchell has received a donation of 26 original Corn Palace mural works by Oscar Howe.  Included are four from 1955 and complete sets of 11 from 1957 and 1958.  Rod Brown of the Dakota Discovery Museum visited about the works on Dakota Midday.