Come Join Us…Explore, Learn, and Discover
The Middle Border History Gallery gives a glimpse into what life on the Dakota prairies was like. The gallery takes you, the visitor, on a journey through time. Discover the life of the Plains Indians, the impact of the fur trade and the Gold Rush, the story of the settlement of the Dakotas, and much more.
Buffalo Hide Tipi
Our brain tanned buffalo hide tipi is one of the most stunning exhibits of the Middle Border History Gallery.
The buffalo mural in this exhibit was painted by Native American artist Don Ruleaux.
The Homestead Act of 1862 provided that anyone who was head of a household, or at least 21 years of age, could lay claim to a 160 acre parcel of land. The homesteader had to meet certain conditions to “prove up” on their claim, such as plowing and planting between 10 and 15 acres and the construction of a dwelling.
A claim shack, usually 12 foot by 14, foot met the requirements and served as the first home for many pioneers. Can you image living in tar papered claim shack on the open prairie?
South Dakota author, Archer Gilfillan, lived in this sheep wagon for almost 18 years, between 1915 and 1933, when he herded sheep in Harding County, South Dakota.
During those years, he wrote several stories and articles, including a book called Sheep: Life on the South Dakota Range.
To purchase your own copy of Sheep: Life on the South Dakota Range, visit our online gift shop.
Local Artist: Mike Sougstad
Gallery exhibits are backed with murals painted by local artist, Mike Sougstad, showing settlement life on the plains.
Be sure to visit the museums’ Gift Shop for unique gift items!
In addition to the gift shop within our museum, we also offer an
online gift shop for your shopping convenience.
The items in our gift shop make excellent gifts, and we can ship anywhere!
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