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December 9, 1999
PHOTO EXHIBIT DOCUMENTS SOUTH DAKOTA’S VANISHING LAND
A new exhibit at the Children’s Science Center serves as a photo documentation of the Vanishing Land of South Dakota. It portrays the state’s landscape that has been destroyed or is on the brink of extinction, yet is alive with distant memories. Vanishing Land is on loan from the South Dakota Humanities Council and will be on exhibit at the Science Center through the end of December.
South Dakota’s landscape has seen many changes over its long history. Once covered by inland seas and later scoured by glaciers, today recent and rapid advances in technology seem intent on wiping out the evidence of the past. Man is so concerned with keeping up with the high- speed internet community we now live in, that tangible evidences of past cultures that once struggled to live in harmony with the land will soon be all but erased from today’s landscape.
The exhibit which decorates the walls of the East Wing in the Science Center includes photos of the Scenic jail, Lake Madison Hotel, Sylvan Lake Resort, and a 1930 photo of Sacred Heart Church at Wounded Knee. In others you will see the Standby Mine, an old sweat lodge, and who can forget cigar smoking, poker playing Poker Alice.
If you would like to view the Vanishing Land exhibit at the Children’s Science Center, hours of operation are Wednesdays and Fridays, 9: 30 am – 12: 30 pm, and Saturdays 10: 00 am – 4: 00 pm. The Science Center is located at 515 West Boulevard. For more information, call ( 605) 394- 6996.
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