Ceili (pronounced KAY-lee is an Irish social dance. The dances will be taught to live music and the moves called out. Beginners are welcome.
In the late 19th and early 20th century, thousands of bands were formed across the United States to play for theaters, entertainment, civic pride, and competition. These bands were popular in their communities, because they did not have to compete against radio or recordings. Sioux Falls had a number of bands like these, but an earnest effort to form a municipal band in Sioux Falls began in 1919. The city election was held on April 15, 1919, and the proposition to form a band passed 2,452 to 2,282. For the past 100 years, the Sioux Falls Municipal Band has played at local events, parades, retirement communities, and of course the Sioux Falls Parks. Learn about the band, directors, players, and more at our latest exhibit. Come to the Old Courthouse Museum for the opening and a performance by members of the Municipal Band on Friday April 5th, 2019, from 5-7 p.m. to celebrate 100 years of music for the people.
In early 1918, eight artists—one of whom was South Dakota’s own Harvey Dunn—were selected as the U.S. government’s first official combat artists. These eight men were tasked with depicting scenes from the front lines in France. Their images were to serve as historical records and as propaganda, but the story of what happened to their artwork proves more complex, ultimately revealing how the government believed that art could be a powerful weapon during the Great War.
South Dakota native Ranelle Knight-Lueth, an Assistant Professor of Art History and the Director of Galleries and Collections at Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, will present Harvey Dunn and the World War I Combat Artists at the Old Courthouse Museum at 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 7th. Admission is free.
Take a look behind the closed doors of the new Irene Hall Museum Resource Center at the artifact storage and work areas. Space is limited, call to register in advance. Free Admission.
Take a Trip Into the Pit This Summer!
Take a trip Into the Pit of a Concrete Materials quarry on Tuesdays this April! Minnehaha County has a long history in the quarry industry, from the boom towns of the 1800s to the present day. This is a free tour guaranteed to provide payloads of interesting information on modern techniques. Space is limited, reservations are required, so please call 367-4210 to sign up beginning March 4th. Only four spots per reservation please. Tours will depart from the Irene Hall Museum Resource Center at 4300 N. Westport Ave. **REGISTRATION IS FULL**