Pettigrew Home & Museum Exhibits

Journey with the Senator: R.F. Pettigrew In the Far East

Journey with the Senator: R.F. Pettigrew in the Far East

The exhibit Journey with the Senator: R.F. Pettigrew in the Far East follows Senator Richard F. Pettigrew in the fall of 1897 as he took a trip to the Far East, touring in Japan and China as well as Hawaii on his return home. Pettigrew went with two friends, Senator Frank J. Cannon of Utah, and ex-Senator Fred T. Dubois from Idaho. The three men went to study the manufacturing and commercial development in those countries, while also pursuing the issue of the silver standard. During this trip, Pettigrew wrote a journal, describing his daily ventures as well as his impressions of the cities and people he visited on his journey. Using a part of his diary as a guide, this exhibit will help visitors travel the same trip with R.F. Pettigrew to see the Far East at a time when these countries were still a mystery for most of the world.



Building Sioux Falls: 1883-1919
Building Sioux Falls: 1883-1919

From a young city with boundless resources in 1884 to a growing metropolis in 1919, the city of Sioux Falls was an economy that was greatly diversified. The ambition of adventure and wealth brought people to the young city who were lured by promise and prosperity. The once feeble structures created from wood were replaced by multistoried structures that defined the Sioux Falls skyline. The growing community filled city blocks and became the economic and industry leader in South Dakota. Sioux Falls steadily increased the strength of its position as the financial, commercial, educational, legal, religious and political center of the state.



Cabinet of Curiosities: A Look at Sioux Falls' First Museum
A Cabinet of Curiosities

A Look at Sioux Falls’ First Museum recreates a vignette of the museum Richard Pettigrew built in 1923, exhibiting artifacts originally displayed in his museum. Mr. Pettigrew’s museum was a conglomeration of objects collected in local archaeological excavations with his brother Fred, objects collected on his travels around the world, and objects traded with other collectors and researchers worldwide. Displaying intriguing pieces such as a walrus skin kayak, prehistoric stone tools, geological specimens, historic guns, and original photos, the exhibit portrays an earlier type of museum, one that showcased objects for their uniqueness rather than as  interpretative tools used for educational purposes.

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