The Verendrye Museum in Fort Pierre is named for Louis and Chevalier Verendrye, two French brothers who explored the upper reaches of the Missouri River.

Annual Verendrye Museum Meeting

Mark your calendar for the Annual Verendrye Museum Meeting on Saturday, January 25th.

The complimentary social (provided by Darby Nutter and Brian Scott) begins at 5pm, with dinner to follow at 6pm and the meeting at 7pm. Membership forms will be available at the door and dinner is included in your membership. Funds from memberships and donations will help get the Verendrye Museum renovated!

Donations are for the non-profit Verendrye Museum are accepted at the Railroad Train Depot, on the corner of U.S. Hwy 83/1st Street and 4th Avenue. Visitation to the Depot is free and open to the public. 

The Verendrye Museum in downtown Fort Pierre is closed and is undergoing costly building renovations. Be a community supporter! Memberships go to offset costs of the renovations.  $35 for single, $500 lifetime for couples, $50 for a family, $75 for a business and $500 for a Supportable Membership.

2020 Membership Form for Annual Meeting

A-G-E won 1st place in the competition

Summer 2019 News:

Thank you to our Supporters of the Verendrye Museum Backyard BBQ! A-G-E won 1st place in the competition! More than 150 people attended the event! Congratulations to A-G-E Corp for getting first place in the competition – beating out the other 21 competitors! (more details to follow) Main

Main Sponsors: Carlisle Ranch, Dakota Radio Group (DRG), KCCR, Modern Woodmen

General Sponsors: BankWest, Dakota Prairie Bank, First Dakota National Bank, First National Bank, Gateway Ford, Lincoln, Toyota, Karl’s TV & Appliance, North Star Financial, Reube’s Welding, SD Beef Industry Council, Stulken, Petersen, Lingle, Walti & Jones, Take Charge Bookkeeping, Tex’s Jack Repair, Wegner Auto

Other Sponsors: BankWest, Catlin’s Car Clinic/Fort Pierre Motors, Chase Auto, City of Fort Pierre, Clausen and Rice LLP, Don  Bourk, Eddie’s Truck Center, Farm Credit Services, Fischer Rounds & Associates, Hogan’s Hardware & Kitchen, Jerome Beverages, Lynn’s Dakotamart, Moose Lodge, Perkins, Robin’s Water, Runnings, Steve Jonas A-G-E, Bad River Mafia 1, Bad River Mafia 2, Beck Motors Camping Crew,Bottom Line Welding, Burnt Offerins, Chase Auto, Cowboy Country Store, Dakota Prairie Bank, Dakota Mill & Grain, Fine Line Auto , First National Bank, Ft Pierre Fire Dept, Graham Tire, Grossenburg Implement, Inman’s Water, Prairie ATV, Prairie Traders, Sioux Nation, WW Tire, Zander Auto Place, Zay Norman Ranches.

Contestants: A-G-E, Bad River Mafia 1, Bad River Mafia 2, Beck Motors Camping Crew,Bottom Line Welding, Burnt Offerins, Chase Auto, Cowboy Country Store, Dakota Prairie Bank, Dakota Mill & Grain, Fine Line Auto , First National Bank, Ft Pierre Fire Dept, Graham Tire, Grossenburg Implement, Inman’s Water, Prairie ATV, Prairie Traders, Sioux Nation, WW Tire, Zander Auto Place, Zay Norman Ranches.

About the Verendrye Museum:

In 1743, they buried a lead plate in a hill claiming the entire Missouri River drainage for France. The Verendrye Museum is located in the old American Legion Hall, a 1930’s vintage building that was placed on the National Historic Register July 31, 2017 and is owned by the City of Fort Pierre. The Historical Society of Old Stanley County had a vision of establishing a museum, which was realized in 1968 with the opening of the Verendrye Museum as a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation. The museum houses a collection of South Dakota and regional artifacts documenting the early history of the area. If you are in Fort Pierre in the off season you can see some museum displays at the Fort Pierre Log Cabin Center located on the corner of Main and HWY 83.

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