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.

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Museum closed for 2019

The museum will be closed for renovations for the summer of 2019. Other historic sites such as the Train Depot, Log Cabin and Orton bell are open to the public at no charge. Those interested in visiting the Sansarc Country School, check in with the staff at the log cabin.

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

Thank you to our Supporters of the Verendrye Museum Backyard BBQ! 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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