Living river maps at Gayville Gallery

Living river maps at Gayville Gallery
Gayville Gallery at Gayville Hall is presenting "The Living River," an exhibit of a series of local Missouri River maps by Nancy Carlsen of Vermillion, through December in Gayville.

The maps highlight the 1804, 1860 and 1994 channels of the Missouri River from Sioux City to the Gavins Point Dam, historic campsites of Lewis and Clark, present day communities, and other features of Clay County and the river.

A reception for the cartographer will be held on Saturday, Nov. 5, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. prior to the Poker Alice concert at Gayville Hall.

Carlsen is a fifth generation resident of Clay County who was born and raised in Vermillion through kindergarten. She graduated from Washington High School in Sioux Falls and earned degrees in psychology from the University of South Dakota and Purdue University before embarking on a career in women's health in Hawaii and California.

Carlsen returned to South Dakota in late 1975 and, after several years in rural Union County, moved into Vermillion in 1981. Her interest in the Missouri River was stimulated by canoeing excursions during the last 25 years and two cabins which she and her sister, Cindy Kirkeby of Vermillion, have shared on the river near Burbank and more recently Meckling.

She and Kirkeby co-wrote The South Dakota Land Title Guide, published in 1995 by the S.D. Board of Abstract Examiners. They have worked for the Land Title Guarantee Company of Sioux Falls.

Since about 1998 the sisters began to study land surveys and titles along the Missouri River in order to build a digitized plat book for the National Park Service.

"The Living River" exhibit will be on display at Gayville Hall from 5 to 8 p.m. before concerts at Gayville Hall on Nov. 5 and 19, in December, or by appointment. Call 605-267-2859.

Portfolio collections and individual framed prints of the maps are available for sale, as are card sets.

Gayville Hall is at 502 Washington Street in Gayville.

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