The Mitchells have been long-time supporters of the W.H. Over Museum. The funds will be used to match Dr. W.O. Farber's contribution for lighting the walkway directly in front of the entrance to the museum or a Fine Arts project at the museum. This donation represents another significant contribution to the museum's efforts to continue Dr. William Henry Over's legacy to preserve the natural and cultural heritage in this area of the Upper Midwest and pass it on to present and future generations.
An exhibit commemorating firefighters and promoting Fire Prevention Week has recently been set up on and along the walls in Sletwold Hall. The exhibit is composed of a collection of firefighting articles and memorabilia collected by a Vermilion firefighter, Ray Decker. Articles in the collection include helmets, badges, air packs, nozzles, unit/department patches, photographs, toys, fire extinguishers, plaques, signs, banners, clothing, radios, equipment, and a memorial display honoring the 911 FDNY firefighters. Objects in the collection have been acquired from numerous fire departments and sources from around the world during a 35-year career as a volunteer firefighter, including a 20-year career in the U. S. Navy.
Recent activities at the W.H. Over Museum include: the Annual Meeting of the South Dakota Archeological Society, a Girl Scout program and recruiting, a session of the Project Wild class, tours for USD classes, a tour for classes from the Sloan, IA schools, and work sessions by Friends of the W.H. Over Museum committees.
Scheduled activities include: Sept. 29 – Kid's Club Astronomy; Sept. 30 – Kid's D-Day float building project; Oct. 7 – D-Days; Oct. 14 and 21 – Watercolor painting class; Oct. 27 – Kid's Club Astronomy; and Oct. 28 – Pumpkin Carving Event (2 p.m.).
The museum needs volunteers to work on specific projects for the W.H. Over Museum. Individuals and/or groups interested in assisting the Friends of the W.H. Over Museum work committees should contact the museum at (605) 677-5228.