Museum hosts open-air band concert

Museum hosts open-air band concert
The Friends of the W. H. Over Museum (FOM) held an open-air band concert and ice cream social at the museum on Sunday evening, Aug. 5.

With more than 50 members, Lennox Municipal Band played a variety of songs on the museum's front patio. The Rev. Steve Miller performed as a featured musician. Dr. Allen Johnson, two Vermillion High School graduates, and four USD graduates are members of this multi-aged, talented band. The band was formed over 125 years ago and conducts an annual concert tour as well performing regular Thursday night concerts at home during the summer.

The potted flowers and plants that adorn the museum's front patio were donated by (and cared for by) June Sherman and Karen Kaeberle. The event was well-attended and brought back memories of the time when community bands provided a welcome summer respite and an opportunity for neighbors to meet and visit.

The Vermillion Lions Club held their Third Annual Biker and Traveler Pancake Breakfast at the Vermillion Exit (Exit 26) Rest Area on I-29 from Aug. 1-5. Proceeds (less expenses) from the event were given to the Friends of the W. H. Over Museum to help finance the museum's operations and programs. The Lions greeted and fed travelers from as far away as Puerto Rico.

Several bikers announced that they had been told about the outstanding pancakes and hospitality by satisfied travelers at a rest stop in Michigan and made it a point to stop. The Vermillion Lions Club has a 51-year record of supporting the museum and its activities. Their efforts and support are greatly appreciated.

South Dakota Public Television has chosen the W. H. Over Museum as a preview site for their newest Ken Burns series: The War. The 30-minute screening will be held in Sletwold Hall at 7 p.m. on Sept. 12. The series will honor the generation who lived through the World War II years. Everyone is welcome to attend and share their memories.

The Friends of the W. H. Over Museum (a private, nonprofit, all-volunteer organization) is totally responsible for operating and financing the museum, its collections, and its activities and programs.

The FOM depends upon contributions, donations, membership dues, grants, interest, and investment dividends for its operating capital and volunteers to help conduct the museum's programs.

Help them continue Dr. William Henry Over's legacy of preserving South Dakota's natural and cultural heritage and passing it on to present and future generations. For more information contact the museum at 605-677-5228.

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