The articles were constructed by Marvin Walz, a long-time Vermillion resident and will be on display during January. The design, detail, and workmanship of the handmade articles is superior.
The Friends of the W. H. Over Museum established the lobby and north gallery guest collection exhibits to encourage area residents to display their various collections on a short-term loan basis in an effort provide museum visitors with access to historical and cultural artifacts and items which are not a part of the museum's collections; but, which are an integral part of our past and heritage.
Individual and/or groups interested in displaying collections in either the Lobby or North Gallery Guest Collection Exhibits should contact the museum at 605-677-5228 to make their wishes known so the Exhibits Committee can process their request and schedule display of approved collections.
The Friends of the W.H. Over Museum, a 501 (c)(3) charitable organization, was established in 1965 to provide financial and volunteer support for museum exhibits and activities when the state of South Dakota placed the museums at its state colleges and universities under the control and operation of the State Cultural Affairs Department in Pierre.
In the mid-1980s, the current museum building was built with funds from grants and donations acquired through and for the museum, largely through the efforts of the Friends of the W. H. Over Museum. During the 1996-97 fiscal year, the state of South Dakota stopped funding those museums (including the W. H. Over Museum) from its general fund.
Today, the Friends organization is totally responsible for operating, maintaining, and financing the museum, its collections, and its activities and programs. Thus, the Friends of the W. H. Over continue to promote and support Dr. William Henry Over's legacy of preserving South Dakota's natural and cultural heritage and passing it on to present and future generations.