By Executive Proclamation, South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard has proclaimed Friday, May 13, as Dr. Andr P. Larson Day in the state of South Dakota.
Larson, the founding director of the National Music Museum at The University of South Dakota in Vermillion, retired in February after 38 years of distinguished service. He will be recognized on Friday by the museums Board of Trustees and members of The University of South Dakota Foundation at a dinner to be held in his honor.
According to the governors proclamation, Larson has dedicated himself and his life to music, history, and the collection and study of rare musical instruments. With connoisseurship and indefatigable perseverance, he oversaw the development of the collections of the National Music Museum, which now include many of the earliest, best preserved, and historically most important instruments known to survive, and are the most inclusive in the world.
Larsons lifetime achievements have been recognized by induction into the South Dakota Hall of Fame and by the highest honor his peers can bestow, the Curt Sachs Award of the American Musical Instrument Society.
Mayor John E. (Jack) Powell has similarly declared May 13 as Andr P. Larson Day in the city of Vermillion.