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Main Street Winter

Black and white photograph of 2nd Avenue block of Main Street Aberdeen, S.D. in winter. Includes piled up snow, horse-drawn sleds. Looking north at west side of street. Pre-1910. ...more

Northern Orchestra

Black and white photograph of Northern Orchestra on stage at the Krikac Administration Auditorium. ...more

Central High School

Colored postcard showing picture of the original Central High School. Printed by Searle Brothers Printing Co., Aberdeen, SD. ...more

Lu's Pizza

Black and white photograph of Lu's Pizza, in the former Commercial Hotel building, Aberdeen. Includes signs for the Bel-Aire Apartments, Necchi Sewing Center and Northwest Vac & Sew. ...more

Alexander Mitchell Library

Black and white photograph of the Alexander Mitchell Public Library. ...more


Aberdeen Area History

For decades, Aberdeen has served as the center of activity in Northeast South Dakota. It has been the hub of the regional railroad network, a jumping off point for homesteaders, and the core of regional education, fine arts and culture. This projects purpose is to highlight and preserve the rich history and contemporary stories of this area. This project would not be possible without the generous support of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

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A Living Legacy cover

The cover art for the DVD Aberdeen WWII Red Cross/USO Pheasant Canteen A Living Legacy. ...more

Pheasant Canteen Exhibit

Photograph of part of the WWII Red Cross/USO Pheasant Canteen exhibit at the Milwaulkee depot in Aberdeen, South Dakota. ...more

Pheasant Canteen Team

Pheasant Canteen Team with Governor Dennis Daugaard. L to R: Lila Schwalbe, Marilee Frankenburger, Patsy Weigel,… ...more