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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

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

Central High School

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

Alexander Mitchell Library

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

Northern Orchestra

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

George Nikolas Aberdeen Oral History

Excerpt from an oral history interview of George Nikolas. The changes in Aberdeen are discussed by George Nikolas,… ...more

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