A plethora of rare and unique military memorabilia and historical items are currently on display at the Jerauld County Pioneer Museum located on Main Street in Wessington Springs.
The items, all with local ties, range from the American Civil War era through World War I and World War II. Items include a German soldier cap and helmet, a 1944 collection of Yank, The Army Weekly magazines, originally subscribed to by Hazel Swanson Doughty, plus scrapbooks, newspaper clippings and photographs from a wide variety of donors.
“Last year we did wedding gowns as our special exhibit,” said Jean Ferguson, Dunham Historical Society board member. “This year we decided to do a military tribute exhibit. Once we started unpacking trunks for the exhibit we were amazed at all of the things we had never seen.”
Photographs from World War I, in excellent condition, with typed descriptions on the back are a highlight of the rarely-seen museum collection.
A Gray Lady uniform and apron greet museum patrons at the door as a reminder of the service provided by American Red Cross volunteers who worked in American hospitals, other health-care facilities, and private homes during World War II.
Summer museum hours are Tuesdays from 9:30-11:30 a.m., Fridays from 1-3 p.m. and Saturdays from 1:30-3:30 p.m.