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Special Feed Your Mind Program at 5:30pm

Join us at the Mead Cultural Education Center special program.  Ruth Page Jones will be here to talk about “Century Celebration: Women’s Suffrage in South Dakota 1868-1918” Program made possibly by the South Dakota Humanities Council, an affiliate of the Nation Endowment for the Humanities.

This program replaces the Friday, Oct. 4th noon program

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This month our monthly Feed Your Mind program will be held at 5:30pm on Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019. Ruth Page Jones will be here to present “A Century Celebration: Women’s Suffrage in South Dakota 1868-1918.”

Ruth Page Jones brings a lively and informational presentation that commemorates the century anniversary of woman suffrage in South Dakota. Her presentation highlights the key moments, key individuals, and key issues that helped women achieve their equal voting rights in the United States in 1920 and, more specifically, in South Dakota in 1918.

This program is made possible by the South Dakota Humanities Council, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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Noon Program will feature Carol Ryan talking about “Medicine in the Time of Lewis and Clark.”

Riverboat Days Fun At The Mead

There will be a lot happening Riverboat Days weekend at the Mead Cultural Education Center. We will also be offering FREE-WILL DONATION ADMISSION all weekend. Hours will 10am-6pm Saturday & Sunday. There will be a Vendor Fair Aug. 17 & 18 as a part of the Riverboat Days excitement. Come out and see the wonderful locally made items that will be for sale.

We will also be opening the YANKTON STATE HOSPITAL ARTWORK Exhibit. These beautiful pieces of art use to grace the walls of the Yankton State Hospital more than 40 years ago. This exhibit is make possible thanks to a partnership with the University of South Dakota.

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Monthly Noon Program held the Friday Friday of each month – Feed Your Mind is a great way to spend you lunch hour.

Only July 5th we welcome staff from the Missouri National Recreational River as they present “River of Change.” This film was released by the MNRR in 2018, and it is a great film to see.

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Join the fun at the Mead Cultural Education Center on Friday, June 7, for the Feed Your Mind noon program.

For June we welcome Dr. Rich Lofthus from Mount Marty College. He will be discussing his book “From Wentworth to the Western Front.” World War I is the background for this story that shows the changing of American life through the correspondences of Private John Warns and his family.

Feed Your Mind is our monthly, first Friday, program formerly known as our Brown Bag Luncheon. Visitors are welcome to bring their lunch if they like and enjoy the speaker. There is no charge to attend the program, but a free-will donation is appreciated.

Community programs, like this one, fulfill the Mead Cultural Education Center’s mission to preserve and protect the heritage and culture of Yankton’s history. This program is made possible by the South Dakota Humanities Council, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Blue Star Museum

Yankton, SD – Today, the Mead Cultural Education Center (MCEC) announces it will join museums nationwide in participating in the 10th summer of Blue Star Museums, a program which provides free admission to our nation’s active-duty military personnel and their families this summer. The 2019 program will begin on Saturday, May 18, 2019, Armed Forces Day, and ending on Monday, September 2, 2019, Labor Day. Military can find the list of participating museums at arts.gov/bluestarmuseums.


Blue Star Museums is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in collaboration with Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 2,000 museums nationwide. First Lady of the United States Melania Trump and Second Lady of the United States Karen Pence are honorary co-chairs of Blue Star Museums 2019.


“Yankton is a community with a rich military history. When we heard about this program, we didn’t hesitate to sign up,” said Heidi Henson, Marketing & Program Coordinator at the Mead Cultural Education Center. “We are proud and honored to be able to provide this program – it is just one small way we can say thank you to our active-duty personnel and their families.”


“The National Endowment for the Arts is proud to celebrate the tenth summer of collaborating with Blue Star Families, Department of Defense, and especially the more than 2,000 museums across our nation that make this program possible,” said Mary Anne Carter, acting chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts. “Organizations such as Mead Cultural Education Center are providing wonderful opportunities for military families to share a memorable experience together this summer.”


This year’s participating organizations include fine art, science, history, and children’s museums, as well as zoos, aquariums, gardens, and more. Museums are welcome to sign up for Blue Star Museums throughout the summer at arts.gov.


The free admission program is available for those currently serving in the United States Military—Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard as well as members of the Reserves, National Guard, U.S. Public Health Commissioned Corps, NOAA Commissioned Corps, and up to five family members. Qualified members must show a Geneva Convention common access card (CAC), DD Form 1173 ID card (dependent ID), or a DD Form 1173-1 ID card for entrance into a participating Blue Star Museum.

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Daniel Johnikin will be at the Mead Cultural Education Center  to discuss Black History. Daniel has done extensive research and has a wonderful presentation to present.


Journeying Forward: Connecting Cultures Dedication

Join the excitement April 28, 2019, for the dedication ceremony for the Journeying Forward: Connecting Cultures exhibit at the Mead Cultural Education Center.

The doors will open at noon, with a brief ceremony beginning at 12:15pm. There will be no admission  charge for this event but donations are welcome.  Thomas Jefferson scholar and interpreter, Clay Jenkinson, will give a presentation at 1:30 pm. Jenkinson’s presentation, in character, will focus on Jefferson’s vision for the Lewis and Clark expedition and the circumstances in the United States that led to the journey. Space is limited for the presentation by Jenkinson. You can reserve your seats (limit of 4) at no cost now by contacting Heidi Henson at programs@meadbuilding.org.

Throughout the afternoon, visitors can interact with other re-enactors, enjoy special presentations, and participate in hands-on experiences from Noon-1:30pm and 3-5pm.  The Mead Cultural Education Center will be featuring an authentic peace medal from the 1804-1806 expedition.  This peace medal will be on display only during this event.

Jenkinson is one of the most nationally recognized humanities scholars in the United States, and he has devoted much of his career to public humanities efforts. He has lectured about and portrayed Thomas Jefferson in 49 states for more than 20 years – including at Monticello and the White House for the 250th anniversary of Jefferson’s birth. He is currently working on a biography of Jefferson, and has authored “The Character of Meriwether Lewis – Explorer in the Wilderness,” “Becoming Jefferson’s People: Re-Inventing the American Republic in the Twenty-First Century,” and “Theodore Roosevelt in the Dakota Badlands.”

The Journeying Forward: Connecting Cultures exhibit is one of the most extensive exhibits depicting the journey of Lewis & Clark’s Corps of Discovery from beginning to end. It takes a look at what life was like along the trail, as well as the American Indian tribes they encountered.  Thanks to a grant from the Lewis & Clark Heritage Trail Foundation, the Journey Forward: Connecting Cultures exhibit has added numerous objects to the exhibit to enhance the experience for learners of all ages.  Some American Indian items have also been added with special thanks from a donation from the Larry Ness American Indian Collection of Yankton.

The MCEC is located at 82 Mickelson Drive, north of Wal-Mart on the historic South Dakota Human Services Center campus and Highway 50.

Great Plains Writers’ Tour Creativity Symposium at Mount Marty on March 6

Mount Marty College (MMC) in Yankton, South Dakota is excited to announce the line-up for The Great Plains Writer’s Tour Creativity Symposium which is scheduled for March 6, 2019, in Marian Auditorium on the College’s Yankton campus. The symposium will feature a poet, a novelist, the editor-in-chief of both The New York Quarterly and NYQ Books and Yankton’s own Bernie Hunhoff who is the editor-at-large of South Dakota Magazine.

Dante Di Stefano is the author of two poetry collections: Love Is a Stone Endlessly in Flight (Brighthorse Books, 2016) and Ill Angels (Etruscan Press, 2019). His poetry, essays, and reviews have appeared in American Life in Poetry, Best American Poetry 2018, Prairie Schooner, The Sewanee Review, The Writer’s Chronicle, and elsewhere. He has won the Manchester Poetry Prize, the Red Hen Press Poetry Award, the Thayer Fellowship in the Arts, the Ruth Stone Poetry Prize, and the Allen Ginsberg Poetry Award, as well as prizes from The Academy of American Poets, The Crab Orchard Review, The Madison Review, and Stone Canoe. Along with María Isabel Alvarez, he co-edited the anthology Misrepresented People: Poetic Responses to Trump’s America (NYQ Books, 2018). He is the poetry editor for the DIALOGIST and serves as a reviewer for the Bellevue Literary Review. He holds a Ph.D. in English Literature from Binghamton University. He teaches high school English in Endicott, NY and resides in Endwell, NY, with his wife, Christina, their daughter, Luciana, and their dog, Sunny.

Kent Meyers has written a memoir, a book of short fiction, and three novels, two of which have been listed as New York Times Notable Books. His work has won numerous awards, including a Society of Midland Authors award and a High Plains Book award. Meyers has published fiction and essays in various literary journals and magazines, including Harper’s and several times in The Georgia Review. He lives in Spearfish, South Dakota and teaches in Pacific Lutheran University’s low-residency MFA program, the Rainier Writing Workshop.

Raymond P. Hammond is the editor-in-chief of both The New York Quarterly and NYQ Books. He also works as an adjunct instructor at Keystone College and editor of the Keystone College Press. He holds an MA in English Literature from New York University and is the author of Poetic Amusement, a book of literary criticism. He lives near Scranton, PA with his wife, the poet Amanda J. Bradley, and their dog Hank.

Bernie Hunhoff is the editor-at-large of South Dakota Magazine, a publication he founded in 1985 after working as a journalist for dailies in Watertown and Madison. The magazine is now published by his daughter Katie. He has also authored several books on South Dakota. Along with journalism, he has been active in agriculture, economic development, conservation, history and historic preservation, and politics. He represented South Dakota in the state legislature for 14 years. He frequently speaks on South Dakota’s history and culture, and the virtues of life in the prairie state. He and his wife, Myrna, have two children and six grandchildren.  They live along the Missouri River in Yankton.

The event’s schedule is as follows:

10:00 -10:45 a.m.
Dante Di Stefano: “Self-Portraiture in Contemporary American Poetry”

12:00 – 12:50 p.m.
Kent Meyers: “Some Creative Enigmas, or Why Writer’s Block is Your Friend”

1:00 –  1:50 p.m.
Raymond Hammond: “Intuition, Trusting Yourself in Writing”

2:00 – 2:50 p.m.
Bernie Hunhoff: “Finding Creativity in Unlikely Places—in our magazine travels, in politics, and on the farm.”

7:00 – 8:15 p.m.
A Panel Discussing on Creativity with Dante Di Stefano, Kent Meyers, Raymond Hammond, and Bernie Hunhoff

This one-day event is free and open to the public. For more information about the Great Plains Writers’ Tour visit www.mtmc.edu/academics/arts/creative-writing/great-plains-writers-tour/.

For more information about Mount Marty College’s majors and programs visit www.mtmc.edu.