Buechel Memorial Museum News
As you know, spring has arrived – a beautiful season. After the long months of bitter cold and wet snow, we shed our winter coats to enjoy the warm breeze of May. Thunder Beings arriving and bringing rain to Mother Earth. Spring is a time when we give thanks to them for bringing the rain, causing the buds to bloom, grass to grow green, and best of all, to appreciate the sweet aroma of the wild plum bushes as their white petals bloom.
In the Lakota language, May is called “Canwapto Wi,” which means “Moon when leaves are green.” May is also a time when we open our doors to the public (locals and visitors from all over) to come to visit the beautiful Buechel Memorial Lakota Museum. The Museum opens officially on May 26th for the 2014 spring and summer season. Our regular hours are:
- Monday thru Friday, 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
- Saturday: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
- Sunday: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
- Holidays: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
We are expecting to see our friends young and old to re-kindle warm friendships.
We have a wonderful lady who has come back this year again to assist in providing tours at the museum and also two churches, one which is a church museum, the Holy Family Church and of course, the beautiful St. Charles Borromeo Church. She has a beautiful way of welcoming our guests. We hope you get a chance to meet and learn from her!
Some of the display features this year are sabers (Calvary style), bayonets, and gun powder bags made of cattle horn, old pistols. We also have a a mid-size tipi model (canvas material), children games, hand-made dolls, beautiful beaded moccasins and the winter count gallery. A winter count is a drawing of symbols, like a modern calendar, but only records a significant event that happens from one winter to the next winter.
We also have a gift shop, which features authentic arts & crafts, made by local artisans, and the Lakota / English dictionary by Fr. Eugene Buechel, he lived among the Lakota in the early 1900’s where all his sources came from the locals.
We hope to see many locals this summer, and if you are making a trip to South Dakota, that you plan on visiting us at the Buechel Memorial Museum.
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