Yankton County Historical Society

aka Dakota Territorial Museum/Mead Cultural Education Center   |   Yankton, SD   |  www.meadbuilding.org

Mission

The Yankton County Historical Society provides an authentic historical experience of the Yankton area from pre-Dakota Territory to modern day.

Ruling year info

1979

Director

Ms. Crystal Nelson

Main address

82 Mickelson Drive

Yankton, SD 57078 USA

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EIN

46-6012522

NTEE code info

Museum & Museum Activities (A50)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Only real problem is getting people in the door once again. Even though we re-opened in Dec 2018 people are still learning where we are. As with any non-profit money is a real concern. We have hired a part-time Resource Development/Fundraising Coordinator to help us with this.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Dakota Territorial Museum

The Dakota Territorial Museum strives to preserve, protect and educate the public through our exhibits and programs. In December 2018 we opened a children's museum that focuses on the different modes of transportation people used to get to the Dakota Territory.

Population(s) Served

This is our monthly speaker program, hosted on the first Friday of the month. Historical topics relating to the Yankton area, on occasion we tie it to a new exhibit that has opened, book readings and signings from South Dakota authors as well.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Adults

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

In December 2018 the Yankton County Historical Society opened the doors of the Mead Cultural Education Center - the new home of the Dakota Territorial Museum. We began in 2012, and we still have a lot of work to d before we are completely done. This building was built in 1909 as part of the Dakota Hospital for the Insane.
Our goal is not only preserve and protect the items already entrusted to our care, but also preserve and protect in this historic old building. By saving one we save the other.
One of our goals to to open people's minds and eyes to the rich history that is in this area. Many are still learning we are out here, which is amazing because the museum has actually been in existence in 1936 when the local chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution opened Yankton's First Museum.
We are simultaneously re-cataloging the entire Museum collection using modern preservation methods and database systems.

We work with staff and volunteers to fundraise, catalog, renovate, and design the Mead Building.
We are open 6 days a week

Really is comes downs to the continued hard work and dedication of our small staff, and our wonderful volunteers.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Yankton County Historical Society

Board of directors
as of 5/10/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Carol Ryan


Board co-chair

Kathy Harens

Gwen Gevens

Gloria Becker

Kasi Haberman

Kathy Harens

Ryan Cwach

Kyle Anderson

Catherine Crandall

Matt Hanson

Ted Powell

Sharon Kreitzinger

Chris Marlow

Nathan Johnson

City Rep

Gary Swensen

County Rep

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No