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Granary Rural Cultural Center


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The grounds are lush and beautiful with the recent rain. However, it makes our county roads a bit of a challenge!

SAT. SEPT. 28, 11AM – 5PM
(driving directions at

Join us for a full day of historical demonstrations & re-enacting (fur trading, birch bark canoe, fort life, fiber arts, bee ecology, artist in residence & more), food vendor, kid’s spelling bee, pioneer home life, one room school, historical museum exhibits, pumpkin decorating, kid’s activities, gift shop, old fashioned entertainment, music by folk singer Eliza Blue & fiddler John Graves, historical re-enactment by John Timm as Governor Mellette, South Dakota's 1st governor (Mr. Timm is sponsored by the South Dakota Humanities Council). Opening & closing ceremonies! Dacotah Territory Muzzleloaders to perform & much more! 

An Event for All Ages! Lots to See & Do! Free Admission!

Trolley shuttle service will be available again for this year's event.

Beginning at 10:20am at the Museum on Market St. side, two trolleys will rotate every half hour as passenger traffic warrants. First two trolleys will leave at 10:20am and 10:35am.
Leaving the Museum at
11:30am, 11:45am, 12:40am, 12:55pm, 1:50pm, 2:05pm, 3pm, 4:10pm
Return trips from the Granary will be at 11:00am, 11:30am, 12:10pm, 12:40pm, 1:20pm, 1:50pm, 2:30pm, 3:40pm, 5:10pm


Last day open will be Sept. 29, 2019.

Click here to see more about the 2018 Living History Fall Festival!


Saturday AND Sunday- 12-5pm

 WINNERS of the 2019 All Dakota High School Fine Arts Exhibition click here.

Patricia Kendall - Director

  • Physical Address:
    Granary Rural Cultural Center
    40161 128th St
    Groton, SD 57445
    ~Phone: (605) 626-7117, cell (605) 715-7117
  • Mailing Address:
    Dacotah Prairie Museum
    21 S Main St
    Aberdeen, SD 57401
    ~Phone: (605) 626-7117
  • Click for Driving Directions

Native Prairie flowers found at the Granary...

Black Eyed SusanNative Prairie Flower, The Black Eyed Susan            Cone FlowerNative Prairie Flower, The Cone Flower


(Campus & Sculpture Walk open April 14 - Oct. 15 annually.)
(Art Galleries open starting June 8th through Sept. 29, 2019.)


All Dakota High School Art Exhibition April 25 & 26
All Dakota High School Art Show/Reception April 27 & 28, 1-4pm
Art Camp (Ages 8-13)

June 10, 11, 12, 13
June 24, 25, 26, 27

Storybook Land Theatre Performance @ the Granary August 7, 10am
Ice Cream Social & Family Music Fest July 21
Living History Fall Festival
Sept. 28

Putney Hall:
A combined "Quilt Guild Show" featuring quilted artwork from area guilds.
Showing all season, June – September


Granary Art Gallery:
"Create! On the Prairie" group art show
Showing all season, June – September


The Granary Rural Cultural Center is a unique gathering place for people to celebrate the culture and art of the Northern Plains.  The 2.3 acre campus is located in rural Brown  County, South Dakota, in the heart of the fertile James River Valley, one of the greatest grain producing regions in the US. 

The park-like campus includes the Granary Memorial Gallery, a 1928 wooden granary converted into five art exhibition rooms; Putney Hall, a restored 1912 town hall moved to the campus in 1996; a gazebo with seating for 40 and an outdoor barbeque pit.

tourThe Granary’s “Walk with Dakota” interpretive landscape and sculpture garden tells the story of the region’s Native American people and the coming of the white settlers searching for a brighter future as they claimed thousands of acres of free land in Dakota Territory.  The purpose of the Walk is to examine the relationship between humans the Dakota environment through art, landforms, and natural vegetation.

Click here to view the Granary Campus Self-Guided Tour brochure

John Sieh, Granary founder, once said about his vision for the cultural center “We want to celebrate the land and the animals and the people who live here through the arts.  We think the fact that it’s rural—and very rural—is what makes it unique.” 

Mr. Sieh and his family donated the Granary to the people of Brown County in the spring of 2012.  The Dacotah Prairie Museum, a longtime program partner of the Granary, has accepted responsibility for maintaining the Granary, its campus, its programs, and its purpose for the benefit of the public.

The Granary Logo

The Granary Logo was designed by artists at Northern State University in Aberdeen, SD, and is a visual tribute to the land, agriculture, wildlife, water, sky and the native people of the Northern Plains.

A metal image of this logo was created and attached to a grain bin adjacent to the gazebo and Granary Memorial Gallery.