Through Sept. 7: "Dakota Territory Plains and Mountains" Art Exhibit

Event Details

Date: June 13 - September 6, 2013

Location: Center for Western Studies

Ticket Info: Free and open to the public.

The Center for Western Studies (CWS) is excited to present "Dakota Territory Plains and Mountains: Images from the Robert Kolbe Collection." This remarkable gallery exhibit, on display through Saturday, Sept. 7, celebrates our heritage through a series of historic photographs from the private collection of Robert Kolbe.

The exhibit features more than 20 historical photographs of the Dakota territory from the 1866-1889 time period.

According to the CWS Education Assistant Kristi Thomas, all images featured were carefully selected by CWS staff from Robert Kolbe's collection of historical photographs.

"We selected the photos that represent what life was like in the Dakota Territory," Thomas said of the process of selecting the images. "Some older photos will start to fade, and we have to consider how they will show up in larger format."

It took CWS staff more than two months to narrow down to the 20-plus images featured in this exhibit. Some are blown up as large as six feet wide.

"What sets this exhibit apart from others is that we are able to show historic moments in art form," Thomas said. She also adds that the bigger dimensions of these photos allows the audience to see great details.

Beside the images from Kolbe's collection, CWS also displays some historical artifacts from early American photography.

Learn more about the exhibit. Listen to Kolbe discuss his collection on SDPB's Dakota Midday.

About the Collector:

Former Minnehaha County Commissioner Robert Kolbe is known as the one to call if your antique clock needs repair or if you find an old bottle in your backyard. He is also an expert on early photography in Dakota Territory, co-author of "They Captured the Moment: Dakota Photographers, 1853-1920," editor of "Minnehaha County Historical & Biographical Sketches," and an appraiser of historical books, documents, and photos.

Kolbe is the immediate-past President of the Minnehaha County Historical Society and the mayoral appointee to the Siouxland Heritage Museums Board for 2013. He has been a member of the South Dakota State Historical Society Board of Trustees since 2004. A popular and long-time presenter at the CWS Dakota Conference, West River History Conference, and the State Historical Society History Conference, Kolbe has earned several recognitions, including the Distinguished Contribution Award for Preservation, given by the CWS Board of Directors, and the Zoom Zoom Award, given by the organizers of the West River History Conference. He has also made generous donations of historical items to such repositories as the Center for Western Studies, Siouxland Heritage Museums, and the State Historical Society.

Kolbe has made generous donations of historical items to such repositories as the Center for Western Studies, SIouxland Heritage Museums, and the State Historical Society. He is curretnly conducting research for a new book on stereographic views of the Black Hills Gold Rush, 1875 - 1879, and planning a second edition of They Captured the Moment.

Center for Western Studies
Phone: 605.274.4007