Rotating Historical Exhibits at CWS

During a three-day occupation of Augustana's Bergsaker Hall in August of 1970, Native American protestors christened the building Iyu Wepi Lodge. 

The Center has several display cases throughout the galleries that exhibit materials on a variety of changing themes. The current exhibits are:

The 1970 Occupation of Bergsaker Hall

Conferences are a regular occurrence on the Augustana University campus, but one held in the summer of 1970 had quite a surprise ending. At the conclusion of the weekend event exploring the Lutheran Church’s relationship with Native American peoples, several dozen Native American attendees locked themselves in Bergsaker Hall, the dormitory where they had been staying. For three days, they demanded action on several challenges, but negotiations brought the occupation to a peaceful conclusion. This exhibit by CWS intern Margaret Dow explores the events, historical context, key players, and motives behind Augustana’s personal experience of the Red Power movement. 

"Christians get AIDS—Augie students aren't exceptions": Augustana's Response to the AIDS Crisis

HIV and AIDS first caught the public’s attention in 1981. By the end of that year, 270 gay men had been diagnosed with a mysterious illness, and 121 of them had died. The disease continued to spread rapidly throughout the next 15 years, becoming the leading cause of death for Americans aged 25-44 in 1993. Though still considered a global pandemic, much is known today about how HIV is transmitted. Research has led to education programs that have reduced the rate of transmission and treatments that slow the progression of the infection. This was not the case in the 1980s and 1990s, when fear, misinformation, and a lack of education caused great public concern, including on college campuses. Using archived issues of the student newspaper, this exhibit by CWS intern Mason Breitling examines Augustana’s early response to the AIDS crisis.

Genetic Counseling in South Dakota

Developed in conjunction with the recent Dakota Conference on "Health Care and Health Policy," this exhibit by CWS intern Austin Kroeger educates visitors about the emerging field of genetic counseling, including the opportunities available through the new Augustana-Sanford Genetic Counseling Graduate Program.

Carnegie Libraries in South Dakota

Steel tycoon Andrew Carnegie is well-known for his legacy of establishing libraries across the world. In accordance with his philosophy of assisting the “deserving poor,” Carnegie funded the construction of 2,500 new libraries in English-speaking countries, 25 of which were in South Dakota. CWS intern Madelyn Braun has created an exhibit detailing these libraries and showcasing information surrounding their creation, architecture, and legacy. Although many standing “Carnegies” are now utilized for different purposes, the libraries were vital for communities all across the state and reflected Carnegie’s belief in the importance of education.

There are exhibits on permanent themes in addition to those listed above.