Battleship South Dakota Memorial Seeks $500,000 For Upgrade
The USS South Dakota Battleship Memorial, Sioux Falls, SD is kicking off the final phase of an over five-year improvement plan for upgrading the Memorial.
A national campaign to raise $500,000.00 to re-curate the exhibits is underway.
The Memorial intends to transition from a static display museum to one that tells the story of the men and the USS South Dakota in World War II.
This is critical because of the goals to not only memorialize the crew and the ship but also educate younger generations who need to learn the historic accomplishments of “Battleship X”.
The Board has retained Splitrock Designs of St. Paul, MN to develop the storytelling plan for USS South Dakota using its vast collection of memorabilia. The initial content can be found on the Memorial’s website/virtual tour at www.usssouthdakota.com.
Split Rock's similar museum projects include re-curating the Ford Theatre in Washington, D.C., Sullivan Brothers Veterans' Memorial in Waterloo, Iowa, the Children's Museum in Brookings, South Dakota, the Richard Bong World War II Museum in Superior, Wisconsin, and many more.
The Battleship South Dakota Memorial has been upgrading in phases for over five years:
- An interactive website with a virtual tour narrated by Tom Brokaw now attracts nearly 10,000 visitors a month from every state and many foreign countries.
- The west addition was added, thanks to a gift from the estate of shipmate Maurice Bothwell.
- The entire exterior was stripped, repaired, epoxied, and repainted.
- Photos, letters, clippings and other memorabilia have been digitized for preservation.
- Hours of operation have been extended from the beginning of May through the end of September to accommodate student groups, seniors' bus tours, and tourists.
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Now, the final plan to bring the museum to an award-winning attraction is to re curate the interior to tell the story of the most famous battleship of World War II and its valiant crew.
When will it be done?
When the funds are raised to complete the last major project for the remembrance of "Old Nameless" and its fighting men.
Contributions may be sent to: USS South Dakota Battleship Memorial at the address below:
Pledges are also welcome to time your contributions for tax purposes.
Additional contact information:
Diane Diekman, President
Battleship USS South Dakota Memorial
P.O. Box 1591
Sioux Falls, SD 57101