In today’s post I wanted to share a postcard that Dotty didn’t send nor did she write on. It leads me to believe that Dotty kept this with her throughout the course of her trip. I have been known to keep postcards as souvenirs, how about you?
Here’s the postcard, front and back.
The Corn Palace, located in Mitchell, South Dakota was first built in 1892, but by the time Dotty, Edie, and Ev saw it in 1929, it was already on its third building. That building, completed in 1921, still exists today, which makes it of particular interest to me as I want to document the preservation and changes in the built environment when I retrace the trip myself.
Although the building is the same, each year the Corn Palace is stripped of its agricultural decoration and new crops are put in place to create new murals and decorations. Yes, real crops! Each year the murals are designed by a local artist based on theme decided upon by the Corn Palace Festival Committee. The Corn Palace Festival is an August event, and has been happening almost yearly since 1892 (no festivals in 1894-1899 or 1901).*
I think that’s really quite neat, and you can be sure that the Corn Palace is on my road-trip-must-visit list, much like the Scranton Coal Mines are as extant destinations from the 1929 road trip.
Has anyone reading this ever been to the Corn Palace? What did you think of it?
If you follow me on Facebook, you may have seen my posts on the StoryPress Kickstarter campaign, which launched today. StoryPress is a wonderful app that lets you record oral histories and family stories via your iPad and share them via the internet (more app platforms including Droid coming soon). The campaign will help StoryPress launch a 2.0 Version of the app and will allow for the uploading of numerous photos for sharing as well. Soon, StoryPress will be helping me share the story of the 1929 road trip that this blog focuses on, so I want to share the link to their Kickstarter campaign. If you are not familiar with Kickstarter, it is an all-or-nothing crowdfunding website that allows people from all over to donate any amount of money to a worthy project.
*Information about the Corn Palace from the Corn Palace website.