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The Day the Music Went Quiet in Siouxland, National Music Museum, Vermillion, SD

10 Oct

I found out recently that the National Music Museum located on the campus of the University of South Dakota, Vermillion, SD will be closing for two years for an expansion project of the museum that will add 16,000 square feet of additional space, which includes two floors and an underground level.

The National Music Museum ot the campus of the University of South Dakota, will be closing for a couple of years for expansion and renovation, seen at Vermillion, SD Tuesday, Oct. 2 2018. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)


From reading a press release and a current newsletter I found out that the 1910 former Carnegie Library expansion will include extra display area and a new performing space. The museum currently houses 15,000 instruments plus other material associated with them. It will be expanding its restoration area and be adding a dedicated research area.

I have visited the museum a few times taking advantage of free lunch time concerts that are presented there. A real treat to hear accomplished musicians perform their stuff. I especially like the Christmas concerts which gets a person into the mood for the season.



I will be sad not to hear a Christmas concert this year or next in the museum’s current performance space. It is small and intimate like a group of friends arriving at someone’s parlor to hear a performance. Performances will continue though at other venues on campus with a scheduled Christmas performance on the books. The expansion will benefit the museum though, and its continued service to the world of music and make a living art a little easier to ensure its future and enjoyment of music lovers.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

The Cats in Siouxland

21 Jun

An ongoing summer theatrical venue is located at Morningside College in Sioux City, at the Betty Ling Tsang  outdoor performance stage on the school’s campus. Music and theatre can be heard there during the summer as performances involving professionals, students and talented town folk are involved in the productions. This weekend a short rendition of the popular “Cats” production was performed, and it was very entertaining. Of course the actors and actresses, if such gender distinctions are still  recognized could take a lesson from Clyde, a visiting neighborhood cat that likes to hang out once in a while. Stretching, yawning and still not falling off his comfy perch puts all the smooth moves I saw this weekend at a different level of performance. But it was a nice performance and break from a summer routine, basically in one’s backyard.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

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