During the Springfield Museum’s annual open house Saturday, June 4, visitors will see area history and gain a glimpse of the potential future of the nearby Lewis and Clark Lake.

The Springfield Historical Society Museum invites the public to view the exhibits and pick up some delicious baked goods at its annual open house beginning at 9 am and running until 2 pm, June 4 at the museum located at 709 8th Street across from the lumberyard.

In June, an exhibit from the Missouri Sedimentation Action Coalition features information about the future of Lewis and Clark Lake.

“The book is still being written about sedimentation at Lewis and Clark Lake. More attention is being focused on ways to encourage the sustainability of the nation’s reservoirs including that behind Gavins Point Dam and the Fort Randall Dam. The idea is not to return the lake to 1960, but to slow down the pace of filling the lake with sediment and find ways to sustain the reservoir and its benefits for the future,” said Sandy Stockholm, MSAC director.

The month-long informational display features artwork along with other illustrations of the past, present and potential future of Lewis and Clark Lake if there are no changes. MSAC requested that the Missouri River Institute at the University of South Dakota produce a series of visual products showing the impacts of historical and anticipated future sediment accumulation in the delta near Springfield. At the current pace, Lewis and Clark Lake will be half full of sediment by the year 2045. Already, it is an estimated 30 percent full of sediment.

As part of the illustration project completed in 2013, then MFA candidate Nicole Geary painted eight illustrations of sediment accumulation progression in four stages from 2013 to 2113. These illustrations were composed from two vantage points: Charley Creek in South Dakota and Miller Creek in Nebraska. An artist with interests in geology and observing the earth’s processes in action, Geary brings a unique perspective to telling the story about sedimentation in the Missouri River reservoirs.

Other products included in the MRI study were the result of research that analyzed delta-related data provided by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and other sources, as well as data collected during field visits to the delta and surrounding area. The research was made possible by a 319 Watershed Information and Education grant awarded to MSAC.

Visitors are encouraged to enter a drawing for a South Dakota Park Permit sticker. Winner will be drawn Saturday. MSAC wants the public to enjoy South Dakota’s great outdoors including the Missouri River.

The Springfield Museum features a variety of exhibits, books and resources such as photographs, microfilm, and newspapers. Vintage agricultural machinery, tools, clothing, dolls, military items and more await visitors. See items from the college days, an old-time dentist office, general store, and home parlor. Watch a short movie about the history of Springfield.

The June 4 bake sale, other donations, and aluminum cans are some of the primary fundraising projects that assist in meeting the annual expenses at the museum. Not only with your help June 4th work to keep Springfield history alive, it can also satisfy your sweet tooth. Aluminum cans, which the museum recycles, are also welcome during the open house and throughout the year.

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