Welcome to the Lake County Museum
The Lake County Historical Society was established in 1952. The museum is presently located on the campus of Dakota State University in Madison, SD. The City of Madison is located between two glacial lakes. Nearby Lake Herman State Park and Walker’s Point State Park provide outdoor activities and year-round pursuits for residents and tourists alike.
Boyd Family Wagon Project
“Go West, young man, go West and grow up in the country” In 1865, newspaperman Horace Greely famously called on the young men of America to “Go West” and go west they did – in droves. Many traveled in covered wagons, including the Boyd family, who chose Lake County as their final destination. The wagon pictured has been in the Lake County Historical Society’s collection for many years.
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WWII Navy Veteran Leonard Bettmeng
How to Contact Us:
Starting June 1, 2021
10:00 – 2:00
Monday – Friday
Saturday and Sunday by appointment
Call 256-5308 the previous Friday by noon
During the summer months parking is not monitored on campus.
We will be closed Monday, September 5th in observance of Labor Day.
We are located at:
Lake County Museum
221 NE 8th St.
Madison SD 57042
The Lake County Historical Society, along with the Lake County Museum, enriches lives through education and preservation. We are dedicated to linking the past to the future by collecting, documenting, preserving, securing, researching, exhibiting and interpreting objects of cultural developmental and historical value to the Lake County area from the mid-1800s to the present.