Going on right now, there are two concurrent exhibits of Then & Now photos. The photos in the exhibit pair a historical photo with a photo taken from the same vantage point within the last year.
At the Dacotah Prairie Museum, there is are 11 pairs of downtown Aberdeen photos. The exhibit contains some new photo pairings, such as the original Alexander Mitchell Library building, the Bel Aire Apartments (see picture above), the Sherman Hotel and the original Post Office building.
At the Beulah Williams Library at Northern State University, there are 10 sets of Northern photos, as well as a projector displaying numerous Then & Now photos from around Aberdeen. The Northern photos include the Central Building, which burned down in 1962, the Municipal Ballpark, Seymour Hall, and the construction of Lincoln Hall.
Within this blog, we’ve shown some Then & Now photos, and a few of them show up in the exhibits, but most of the comparison pictures are new. I recommend visiting both exhibits to appreciate some of the changes (or consistency) in Aberdeen over the years.
The exhibits are part of the Aberdeen Area History project, and is a partnership with Northern State University and the Dacotah Prairie Museum. The exhibits run through May 30th.