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World’s Only Corn Palace
Mitchell South Dakota Historic Site

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NameWorld’s Only Corn Palace
Address604 N. Main
Mitchell, SD 57301
Brief DescriptionWorld’s Only Corn Palace, a folk art icon
CategoryHistoric Site
DescriptionThe Corn Palace is decorated with several murals made out of 12 different colors of corn, each framed with native grasses, straw, milo, and sourdock. A local farmer grows all the corn for the Palace, a local artist designs the murals, and a team of approximately 20 workers change out the murals every year beginning in late-August and working into September (as crops become available). The Palace is never un-decorated, as the murals are not taken down until it is time to replace them in the late summer, when the work is a gradual process.

The honor of designing of the murals has been done by several artists including Oscar Howe, a Yanktonai Sioux Artist who taught school at Dakota Wesleyan University and was Artist Laureate of South Dakota; Cal Schultz, a local artist; and presently Cherie Ramsdell, a local college art teacher.

The re-designing process actually begins several months before the corn crops are ready in late-August. A Corn Palace Committee meets to decide on the theme, the artist then plans her designs for each mural, and the images are projected and drawn onto black roofing paper that replaces the previous year's murals as they are removed from the building. The designs are marked with a code as to where each different color of corn should go, and the decorating crew nails the appropriate colors of corn flat-side to the building. It's kind of like a giant corn-by-number project!

Free guided tours run every half hour from Memorial Day-Labor Day.
Phone 1(605) 996-6223
Handicapped AccessibleYes
Time Allowance30 min - 1 hr
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Last Updated4/3/2015
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