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Gallery J-L – "Brown County on the Gridiron"

"Brown County on the Gridiron"

The Dacotah Prairie Museum in Aberdeen announces the grand opening of their new exhibit: “Brown County on the Gridiron” in a new premier space recently created just for it. The newly designed gallery is a public space combining three small galleries into single display area.


This is the first time that the Museum has presented a large scale exhibit on the subject of local football. Through outstanding community involvement, many area high schools and both colleges have been represented with artifacts, photographs and records of significance pertaining to the individual school’s football programs.

Pennants from every high school to ever play football in Brown County are displayed, recessed window stocked with jerseys, balls, helmets, jackets, pictures, shoulder pads, kicking shoes and much more pack the room with the colors and thrills of the game.

History of the game itself as well as local chronicles of games are highlighted and are sure to bring to mind memories of the excitement of individual teams, games and “football towns” of the area.

One window is completely devoted to five of the most recent NFL players to hail from Brown County and their stories. Huge photographs on the wall depict early teams photos and recent action scenes. A large diorama illustrates the most recent Northern State University Gypsy Day Game. A desk and microphone are provided as well as actual script from the radio commentary during that game so that the visitor can announce the play-by-play. For the youngest football fans - books to learn about football rules and players have been provided along with official referee shirts to wear as they assume the official’s role and make the call. A tackling form, a vertical jump gauge, and a floor ladder for practicing “fancy footwork” allow the kids to test their football skills.

Football exhibit montage

Come and enjoy all the thrills and excitement of the football season all year round at the Dacotah Prairie Museum’s “Brown County on the Gridiron”! The Dacotah Prairie is at: 21 South Main Street and hours are: Tuesday-Friday 9-5 and Saturday-Sunday 1-4.The Museum is always free and everyone is welcome.