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Pickstown dedication event for new museum features Tom Brokaw

PICKSTOWN — A dedication ceremony for the new Pickstown museum will start at 2 p.m. on June 13 at the Pickstown Community Center’s Rainbow Room.

Keynote speaker will be Tom Brokaw, an eight-year Pickstown resident during the late ’40s and early ’50s. Other scheduled speakers include Lt. Gov. Matt Michels and Col. Joel Cross, commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Omaha district.

Also, attending along with several other special guests will be Charles Pick, grandson, and Francis Pick Dillard, daughter-in-law of Gen. Lewis Pick. Pickstown was named after three-star Gen, Lewis Pick, who was the key architect of the Pick/Sloan Plan and the six Missouri River dams.

The museum is located in the Community Center building in a large room adjacent to the Rainbow Room and is part of one of the few remaining original buildings.

Gov. Dennis Daugaard has designated Pickstown as an official Statehood Celebration Community and the town has designated the museum dedication and related activities as a 125-year Statehood Anniversary Event.

As part of the activities, the corps of engineers will be providing dam tours on an hourly basis on June 13 and 14. This year marks the 60th anniversary of the startup of the fi rst generator by a telephone signal from President Eisenhower.

Other activities for that weekend include a park dedication ceremony for the town’s new playground equipment and a reunion for former and current Pickstown residents.

— Source: Pickstown and Fort Randall Museum Foundation