With the turning of the page to a new year, the arrival of 2021 brings new hope and excitement.

That enthusiasm includes marking an important milestone in Mitchell history.

2021 is the 100-year anniversary of the Corn Palace in its current location at 604 N. Main St.

Mitchell, of course, has been home to a Palace since 1892, but the first structures were built from wood and were fire hazards, so the city moved to build a brick and cement building that was completed in 1921. And a century later, the landmark and Mitchell are synonymous with each other.

Over the course of the next year, the Mitchell Republic is planning a number of stories and special features to commemorate the building’s 100-year birthday. Given how tightly intertwined the Palace is to our community, we’re excited to take a dive into the history of our current building and its past 100 years.

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We have some ideas as to how we will present these stories to you, but if you have ideas or suggestions, feel free to email me. And if you have stories or photos you’d like to share with us about your favorite memories and experiences at the Corn Palace, we’d welcome those too.

Traxler is the newspaper’s Assistant Editor. He can be reached at mtraxler@mitchellrepublic.com.