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56th Annual Christmas Festival

Sunday, December 3, 2023 | 1pm-4:30pm

Once again, we are preparing for the end of the year festivities. We are planning to have lots of beautiful trees, cloggers, and the Friends’ hospitality table and bake sale will be ready for your enjoyment. We will also have the player piano playing during the afternoon. 4-H members will be in Sletwold Hall helping our young visitors create some lovely remembrances for the season including cookie decorating.

The Vermillion Children’s Choir will perform and the Clay County Historic Preservation Commission will have a table full of beautiful cards and bookmarks as well as some books for you to consider as unique gifts for those on your list. We’ll have a local author or two and Mr. and Mrs. Santa will be present all afternoon to hand out treats and listen to wishes. Check out our list of local vendors.


Veterans Display

On Display Sunday, November 12th – Tuesday November 30th, 2023

In honor of Veterans Day, the W. H. Over Museum invites you to join us for coffee and donuts on Sunday, November 12th from 10am-4pm for the opening of our Veterans exhibit. The Museum will proudly display: a series of photographs of early aircraft; a retrospective of Smithsonian prints and aviation memorabilia; uniforms and stories from local heroes; a flag from the U.S.S. South Dakota and a model of the battleship.

The display is in Sletwold Hall from November 12th to the 30th; curated by Dr. Lynn Muller.

Annual Pumpkin Carving

Sunday, October 29, 2023

Join the W. H. Over Museum for our Annual Pumpkin Carving event! We will provide pumpkins for you to carve as well as serve light refreshments for participants. Celebrate the spooky season with your local museum for free!

More information TBA. Stay tuned.

National Fossil Day

Wednesday, October 11, 2023

Celebrate the 14th Anniversary of National Fossil Day!  “Join paleontologists, educators, and students in fossil-related events and activities across the country in parks, classrooms, and online during National Fossil Day.  National Fossil Day is an annual celebration held to highlight the scientific and educational value of paleontology and the importance of preserving fossils for future generations.” Learn more about National Fossil Day on the National Park Service website

W. H. Over Museum at Ribs, Rods, Rock N’ Roll

Friday September 8th | 5-8PM, Family Fun Area
Saturday September 9th, 2023 | 5-8PM, Family Fun Area

Button spinners and buzzers, are the oldest known whirligigs. Button spinners are simple spinning toys whereby two looped ends of twisting thread are pulled with both arms, causing the button to spin. Booth visitors will be able to design their own spinner to keep. 

W. H. Over Museum’s Annual Rhubarb Day Celebration

Sunday, June 4, 2023 | 2PMW.H. Over Museum

Bring your favorite rhubarb creation for tasting — we will gather to taste and choose the best recipes, with prizes awarded for the best recipe. Rhubarb Jam will be available.

Attendees will have an opportunity to listen to a talk about how to make rhubarb wine as well as listen to LIVE MUSIC by banjo virtuoso Dan Kilbride!

DAN KILBRIDE: Kilbride grew up one of 12 children on a farm near Wakonda, South Dakota. After hearing bluegrass for the first time, it took just two weeks for him to buy his first banjo and begin taking lessons with award-winning musicians in Oklahoma and Arkansas.

The W. H. Over Museum strives to host inclusive, accessible events. If you require a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this event, please contact the W.H. Over Museum by May 20, 2023 at or call 605-659-6151.