About the Online Archives


The office archives and the online archives consist of family history files of hundreds of people who have lived in and around the Viborg area over the past nearly 150 years. We recently acquired digital files of Viborg High School yearbooks from 1950 - 1989, and Hurley High School yearbooks from 1951 - 1989, as well as the 2001 VHS Alumni Album. 

About the Museum Library 


The Museum Library has many submitted family histories and family photo albums for research, but not online. Other resources available include complete sets of Viborg Enterprise newspapers from 1958 - current editions, centennial books (Centerville, Chancellor, Davis, Hurley, Marion (including Monroe and Dolton), Irene, Parker, Viborg, and Wakonda), Turner County atlases beginning in 1897, Clay, Lincoln, Turner, Union, and Yankton county farm and home directories, most Viborg High School yearbooks from 1916 - present, Turner County Pioneer History by W. H. Stoddard (published in 1931) and other county resource books.

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We are open Monday thru Friday from 9am until 2pm (except holidays). Other weekday times or weekend times by appointment.
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(NOTICE: Museum is temporarily closed to visitors until further notice - please call or email for future appointments)


Museum Gift Shop

Visit our museum gift shop during open hours for a wide selection of Danish and Viborg collectibles. 

     * Inspirational books by Joy Ibsen

     * Greeting cards 

     * Refrigerator magnets

     * Danish jewelry

     * Danish flags

     * Danish Blue Christmas plates

     * Danish Blue Mother's Day plates

     * Danish Children's Day plates

     * Viborg Centennial plates

     * Viborg T-shirts

     * Museum T-shirts

     * Viborg postcards 


** We now also have:**

  • "Friends of Viborg" medallions (2006-2019)

  • Viborg 125th anniversary Danish-American cookbook

  • Viborg 125th anniversary glass steins (2 styles)

  • Viborg 125th anniversary glass apothecary jars

  • "I Love Viborg" coffee mugs

  • Viborg plastic tumblers (red or white)

  • Viborg drink cozies


Upcoming Events

The DHA news column (by Lester Lauritzen) in the Viborg Enterprise is now being digitized and uploaded to the website! Click here to check out our progress!

Don't forget to watch for the DHM Weekly Feature in the Viborg Enterprise - or click here to view past articles

*** NOTICE *** 

The museum is temporarily closed to visitors until further notice, due to current concerns about the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus). Please call M-F, 9 am to 2 pm, or email anytime if you wish to make an appointment for a future visit. Stay safe and healthy!

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Please go check out the new virtual exhibit "Spreading the Word: The Dana College Theatre Troup Tour of 1942" by the Danish American Archive and Library! Viborg is the main focus of the "South Dakota" section of the online exhibit, as the theatre troup did a performance of their play "The Word" by Kaj Munk at Viborg's DBS Hall. Many thanks to Catrine Giery for displaying a photograph of the DBS Hall in the exhibit! Click on the link below to check it out! 



Because of the current concerns over the spread of the COVID-19 (coronavirus), the Daneville Heritage Museum and Family Research Center of Viborg will temporarily be closed to the public until the DHA Board of Directors determines that it should be safe to reopen.  Groups of people planning family reunions, school class get-togethers, or any other organizational meetings or gatherings are still welcome to make future appointments for visitation by contacting the museum at 605-766-1312 during the regular business hours of 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. on weekdays or by e-mail at dham@vastbb.net at any time.  Someone will be in the office during regular visiting hours; however, the doors will remain locked.  If you are delivering donated items to the museum, please knock on the office door.  Until this pandemic is under control, please stay safe and healthy and don’t take any unnecessary chances.  

© 2018 by Ofelia May; text by Richard Skola (credit to Wix.com)

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