The Journey Museum and Learning Center regularly houses exhibits to teach visitors about our region's history and to showcase unique artists.
January - April
“The Business of Business” exhibit, featuring 10 local businesses that have been operating for 50 years or more. Opening night is Friday, Jan. 11 at 5 p.m., and the exhibit runs through April.
Every business starts out as a small business, but only 50 percent survive past the first five years. So you can imagine the strength and persistence it takes for a business to thrive after the better part of a century.
Some of these businesses were affected by the Great Depression, WWII
But despite it all, they flourished and grew with the community, helping make Rapid City what it is today.
Featured Businesses: Black Hills Energy, Brass Rail, Grimm’s Pump and Industrial Supply, Haggerty’s Musicworks, Montana-Dakota Utilities, Reptile Gardens, Royal Wheel Alignment, Servall Uniform
Troy Kilpatrick, executive director of The Journey Museum and Learning Center, says it’s important to recognize that these businesses are economic drivers for the community. “Jobs create opportunities for communities to grow.”
Business leaders will meet with the public Jan. 11 – the exhibit’s opening night. Come enjoy photos and artifacts that illustrate their stories. Opening night is also a great chance to get one-on-one time with curators who made the exhibit possible.
Curators solicited over 100 local businesses that have remained active in Rapid City for more than 50 years with the same name or in the same family - excluding nonprofits and outside corporate entities with offices in Rapid City.
“The Business of Business” runs through April and is a collaboration between The Journey Museum and Learning Center and the Minnilusa Historical Association (MHA).
The MHA’s mission is to preserve the pioneer history of the Black Hills region. As one of the museum’s collection partners, they have continued to collaborate in temporary exhibits at The Journey and are excited to celebrate the histories of local businesses.
Included with admission
FREE for members
The Journey Museum & Learning Center regularly adds new events, exhibits, and features to the expansive museum, covering American history, Black Hills history, and Native American culture.
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