The building, once a library, was built in 1903 with funds from Steel magnate Andrew Carnegie. In 1940 the famous Yanktonai Nakota Sioux artist Oscar Howe painted the mural "Sun and Rain Clouds Over Hills" in the dome. From 1949 to 1971 Howe designed the murals made of corn on the Mitchell Corn Palace. 


The Mitchell Area Historical Society acquired the historic Library in 2006, and with the Mitchell Area Genealogical Society, has been working to preserve the building and its history. The Center houses a permanent collection of Corn Palace memorabilia as well as changing exhibits of Mitchell area history and genealogy.

Tours can be scheduled before or after hours by contacting us at 996-3209 or Pam@mitchellcarnegie.com.

The Mitchell Area Historical Society program meetings are held at the Carnegie Resource Center on the third Monday of each month at 7:00 p.m. Check the events calendar for our program schedule. The Carnegie Resource Center operations meetings are held on the Third Thursday of the month at Carnegie Resource Center, 119 W Third Ave. at 7 p.m.

Click on link below for application form. Membership Application

Hours Monday - Saturday 1-5 P.M.

Home to the Mitchell Area Historical Society & the Mitchell Area Genealogical Society

Carnegie Resource Center

Features include changing historical and genealogical exhibits, extensive documents for research, mural and prints by Oscar Howe and a permanent collection of Corn Palace memorabilia from 1892 to the present.

  Officers of the Mitchell Area Historical Society:

  • Lyle Swenson - President
  • Karen Pooley - Vice President
  • Andrea Sindt - Secretary
  • Jim Hunt - Treasurer


The Mitchell Genealogical Society meets the first Monday of the month for program meeting at 7:00 p.m. and the fourth Monday for business meeting at 6:30 p.m. Check the events calendar for program scheduled.


Officers of the Mitchell Area Genealogical Society:

  • Dr. Carol Ragle - President
  • Beth Walz - Vice President
  • Pam Range - Recording Secretary
  • Pam Range - Corresponding Secretary
  • Karen Pooley- Treasurer


      Contact email: info@mitchellcarnegie.com