Description: This little wooden replica of a pioneer house was made as a souvenir of the Sioux City Centennial, a major event celebrating 100 years since Dr. John Cook first platted the town. The celebration lasted from July 24 to July 31, 1954, and each day had a different theme. The first day was the first showing of the SIOUX CITY CENTURAMA, a major theatrical production with 24 scenes with a cast of over 2,000. July 25 was dedicated to religious celebrations, with observances in Sioux City churches and church choir concerts at the Public Schools Stadium (now Elwood Olsen Stadium at Morningside College). July 26 was Young America Day, with children’s parades, races, games, and concerts. July 27 was Ladies Day, featuring the Centennial Belle costume contest, flower show and public dance. July 28 was Pioneer and Homecoming Day, which celebrated descendants of Sioux City’s earliest residents and residents who had been in Sioux City the longest. This souvenir was likely given out during this day. July 29 was Industrial Progress Day, where citizens could attend tours of Sioux City’s largest manufacturers and businesses. July 30 was Farmers and Neighbors Day, and held displays of old and new farm equipment, a milking contest, and talent performances by participants from Sioux City’s neighboring communities. The final day was devoted to celebrating “100 Years of Progress,” which featured a huge parade, the burying of a time capsule in Grandview Park, and a Soos baseball game. Throughout the festival the Sioux City Art Center had displays from Sioux City history, free dances were held at the Municipal Auditorium, and “Then & Now” displays in the windows of Sioux City retail stores. Over 200 businesses and organizations provided funding for the festival, and the events were attended by nearly the whole city’s population.
Donor: Bernice A. Thoe