On June 25, 1908 when the corner stone for the South Dakota State Capitol was laid, Governor Coe Crawford said in his address: "The new capitol will do more than comfortably accommodate the officers who are to labor within its walls for the people whom they will serve. It will stand throughout the coming years as an expression of beauty and art, and as the people come and go and linger within its walls, they will see in it an expression of the soul of the state."
June 30, 2010 marked the 100th anniversary of the formal dedication of the South Dakota State Capitol in Pierre. Three special events were held to recognize this important milestone in our state's history. Two of the three were public celebrations: a reception in the Capitol Rotunda on March 1 and a day-long Capitol Centennial Celebration at the Capitol complex on June 19. Thank you to everyone who made these memorable activities possible and to the many visitors who attended to celebrate 100 years of our state Capitol.
The final Capitol Centennial event was held June 30, 2010, the structure's actual 100th anniversary, at which time Gov. Mike Rounds sealed a time capsule commemorating the building's centennial. The 2010 time capsule was placed in a locked glass display case immediately adjacent to the front doors of the Capitol where it can be viewed by the public.
Find out more about the South Dakota State Capitol and the special events held to commemorate its centennial on this website. Or stop and visit the Capitol during your next visit to Pierre. The State Capitol is open to the public Monday thru Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. weekends and holidays.