The Great Seal of the State of South Dakota takes center stage in the restored stained glass in the courthouse dome. Four murals surrounding the glass depict scenes from Sully County’s founding days, including this painting of a pair of Native Americans.

The SCHS will offer courthouse tours during regular business hours Thursday and Friday from 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Offices are closed 11:30-12:30 but courthouse is open for those who wish to stop in and look around.

At 4:00 p.m. today, Thursday August 11, the SCHS will cut the ribbon on the dome restoration at 4:00 p.m., and the courthouse will be open until the start of the kiddie parade at 6:00 p.m.

The courthouse will also be open to tours on Saturday, August 13 from 10:00 a.m.-Noon.

Due to a leaking roof, the dome had been covered for decades when the artwork was rediscovered. Restoring the artwork came at a price tag of approximately $360,000.

Following a year of fundraising and through the generous donations of the Sully County community, the Sully County Historical Society (SCHS) had the monies needed to restore the inner dome of the Sully County Courthouse.

Restoration work on the murals was completed in March, and the stained glass reinstalled in April. The restoration was completed when the stained glass was backlit in May.

Two six-foot plaques have been hung up flanking the entrance to the rotunda recognizing contributions to the restoration. Inside the rotunda, plaques recognize contributors of $10,000 or more.

Come and see the magnificent restoration that was completed on the dome and the donation plaques on display.

The Sully County Historical Society formed in 2021 as a group of individuals interested in seeing the courthouse dome restored and to share their passion for Sully County History. Not only has the group seen the dome restoration to fruition, the SCHS continues to pursue and raise money for projects that preserve Sully County history and heritage, and welcomes suggestions for future projects. The Sully County Historical Society meets the second Wednesday of every month at 6:30 p.m. in the court room at the Sully County Courthouse. Anyone with an interest in history is encouraged to join.