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SIOUX CITY -- Learn how Sioux Cityans in the late 19th century celebrated the autumn harvest, at "History at High Noon: Sioux City’s Corn Palaces" on Thursday. The free program will be held from 12:05 to 12:45 p.m. at the Sioux City Public Museum.

The highlight of the festivals was the construction and use of a large building in downtown called a Corn Palace covered in corn and other grains. Besides having the distinction of constructing the “World’s First Corn Palace,” the festivals hosted well-known entertainers and even the sitting president of the United States. Sept. 24 will mark the 130th anniversary of the opening of the 1888 Corn Palace in Sioux City.

Although the festivals were short-lived, they are still remembered because of the excellent print and photographic collections at the museum. The presentation will showcase both exterior views and rarely seen interior images of the palaces as well as the events and people behind the festivals.

The Sioux City Public Museum is at 607 Fourth St. in downtown Sioux City. For more information, call 712-279-6174 or visit www.siouxcitymuseum.org.

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