The McGovern Legacy Museum, offering visitors
a unique look at the lives of George and Eleanor McGovern,
opened to the public in October 2006.
Rock Studios, which
specializes in creating cultural and natural history exhibits
for museums, developed the displays
in cooperation with DWU archivist Laurie Langland and other library
staff members. The museum provides visitors a unique journey
through the lives of two of Dakota Wesleyan University’s
most recognizable graduates.
The exhibit begins with the McGoverns’ humble
upbringing in rural South Dakota, continues through the challenges
faced during World War II as a young married couple trying
to raise a family, and their years as leaders in the South
Democratic Party. The 1972 presidential race is featured prominently,
as is George McGovern’s continuing commitment to fight
During the self-guided tour, visitors have the
opportunity to view a variety of short films narrated by
include commentary from a variety of scholars and noted experts.