Mural History

Below is a list of themes that the Corn Palace has done since it's inception!

1892   No Central Theme (Patterns)
1893   Organization Symbols (GAR, MASONS, ETC.)
1894-1909   Basically Patterns with Corner Designs
1910   Indian Design
1911   Egyptian Motif
1912   Oriental
1913   Western Scenes
1914   Dutch Scenes
1915   Peace and Plenty (Birds & Goats)
1916   Military - Patriotic
1917   Same as 1916 except Ambulance instead of Cannon
1918   Patriotic (Statue of Liberty - Ship - Liberty Bell)
1919   Cornucopias and Patterns
1920   Held in a Tent
1921   Disarmament
1922   South Dakota Scenes (Moderna nd Historical)
1923   Rising Sun and Griffins
1924   Buffalo - Elk - Griffin - Etc.
1925   Stylized Designs (Sundial - Grapes - Urn)
1926   South Dakota when the White Man Arrived
1927   Landscapes and Geese Flying
1928   Humorous Presidential Campaign (Coolidge, Etc.)
1929   Mitchell's 50th Anniversary (History and Development of the State in 10 Year Periods)
1930   Landscapes?
1931   Lake Mitchell - Radio Station - Mountain and Water Scenes
1932   Same as 1931
1933   Service Organizations (Symbols)
1934   Highway and Skyways
1935   The Forgotten Man "The New Deals" Humorous
1936   Black Hills (Real Pine Trees)
1937   Arabian Theme (Camels and Minaret Mosques)1938   Conservation of the Wild Life of the State
1939   50 Years of South Dakota Statehood
1940   America First
1941   South Dakota Hunters Paradise
1942   Allied Victory
1943   Same as 1942
1944   War Theme
1945   Same as 1944
1946   America the Beautiful (Indians and Wild Animals)
1947   No Theme (SD Farm House, Animals, Birds, Proposed Fort Randall Dam)
1948   Indian Theme
1949   Indian and Early Dakotan Pictures
1950   Indian Theme Designs and Symbols
1951   South Daktoa History (Indians to Modern Times)
1952   City and Country Murals (Theme?)
1953   Indian Motif
1954   Agricultural, Business, Religious, and Social Phases of Life in South Dakota  
1955   Animals of South Dakota
1956   75th Anniversary of Mitchell
1957   Popular Athletic Games and Attractions in the State
 
1958   Modes of Transportation
1959   Scense of the Old West
1960   Western, Jesuit Priest, Etc.
1961   Territorial Centennial
1962   Yesterday and Today
1963   Wildlife and Hunting
1964   South Dakota Scenes
1965   Scense from Nature
1966   Dancing and Branding
1967   75th Anniversary of the Corn Palace
1968   South Dakota Fauna
1969   Space Age
1970   Forest Fire, Fishing, Pollution?
1971   Mother Goose Rhymes
1972   Relaxing in South Dakota
1973   Salute to Agriculture
1974   Founding Fathers
1975   Bicentennial
1976   Bicentennial of the USA
1977   USA - Civil War - Indian - Races
1978   The Fine Arts
1979   South Dakota Birds
1980   Recreation
1981   Salute to Oscar Howe
1982   Same as 1981
1983   South Dakota Animals
1984   South Dakota Hi-Lites
1985   Ag Profess (Agriculture)
1986   First Americans
1987   South Dakota Horseless Carriges
1988   In Service to Others
1989   Celebrate the Century - State History (1889-1989)
1990   South Dakota Artists
1991   South Dakota - The Good Life
1992   Centennial - Past Murals
1993   Centennial - Oscar Howes
1994   Myths, Legends and Fabels
1995   Salute to Rodeo
1996   Memories
1997   Hunt South Dakota
1998   Youth in Action
1999   Building a Nation
2000   Millenium Corn
2001   Same as 2000
2002   South Dakota Great Events
2003   Scenic South Dakota
2004   Lewis and Clark
2005   Life on the Farm
2006   Salute to Rodeo
2007   Salute to Rodeo (left because of severe drought)
2008   Everyday Heroes
2009   America's Destinations
2010   Through the Ages (Transportation)
2011   American Pride
2012   Saluting Youth Activities
2013   We Celebrate