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The Prairie Was His Garden, too

Posted: Monday, Dec 3rd, 2012


Milo Potas holds the citation giving him the Army’s Legion of Merit, an award the Brookings man considers his greatest honor. Potas is also known as the man who saved Harvey Dunn’s “The Prairie Is My Garden.” Photo by Ken Curley/Register


• Brookings resident reflects on the part he played in the Harvey Dunn story

BROOKINGS – We’re all connected. Things, events, people.

If Manchester-born Harvey Dunn hadn’t attended school at the ag college in Brookings, the city might not be home to the state Art Museum today.

If De Smet newspaper editor Aubrey Sherwood hadn’t worked as hard as he did to promote the works of Dunn and Laura Ingalls Wilder, Dunn would be remembered only as a minor regional artist and “Little House on the Prairie” would be gathering dust on library shelves.

And if Milo Potas hadn’t been around 60 years ago, Dunn’s most famous painting, “The Prairie Is My Garden,” probably would have been lost to history, consigned to a trash can.





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