About 500 attended Smithsonian display.
The initial meeting of the Tea Area Historical Society was held November 16, 1999 at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Tea, South Dakota. Luella DeJong organized the meeting and continues to serve as president. Verlyss Jacobson is secretary, Carroll Barnes is treasurer, and Dwight Buus is vice-president.
The Tea Area Historical Society's purpose is to study and record its history and development. As part of its mission the Society works to mark and preserve historical buildings and sites. Through its meetings the Society educates its members and the public on the rich heritage of the people and the land.