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Past & Present

Past & Present is a unique shopping and educational destination that is fun for the whole family!

We are into our 21st year at Past & Present and we would love to see you and help us celebrate with many more in-store specials!  Stop in for

This is a cast of a Tyrannosaurus rex Skull found in 1906 and on Display in Past & Present.

This is a cast of a Tyrannosaurus rex skull found in 1906 and on display in Past & Present.

those one of a kind gifts, and watch for our great new selection of fossils, minerals, gifts and much more!

A rock shop and much more, we have something for everyone. We feature fossils, minerals, crystals, jewelry, books, tools, assorted science and nature materials and unique gifts from around the world. Our free fossil gallery and museum is a great destination for all. At Past & Present, we have hosted visitors from all 50 states and 22 different countries. You can also join us at Past & Present for one of our special events, sign up for one of our classes, or book a scout group or Past & Present 023 - Copybirthday party for that unique experience. To find out more about Past & Present, click on one of the links above.

Just arrived: An entire collection of minerals from around the world! We’ve just acquired a vast collection of unique minerals that we are beginning to catalogue and put out for sale. Already we have put out hundreds of these minerals, and have many more for purchase here at Past & Present!

Don’t forget to stop in and visit our Free Fossil Museum!

We have been collecting dinosaur bones for over 20 years at our site in South Dakota. They are mostly the remains of the dinosaur Edmontosaurus annectens. This huge dinosaur was up to 45′ long and lived in large herds. We find traces of other dinosaurs including teeth of the formidable dinosaur Tyrannosaurus rex!

A few photos from our 2014 collecting trip….

It was very warm and we had seen many rattlesnakes during our visit. This one was "hiding" from us, but very aware we were there.

It was very warm and we had seen many rattlesnakes during our visit. This one was “hiding” from us, but very aware we were there.

A rib from the dinosaur Edmontosaurus annectens that I found on our September trip to South Dakota.

A rib from the dinosaur Edmontosaurus annectens that I had found on our September trip to South Dakota.

That rib after it was field jacketed and removed.

That rib after it was field jacketed and removed.