YMCA History & Fun Facts

Founded in London in 1844 the YMCA has shaped the lives of countless people.  In 1971 a group of altruistic volunteers founded the Oahe YMCA in Pierre. The humble beginnings started in the Masonic Temple and the “little church” located next to the State Theater.  Out of this “storefront operation” support grew along with programs. The original building was opened in 1978 and was outgrown by the early 1990s.  In 1997 the new addition was opened that includes the gym, track, weight room, class rooms and the cardio workout area.  In 2000 the Pierre Aquatic Center was added to the YMCA. 

Click here for details on the combined efforts of all the South Dakota YMCA's: YMCA Advocacy Brochure 

To find out more about the YMCA take a look at the links below. You may be surprised by what you find!

For More Information on the YMCA Movement go to the YMCA of the USA website here.