MITCHELL, S.D. (AP) — A former Mitchell resident has donated three original Oscar Howe paintings to the city's Carnegie Resource Center.

Howe is well-known in Mitchell for designing murals on the Corn Palace from 1949 to 1971 and for painting the mural on the inside of the Carnegie Resource Center's dome, the Daily Republic reported .

Rapid City resident Dick Weller contacted Lyle Swenson, president of the Mitchell Area Historical Society, to see if the organization wanted the donations. The historical society is housed in the Carnegie Resource Center.

"We're honored to get them," said Swenson. "It adds authenticity to what we're doing here."

Weller said it's time for the public to enjoy the Oscar Howe paintings since his family has for the past 70 years. The Weller family was close with Howe and his wife, Heidi, who lived nearby on the Dakota Wesleyan University campus, according to Weller.

"As a kid, I used to watch him paint in both studios," Weller wrote in the email. "He was a very soft-spoken, kind man."

Two of the donated paintings, "Indian Princess at Leisure" and "Indian Princess at Work" are already hanging in the center's foyer. They were likely painted in the late 1940s and early 1950s, according to Weller.

The third painting, "Untitled (Indian Head Profile)," will be hung soon. It'll join the other two in a spot out of direct sunlight.

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Information from: The Daily Republic, http://www.mitchellrepublic.com