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Who We Are

The South Dakota Historical Society Foundation is committed to telling the story of our state’s unique history that has helped shape our values today. We tell the story as an active partner, fundraiser and steward, providing financial resources to projects of the program areas of the South Dakota State Historical Society: archaeology, archives, historic preservation, museum, and research and publishing. This philanthropic commitment is to preserve the past and serve the future of South Dakota through annual, capital and planned giving from public and private donors.


Your donations help ensure our success.

Your Holiday Tradition

The South Dakota State Historical Society's Holiday Open House is free and open to the public from 12:00 to 4:30 p.m. on Friday, November 27th.

Live Entertainment & Refreshments, Visit with Santa Claus, Shop for unique South Dakota Gifts, FREE MUSEUM ADMISSION, Special decorations by the Boys & Girls Club of the Capital Area.

Please bring a canned good for donation to the Pierre Food Pantry.

Extended Museum Hours
November 28 - December 23
Monday – Saturday 9:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Sundays 1:00 - 4:30 p.m.
Closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day

Governor Walter D. Miller

Badger Clark's Sun & Saddle Leather Book Is Celebrating 100th Anniversary

Laura Ingalls Wilder Pioneer Girl The Annotated Autobiography

Membership | Join the Heritage Circle

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The Heritage Circle

By joining at the $100 level, you can benefit the Foundation by becoming a Heritage Circle member of the South Dakota State Historical Society. Heritage Circle membership is offered at Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum and Diamond levels. Heritage Circle members enjoy a number of perks in addition to all the fantastic benefits of a basic Society membership.

Heritage Store|South Dakota made gifts

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The Heritage Store

The South Dakota Historical Society Foundation operates the Heritage Store at both the Cultural Heritage Center and Capitol.

The stores offer a variety of attractive, quality South Dakota made items and items that reflect South Dakota: books published by the South Dakota State Historical Society Press, pottery, jewelry, Capitol memorabilia, food, art, glassware, items featuring the Sioux Horse effigy, and much more!

As a South Dakota State Historical Society member, receive a 10% discount on store purchases. We are glad to ship items.

Keep the Heritage Store in mind when shopping for unique gifts from South Dakota!

Volunteer|South Dakota Historical Society Foundation

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Would you like to participate in "Keeping South Dakota History Alive"? Would you like to meet new people and make new friends? Donate your time and have fun! There are many volunteer opportunities with the South Dakota Historical Society Foundation. Contact us and join the volunteer team today.

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