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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.

Sioux Horse Effigy Return Celebration

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

Laura Ingalls Wilder Pioneer Girl The Annotated Autobiography

Pioneer Girl Project

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The Pioneer Girl Project

The South Dakota State Historical Society Press is currently in the midst of a monumental endeavor--the publication of Pioneer Girl, the unpublished autobiography of Laura Ingalls Wilder. The Little House Heritage Trust, the guardians of Wilder's writing and legacy, has granted exclusive rights to publish this fascinating and important book to the Press. This book will bring to light Wilder's own words about her own life, writing that has been hidden in repositories and archives, accessible only to those who know ... until now.

The Foundation also supports traveling exhibits, education kits and the South Dakota Digital Archives.

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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