Who We Are
The South Dakota Historical Society Foundation is dedicated to preserving the past and serving the future of South Dakota. To do so, we offer financial assistance to a number of projects of the various program areas of the South Dakota State Historical Society. The Society is made up of five program areas: archaeology, archives, historic preservation, museum, and research and publishing. The staff of these program areas work hard every day to preserve the history of our state. Your donations help ensure their success.
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State Historical Society Press is currently in the midst of a monumental endeavor--the publication of Pioneer Girl, the unpublished autobiography of Laura Ingalls Wilder.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. Learn more about these fascinating projects here!
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.
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!
Would you like to help preserve South Dakota history? Would you like to meet new people and make new friends? Donate your time and have fun! There are a lot of volunteer opportunities with the South Dakota Historical Society Foundation.