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There is something exciting for all ages to see and do within the walls of the Cultural Heritage Center at the museum...

Unique threads of South Dakota history are skillfully woven together in a tapestry of fascinating and inspirational stories through the work of the South Dakota State Historical Society.


...and archives.

Discovering the Legacy of South Dakota

One of the Society's primary activities is to collect the historical treasures of our state, including artifacts, documents and key records while providing an excellent facility for historical research. Artifacts are displayed in regularly changing exhibits and displays. These efforts allow us to promote lifelong learning and an appreciation of the past.

Other Society activities include the following:

PUBLISH South Dakota History, the official journal of the South Dakota State Historical Society and winner of seven national awards for excellence

South Dakota History journal

SHARE South Dakota history with communities and schools through traveling exhibits and education kits

ENGAGE visitors to think critically about the past as they explore the South Dakota Cultural Heritage Center Museum and Archives

PRESERVE our state's rich heritage and complex history

Historic Preservation

The Society's services reach across the state through archaeological surveys, publications and assistance with historic preservation projects.

CONNECT past with present, sharing stories through books about history and heritage published by the SDSHS Press

SUPPORT people and businesses across the state by providing archaeology resources

RECORD the past civilizations of South Dakota through archaeological surveys

Archaeological Dig

BRING TOGETHER leading experts in state history and preservation at the Annual History Conference

PRESENT historical news, exhibits, special events and programs to the public each year

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