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Entertainment for Cultural Heritage Center Holiday Open House Announced

A full afternoon of entertainment is planned for the annual holiday open house of the South Dakota State Historical Society on Friday, Nov. 24, at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre.

Following is the schedule:
• 12-12:30 p.m.: Gloria Merriam, piano
• 12:30-1 p.m.: Jeanne Schweigert, piano
• 1-1:30 p.m.: Jenn and Patrick Baker (maybe with son Jack)
• 1:30-2 p.m.: Bob and Laurie Gill, guitar/vocals
• 2-3 p.m.: Bev and Jay Mickelson and Jeanne Goodman, piano/vocals/saxophone
• 3-3:30 p.m.: Priscilla Hofer, Mark Mayer and Eliza Mayer, piano/vocals
• 3:30-4 p.m.: Virginia Hanson, vibraphone
• 4-4:30 p.m.: Margaret Ellefson, piano

“The entertainment is always an important part of our holiday open house,” said Jay D. Vogt, director of the State Historical Society. “We encourage people to bring guests, come up to the Cultural Heritage Center and support their favorite performers – or all of them.”

In addition to the entertainment, the 12-4:30 p.m. CST event features demonstrators Bob Travis panning for gold and Laura Hayden-Moreland spinning yarn. There is free admission to the museum, featuring the exhibit “The Spirit of the ‘70s” in the Hogen Gallery, holiday treats and shopping for unique gifts in the Heritage Store. Photos with Santa Claus will be available in the Observation Gallery.

People are encouraged to bring canned goods as a freewill donation for the Pierre Food Pantry.

During the holidays the Cultural Heritage Center will be open extended hours. From Nov. 25-Dec. 23, the hours will be 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m. CST Monday through Saturday and 1-4:30 p.m. on Sundays. The Cultural Heritage Center is closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s days.

About the South Dakota State Historical Society
The South Dakota State Historical Society is a division of the Department of Education. The State Historical Society, an Affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, is headquartered at the South Dakota Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre. The center houses the society’s world-class museum, the archives, and the historic preservation, publishing and administrative/development offices. Call 605-773-3458 or visit for more information. The society also has an archaeology office in Rapid City; call 605-394-1936 for more information.

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