Snow has already been in the air, and the holidays are just around the corner. Get into the spirit of the holidays and have some fun making handmade holiday ornaments at the Cultural Heritage Center’s seventh annual “Make-n-Take a Holiday Ornament” event in Pierre from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. CDT on Saturday Nov. 3.
It’s “make-and-take” because visitors make ornaments to decorate a tree for the Cultural Heritage Center as well as ornaments to take home. All supplies are provided, and all ages are welcome. Young children should be accompanied by an adult. Cookies, punch and coffee will be served to help celebrate the beginning of the holiday season during the event.
“Since the first ornament make-n-take in 2012, the event has grown in popularity and been a wonderful kickoff to the holiday season,” said Jay Smith, museum director.
“We try to do a few new ornaments every year while holding onto some of the old favorites. Visitors always have a fun time whether they are four years old and making a pipe cleaner candy cane or an adult folding a paper wreath.”
Museum visitors can enjoy the exhibits “Jackrabbits to Schmeckfest: The Faces of Community Identity in South Dakota” in the Observation Gallery and “Spirit of the Seventies” in the Hogen Gallery. The museum offers free admission to all visitors on this special day as well.
The decorated tree will be used in the Cultural Heritage Center lobby during the holiday season. Visitors can enjoy the tree and all the center’s decorations during the annual Holiday Open House on Friday, Nov. 23. The open house will run from noon to 4:30 p.m. CST and will feature visits with Santa Claus, musical entertainment and refreshments. Museum hours are extended until 6:30 p.m. CST Monday-Saturday from Nov. 24-Dec. 22. Sunday hours are 1-4:30 p.m. CST.
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 www.history.sd.gov for more information. The society also has an archaeology office in Rapid City; call 605-394-1936 for more information.