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Make-and-Take Holiday Ornament event Nov. 2 at Cultural Heritage Center

Get ready for the holiday season by making handmade holiday ornaments on Saturday, Nov. 2, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. CDT at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre.

This will be the museum’s eighth annual “Make-n-Take a Holiday Ornament” event. Supplies and instructions for the ornaments are provided. All ages are welcome, and children must be accompanied by an adult. Cookies, coffee, and punch will be served as well. There is free admission to the museum for all visitors on that day.

It’s a “make-and-take” because visitors make ornaments to decorate a tree for the Cultural Heritage Center as well as ornaments to take home.

“The Christmas tree decorated with the ornaments from the make-n-take is a highlight in the Cultural Heritage Center lobby during the holiday season,” said Jay Smith, museum director. “It’s great to see the variety of ornaments ranging from simple pipe cleaner candy canes to elaborate folded paper wreaths. We introduce a few new ornaments every year and hold onto some tried-and-true favorites.”

The decorated tree will be up 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. 29. The open house goes from noon to 4:30 p.m. and will feature visits with Santa Claus, musical entertainment, and refreshments.          

Museum visitors on Nov. 2 can see the exhibit “Silent Silos: South Dakota’s Missile Field” in the Hogen Gallery to learn about the important role South Dakota played in the Cold War. They can play a Missile Command video game, build their own fallout shelter, and see clips from Civil Defense films.

The museum is open from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. CDT Monday through Saturday, and 1-4:30 p.m. CDT on Sundays and most holidays. Call 605-773-3458 or visit for more information about exhibits, special events, and upcoming activities.

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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