Kick off the new year at the first 2020 Family Fun Saturday, “Something Fishy,” Jan. 11, from 10-11:30 a.m. CST at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre.
During “Something Fishy” participants will create a flour fish print of a South Dakota species using rubber fish molds and contact paper. All supplies are provided, and children must be accompanied by an adult. There is free admission to the museum galleries during the program hours.
Family Fun Saturday visitors can also try their hand at “Catch and Release.” Reaching into a bucket of beans, visitors will pull out a small plastic model of a South Dakota fish. After identifying the fish, they release their catch by tossing it into a bucket labeled with a South Dakota river or lake. South Dakota is home to more than 100 fish species. Some species swim in waters all over the state while others are found only in the Missouri River reservoirs or Black Hills streams.
“Fishing is a popular sport in South Dakota,” said Jay Smith, museum director. “One of our newest additions to the primary gallery is the neon sign that advertised Carl’s Bait Shop in Fort Pierre for many years. We hope visitors will check it out after making their fish print.”
The museum is open from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. CST Monday through Saturday, and 1-4:30 p.m. on Sundays and most holidays. Call 605-773-3458 or visit history.sd.gov 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 www.history.sd.gov for more information. The society also has an archaeology office in Rapid City; call 605-394-1936 for more information.