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Take-to-make holiday ornaments Nov. 7 at CHC

The South Dakota State Historical Society Museum is switching the annual make-and-take holiday ornament event to a “take-to-make” program this year on Saturday, Nov. 7. 

Rather than coming to the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre and making the ornaments in-house, visitors will pick up bags with the materials and instructions and take the projects home to complete. In addition to the written instructions, instructional videos on how to make the ornaments will be posted on the museum’s website at  

Visitors can pick up take-to-make ornament bags only on Nov. 7 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. CST. To make sure there are enough ornament bags to meet demand, the museum reserves the right to limit the number any one person or group can take. 

Five different decorations will be available for the public to pick up. They include the popular eight-pointed wreath of folded paper, a pinecone Christmas tree, a wheat stalk ornament, a beads and bells pipe cleaner ornament, and a beady pheasant. A sixth “bonus” bag holds a blank card and various stickers that can be used to create a unique holiday card.   

“The museum staff wanted to continue our popular make-and-take a holiday ornament event while adhering to good social distancing and material sharing protocols due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic,” said Museum Director Jay Smith. “Putting the ornaments into take-home bags makes it possible to offer them the project in a safe way. We know our visitors will have a blast making these decorations at home, and the directions are easy to follow.”    

The museum is open for visitors. A check-in station at the front door allows visitors to check their temperature and pick up a face mask and gloves if they wish to wear them while enjoying the galleries. Signage encourages visitors to maintain 6-foot social distancing and hand sanitizer stations are located throughout the museum.  

In addition, the museum will begin its annual collection of canned goods for the Pierre Area Referral Service during the holiday season on Nov. 7 during the take-to-make event. People are encouraged to bring an unexpired canned food item to drop off from Nov. 7-29. The collection point will be at the entry doors to the Cultural Heritage Center. Canned goods are not required to gain entry to the building.    

There is now free admission to the museum for all South Dakota residents. Out-of-state adult visitors pay an $8 admission fee or $6 for out-of-state seniors 60-and-older. The museum is open from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 1-4:30 p.m. on Sundays and most holidays. Call 605-773-3458 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 since 2013, 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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