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Take-to-Make a Clothespin Snowman Jan. 9 from Cultural Heritage Center

Take-to-Make a Clothespin Snowman Jan. 9 from Cultural Heritage Center

The South Dakota State Historical Society Museum in Pierre is switching its popular “make-and-take” Saturday Family Fun programs to “take-to-makes.”

Rather than coming to the Cultural Heritage Center and making the projects in-house, visitors can pick up a bag with the materials and instructions and take the project home to complete. In addition to the written instructions, project video instructions will be posted on the Museum’s website at https://history.sd.gov/museum/education.aspx.

The first “Take-to-Make” Family Fun project for 2021 is a Clothespin Snowman.

Take-to-Make Clothespin Snowmen can only be picked up on Saturday, Jan. 9, from 10-11:30 a.m. CST at the Cultural Heritage Center. To make sure there are enough bags to meet demand museum staff is requesting visitors only pick up one bag for each individual or family member planning to make a snowman. They reserve the right to limit the number of bags any one person or group can take.

“The museum wanted to continue offering a version of our popular make-and-take Saturday programs while adhering to good social distancing and material sharing protocols due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic,” said Museum Director Jay Smith. “Putting the projects into a take-home bag makes it possible to offer them in a safe way. We know our visitors will have a blast making snowmen at home.”  

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.

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. CST Monday through Saturday, and 1-4:30 p.m. CST on Sundays and most holidays. Call 605-773-3458 for more information about exhibits, special events, and upcoming activities, or membership in the South Dakota State Historical Society.

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 www.history.sd.gov for more information. The society also has an archaeology office in Rapid City; call 605-394-1936 for more information.

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