The South Dakota State Historical Society Museum will host Take-to-Make a Holiday Ornament on Saturday, Nov. 6, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. CDT (9 a.m.-2 p.m. MDT) at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre.
Visitors will pick up bags with the materials and instructions and take the ornaments home to complete. In addition to the written instructions, instructional videos on how to make the ornaments are posted on the museum’s website at https://history.sd.gov/museum/education.aspx.
Visitors can pick up take-to-make ornament bags only on Saturday, Nov. 6. 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. 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.
“Putting the ornaments into take-home bags makes it possible to offer them to our visitors in a safe way,” said museum director Jay Smith. “We know our visitors will enjoy making these decorations at home.”
The museum is open for visitors. 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. Museum hours are 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. CDT (8 a.m.-3:30 MDT) Monday-Saturday and 1-4:30 p.m. CDT (12-3:30 p.m. MDT) Sundays and most holidays. Call 605-773-3458 for more information. Call 605-773-6000 for information about membership in the 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.