“a land of countless stories”
The South Dakota State Historical Society, first organized as the Old Settlers Association of Dakota Territory in 1862, established its official relationship with state government in 1901 through the former Department of History. Originally housed in the state capitol, the Society moved in 1932 to the newly completed Soldiers' and Sailors' Memorial Building across the street. In 1989 South Dakota celebrated its centennial and to mark the anniversary and showcase the state's history, the Cultural Heritage Center was built as the new headquarters for the Society. Through the years, state government reorganizations have shaped and reshaped the Society into the vigorous organization of today. Explore South Dakota’s history—list your home on the National Register of Historic Places, read our publications, study in our research room, and visit our museum.
Get a sense for the culture of South Dakota by immersing yourself in the state's history, and all of the influences on it. From Native Americans to early settlers, there's plenty to explore, and the museum's gorgeous displays do an excellent job of uncovering the history of South Dakota.
There’s a lot to see at this museum. It’s $8 entry per person for non-SD residents. Easy parking. We enjoyed the Native American artifacts the most. They also have the original Verendrye plate (you can see a copy at the nearby monument) and the amazing Sioux Horse Effigy believed to have been carved by Joseph No Two Horns. Very informative displays. Worth the trip.
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State Historical Society/Cultural Heritage Center
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