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Spring learning opportunities available at Cultural Heritage Center

During the month of April, the Museum of the South Dakota State Historical Society offers a gallery class entitled Lewis and Clark’s South Dakota Experience to 4th grade students at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre. Students will learn about the plants, animals and people Lewis and Clark encountered in South Dakota by handling objects and viewing photographs. The class is taught by docent educators and is 45 minutes long. It is offered at no cost. Find out how to schedule a gallery class on the Historical Society’s website.

Teachers of all grades are encouraged to bring their students to the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre to experience South Dakota history.

The South Dakota Experience galleries tell the story of the state from American Indian life before the arrival of Europeans in the 1700s through the end of the 20th Century. Students can walk through a tipi, “ride” a train and “milk” a cow, among other activities.

The Hogen Gallery features changing exhibits. Currently, this gallery features “Play Ball! The National Pastime in South Dakota,” an exhibit covering the history of baseball in the state.

Museum hours are 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. CDT, Monday-Friday. There is no cost for tours, which can either be guided or self-guided. For more information, visit www.history.sd.gov/museum. To schedule a tour, email Jeff Mammenga, South Dakota State Historical Society, or call (605) 773-6000.

The State Historical Society is also partnering with the South Dakota Discovery Center for South Dakota History Adventures, May 10-13. There is a nominal cost to participate in this event. Find more information on the South Dakota Discovery Center website. This event is intended for students in grades 4-6.

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