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Nov. 2019  

  Make new exhibits at the CHC part of your class legislative visit

Bringing students to Pierre this winter to observe the state legislature? Discover hands-on history at the Cultural Heritage Center, home of the Museum of the South Dakota State Historical Society, located northeast of the State Capitol at 900 Governors Drive.

Missile silo under
Missile silo under construction (Photo courtesy Minuteman Missile National Historic Site)

The “Silent Silos: South Dakota’s Missile Field” exhibit will be on display in the Hogen Gallery until February 2021. This exhibit traces the development of the Cold War-era missile field in South Dakota and features never-before-seen artifacts from the collections of the South Dakota State Historical Society and Minuteman Missile National Historic Site. Students can watch a missileer training video, build a fallout shelter, play Missile Command, and more.

Women suffragists unveiling the suffragist banner
Women suffragists unveiling the suffragist banner in Washington, D.C., after the 19th Amendment was ratified (Photo courtesy Smithsonian Institution)

A new exhibit is also on display in the museum’s Observation Gallery: “The Right is Ours: Women Win the Vote.” This exhibit focuses on the story of South Dakota women, men, and organizations that supported our state giving most women the right to vote in 1918 and national ratification in 1920. The gallery will also explore the multiple arguments made for suffrage as well as opposition to the movement. The exhibit will be on display through Nov. 3, 2020.

With a museum visit, students can gain insight into the state history that informs the legislature’s work. 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.

Visitors can see (and in some cases, even touch) artifacts from our state’s past. To schedule a free tour, guided or self-guided, contact Jeff Mammenga at Jeff.Mammenga@state.sd.us or 605-773-6000. Museum hours are 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. CST, Monday-Saturday and 1-4:30 p.m. CST on Sundays. For more information, visit the museum’s website.

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