About Us

South Dakota State Historical Society

Key Staff:
Jay D. Vogt – Director and State Historic Preservation Officer
Nancy Tystad Koupal – Director of Research & Publishing and Editor of “South Dakota History” and “History Notes”
Chelle Somsen – Director of SD State Archives and State Archivist
James Haug – Director of the Archaeological Research Center
Ted Spencer – Director of the State Historic Preservation Office
Jay Smith – Director of the Museum
Michael Lewis – President of South Dakota Heritage Fund

2013 Board of Trustees:
President: Brad Tennant, Aberdeen
Vice President: David Wolff, Spearfish
Other Members: Michael Jandreau, Lower Brule; Rolene R. Schliesman, Wilmot; Richard Harnois, Pierre; John D. Fowler, Elk Point; Donald Simmons, Flandreau; Jeffrey A. Hazard, Sioux Falls; Tom D. Tobin, Winner; Laurie Langland, Mitchell; Robert E. Kolbe, Sioux Falls; Peggy Sanders, Oral

 • The society is headquartered at the South Dakota Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre. The Heritage Center, opened in 1989 to coincide with the state centennial, houses the administrative & development, historic preservation and research & publishing offices, a world-class museum, the State Archives, and a gift shop. The Archaeological Research Center is in Rapid City.
 • The regular public hours of the Museum in the Cultural Heritage Center are Monday-through-Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Sundays and holidays from 1 to 4:30 p.m. From Memorial Day-through-Labor Day, the hours are Monday-through-Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and 1 to 4:30 p.m. on Sundays and holidays. Admission is free for members of the society and children 17-and-younger; there is a $4 fee for those ages 18-and-older. Discounts are available for tour groups. The State Archives are open weekdays and the first Saturday of each month from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The center is closed New Year’s Day, Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas.
 • The society offers a variety of educational opportunities, including tours of the museum and archives, publications and curriculum guides, and hands-on classes, suitcase and traveling exhibits, and archaeological activities.
 • Annual events include a reception each January for state legislators, an annual conference each spring, and an open house the day after Thanksgiving to kick off the holiday season.
 • The society is increasing its outreach efforts to local history groups, encouraging them to contact society staff if they have technical questions. “Hoofprints,” a bimonthly newsletter, links local history groups with the state society and each other. “Hoofprints” is a benefit of Group membership in the society.

For More Information:
South Dakota State Historical Society
900 Governors Drive
Pierre, SD 57501-2217
(605) 773-3458

First organized in 1863
Officially started in 1901

Meeting Schedule:
 • Board meets four times a year.

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