Calendar

This online calendar of events emphasizes educational, archaeological, preservation, and history related programs throughout the year across South Dakota. Green entries denote activities at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre. Blue entries denote off-site activities sponsored by the SD State Historical Society and/or the Historical Society Foundation. If you would like to submit an event to be included on the calendar, please complete and submit the following form: Events form, PDF or Events form, Word.

July 2013

Event: Furniture: The Fancy & the Functional Exhibit
Description:
The exhibit examines furniture found in the home, and what one can learn from a careful study furniture today and in the past.   Interpretive signage, graphics, and advertisements demonstrate an evolution how our homes have changed over time and the impact that change made on the design, function and construction of furniture.  From a famous wooden desk to a metal dinette set, the artifacts on display come from the permanent collection of the Museum.  Hands-on activities and videos help bring the story to life. 
Location:  Cultural Heritage Center, Hogen Gallery, 900 Governors Dr., Pierre
Time: Mon.-Sat. 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Sun. & Holidays* 1-4:30 p.m. CT
Admission:  Members free; Adults $4, Seniors $3, 17 & under free (Free to all on the 1st Sunday of every month)
Sponsor: South Dakota State Historical Society
Contact: 605-773-3458, web: history.sd.gov/Museum
* The Cultural Heritage Center is closed on New Year's Day, Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.

Event: OPEN on Independence Day - The Museum of the SD State Historical Society
Description:
The Museum will be open on Independence Day, July 4. There is 15,000 square feet of exhibition space with exhibits divided into five galleries.
Location: 
Cultural Heritage Center, 900 Governors Dr., Pierre
Date/Time:
July 4, 2013; 1-4:30 p.m. CT
Admission: 
Adults - $4; Seniors (60+) - $3; 17 & under - Free
Sponsor:
South Dakota State Historical Society
Contact: 605-773-3458, web: history.sd.gov/Museum

Event: SD State Archives Open
Description:
The State Archives is open every 1st Saturday of the month. Staff will be available to assist with research. The State Archives manages a collection of photographs, films, maps, books, newspapers, state and county records, as well as personal and organizational records.
Location: 
Cultural Heritage Center, 900 Governors Dr., Pierre
Date/Time:
July 6, 2013; 9 a.m to 4:30 p.m. CT
Admission: 
Free
Sponsor:
South Dakota State Historical Society
Contact: 605-773-3804, e:mail archref@state.sd.us, web: history.sd.gov/Archives

Event: Archaeology Awareness Days at Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village
Description:
You & your family can participate in many hands-on events. Children have an opportunity to participate in a Kids Dig and make their own pottery vessel. There are Native technology demonstrations including flintnapping, pottery construction, Atlatl spear throwing, use of native plants, artifact displays, & tours of the Thomsen Center Archeodome & the Boehnen Museum.
Location: Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village, 3200 Indian Village Rd., Mitchell
Date/Time:
July 6-7, 2013; 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. CT
Admission:
Adults $6, Seniors $5, Students $4, 5 and under Free
Sponsor:
Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village
Contact:
Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village, e-mail: info@mitchellindianvillage.org, web: www.mitchellindianvillage.org

Event: Free admittance to the Museum of the SD State Historical Society
Description:
Admittance to the museum is free the 1st Sunday of the month. The Museum has 15,000 square feet of exhibition space with exhibits divided into five galleries.
Location: 
Cultural Heritage Center, 900 Governors Dr., Pierre
Date/Time:
July 7, 2013; 1-4:30 p.m. CT
Admission: 
Free
Sponsor:
South Dakota State Historical Society
Contact: 605-773-3458, web: history.sd.gov/Museum

Event: Oahe Chapel Ecumenical Sunday Service, host: St. Peter's Episcopal Church
Description: Hosted by various local churches, ecumenical services are held at the historic Oahe Chapel every Sunday from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend. The Oahe Chapel was established by Rev. Thomas L. Riggs, a Congregationalist minister, and his first wife, Cornelia Margaret “Nina” Foster, to serve as a mission to the Sioux Indians of central South Dakota. The chapel was originally located on the east bank of the Missouri River at Peoria Flats, roughly five miles upriver from its current location. It was moved to its current location in 1964 after construction of the Oahe Dam flooded the original site. The chapel is owned by the South Dakota State Historical Society and managed by the Oahe Chapel Preservation Society, which oversees its maintenance and preservation.
Location: The chapel is located adjacent to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Visitor Center, approximately five miles north of Pierre on SD Highway 1804.
Date/Time: July 7, 2013; 8 a.m. CT
Admission: Free; Open to the public
Sponsor: Oahe Chapel Preservation Society, Pierre-Ft. Ministerial Association
Contact: Cindy Snow, 605-773-2907, e-mail: cindy.snow@state.sd.us

Event: History & Heritage Book Club - Date changed to July 30, see below

Event: Oahe Chapel Ecumenical Sunday Service, host: Hymn Sing Sunday
Description: Hosted by various local churches, ecumenical services are held at the historic Oahe Chapel every Sunday from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend. The Oahe Chapel was established by Rev. Thomas L. Riggs, a Congregationalist minister, and his first wife, Cornelia Margaret “Nina” Foster, to serve as a mission to the Sioux Indians of central South Dakota. The chapel was originally located on the east bank of the Missouri River at Peoria Flats, roughly five miles upriver from its current location. It was moved to its current location in 1964 after construction of the Oahe Dam flooded the original site. The chapel is owned by the South Dakota State Historical Society and managed by the Oahe Chapel Preservation Society, which oversees its maintenance and preservation.
Location: The chapel is located adjacent to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Visitor Center, approximately five miles north of Pierre on SD Highway 1804.
Date/Time: July 14, 2013; 8 a.m. CT
Admission: Free; Open to the public
Sponsor: Oahe Chapel Preservation Society, Pierre-Ft. Ministerial Association
Contact: Cindy Snow, 605-773-2907, e-mail: cindy.snow@state.sd.us

Event: Smithsonian Sunday - Smithsonian's National Air & Space Museum
Description:
On the second Sunday of each month, the Museum of the South Dakota State Historical Society, as a Smithsonian Institution Affiliate, is offering a special video program from one of the Smithsonian Museums. This first Smithsonian Sunday program features the Smithsonian’s National Air & Space Museum.

Location: Cultural Heritage Center, 900 Governors Dr., Pierre
Date/Time:
July 14, 2013; 2 p.m. CT
Admission: 
Free program, regular admission to museum
Sponsor:
South Dakota State Historical Society
Contact:
605-773-3458, web: history.sd.gov/Museum

Event: Live Smithsonian Webcast, hosted by Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian
Description:
The Museum of the South Dakota State Historical Society will host a special webcast of the Smithsonian Institution’s “Living Earth” symposium entitled “Tribal ecoAmbassadors.”
The symposium will include presentations by Native American students and scholars around the nation. Michelle J. DePass, assistant administrator for the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of International and Tribal Affairs, will deliver opening remarks. The webcast is being presented by NMAI in partnership with the EPA.
Location: Cultural Heritage Center, 900 Governors Dr., Pierre
Date/Time:
July 20, 2013; 1:30 - 3 p.m. CT
Admission: 
Free program, regular admission to museum
Sponsor:
South Dakota State Historical Society
Contact:
605-773-3458, web: history.sd.gov/Museum

Event: Oahe Chapel Ecumenical Sunday Service, host: 1st Congregational Church of Fort Pierre
Description: Hosted by various local churches, ecumenical services are held at the historic Oahe Chapel every Sunday from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend. The Oahe Chapel was established by Rev. Thomas L. Riggs, a Congregationalist minister, and his first wife, Cornelia Margaret “Nina” Foster, to serve as a mission to the Sioux Indians of central South Dakota. The chapel was originally located on the east bank of the Missouri River at Peoria Flats, roughly five miles upriver from its current location. It was moved to its current location in 1964 after construction of the Oahe Dam flooded the original site. The chapel is owned by the South Dakota State Historical Society and managed by the Oahe Chapel Preservation Society, which oversees its maintenance and preservation.
Location: The chapel is located adjacent to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Visitor Center, approximately five miles north of Pierre on SD Highway 1804.
Date/Time: July 21, 2013; 8 a.m. CT

Admission: Free; Open to the public
Sponsor: Oahe Chapel Preservation Society, Pierre-Ft. Ministerial Association
Contact: Cindy Snow, 605-773-2907, e-mail: cindy.snow@state.sd.us

Event: Oahe Chapel Ecumenical Sunday Service, host: Assembly of God w/ Bloodwashed Band
Description: Hosted by various local churches, ecumenical services are held at the historic Oahe Chapel every Sunday from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend. The Oahe Chapel was established by Rev. Thomas L. Riggs, a Congregationalist minister, and his first wife, Cornelia Margaret “Nina” Foster, to serve as a mission to the Sioux Indians of central South Dakota. The chapel was originally located on the east bank of the Missouri River at Peoria Flats, roughly five miles upriver from its current location. It was moved to its current location in 1964 after construction of the Oahe Dam flooded the original site. The chapel is owned by the South Dakota State Historical Society and managed by the Oahe Chapel Preservation Society, which oversees its maintenance and preservation.
Location: The chapel is located adjacent to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Visitor Center, approximately five miles north of Pierre on SD Highway 1804.
Date/Time: July 28, 2013; 8 a.m. CT
Admission: Free; Open to the public
Sponsor: Oahe Chapel Preservation Society, Pierre-Ft. Ministerial Association
Contact: Cindy Snow, 605-773-2907, e-mail: cindy.snow@state.sd.us

Event: The Long-Shining Waters by Danielle Sosin - History & Heritage Book Club
Description: The Long-Shining Waters features three women living on the shores of Lake Superior in three different centuries. It describes the uneasy relationship between humans and fresh water as told through the eyes of women who lead very different lives. Humanities scholar Dr. Kathy Antonen of Rapid City will lead a discussion of this One Book South Dakota selection. One Book South Dakota is a program of the South Dakota Humanities Council that encourages people throughout the state to read and discuss the same title. The free book discussion is co-sponsored by the South Dakota Historical Society Foundation and Prairie Pages Bookseller, and is made possible by the South Dakota Humanities Council, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. The History & Heritage Book Club is free and open to the public at any time. A monthly commitment is not required.
Location:  Prairie Pages Bookseller, 321 S. Pierre St., Pierre
Date/Time: July 30, 2013; 6:30 p.m. CT
Admission: Free
Sponsor: South Dakota Historical Society Foundation & Prairie Pages Bookseller
Contact: Dorinda Daniel 605-773-6006, e-mail: dorinda.daniel@state.sd.us
Additional Comments: The book club meets the 2nd Tuesday of every month at the Cultural Heritage Center. Occasionally the date, time, or location my change for a special program. All books are available for purchase at the Heritage Store located in the Cultural Heritage Center and at the Capitol. The History & Heritage Book Club is open to everyone. People who want to join the discussion by telephone are welcome to do so by making arrangements in advance with Dorinda (see above).


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