Join us today!  The South Dakota State Historical Society is the keeper of the state's rich history. As South Dakota's only statewide history organization, the State Historical Society collects, preserves, researches and interprets the state's exceptional past. Your membership in the State Historical Society helps the Society to use its vast collection and resources to bring history to life through education kits, exhibits, programs, publications, and much more. 

Different levels of membership make it easy for you to join and support the work of the State Historical Society.  Advanced membership (Bronze-and-Above) enables you to make a significant gift to the State Historical Society and its nonprofit partner, the South Dakota Historical Society Foundation, to further the success of the organizations. Select a level that works best for you.

All membership levels include:
-Free admission to the Museum at the South Dakota Cultural Heritage Center,
-A 10% discount at the Heritage Stores at the CHC and State Capitol, the SDHS Press, and some services at the State Archives,
-A subscription to the "South Dakota History" quarterly journal and the“History Notes” newsletter,
- Invitations to special events and exhibit openings,
- Email updates on Society happenings

Membership Levels

Student ($30)

Individual ($40)

Family ($50)

History Group ($50)
- Also includes the "Hoofprints" newsletter

International ($70)

All Bronze-and-Above benefits also include:
-Free admission to the Museum at the South Dakota Cultural Heritage Center for you and your guests,
-An Affiliate membership in the Smithsonian Institution, including a subscription to Smithsonian Magazine
-An annual tax deduction for the amount of your contribution, minus $50, and
-Membership contribution credited on cumulative giving board

Bronze (annual gift of $125-$299)

Silver (annual gift of $300-$499)

Gold (annual gift of $500-$999)
-Plus "History Book of the Year" purchase at 50% discount

Platinum (annual gift of $1,000-$2,499)
-Plus "History Book of the Year" purchase at 50% discount, and
-Annual recognition gift at 50% cost

Diamond (annual gift of $2,500 or more)
-Plus "History Book of the Year" purchase at 50% discount,
-Annual recognition gift at 50% cost, and
-sterling silver effigy pin (year one) at 50% discount

How to Join -- 3 easy ways! If you have any questions, you may send email to or call (605) 773-6000.

1. By Mail ...

•Click here to get membership form,;
• Print out the PDF form;
• Make checks payable to: SDSHS Membership;
• Mail it with your check or money order to:

SDSHS Membership, 900 Governors Drive, Pierre, SD 57501-2217

2. Over the Telephone ...

To pay with Visa, Mastercard or Discover over the phone, call (605) 773-6000. Please include your card number, expiration date and the 3-or 4-digit security number on the back.


3. Online -- please fill out this form. PLEASE CHECK ONE LEVEL


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