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Silent Silo: South Dakota's Missile Field exhibit now open at the Cultural Heritage Center

This exhibit traces the development of the Cold War-era missile field in South Dakota. Featuring never-before seen artifacts from the collections of the SDSHS and Minuteman Missile National Historic Site. Watch a missileer training video, build your own fallout shelter, play Missile Command... and so much more!   

The South Dakota Experience Galleries

Oyate Tawicoh'an [O-ya-ta Ta-wi-cho-han] The Ways of the People

In the language of the Oceti Sakowin, the nation some call the Sioux, Oyate Tawicoh'an means The Ways of the People. Learn about the history, values and beliefs of the Dakota, Nakota, and Lakota.


Proving Up

Proving Up explores the state's history from the placing of the Verendrye Plate in 1743 to the final fight for the state capital in 1904. Share the adventures of explorers, trappers, settlers, miners, and statesmen that established South Dakota.


Changing Times - South Dakota in the 20th Century

Examine the changes and challenges South Dakotans experienced during the 20th century. The state flourished when rail lines and automobiles rolled in and struggled when the Depression hit. Throughout the 1900's some settlers left, but most dug, rooted in this place, and grew to love it.





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