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​​From old businesses to cars to household items to natural history displays to local artwork, Heritage Hall Museum, in Freeman South Dakota has a vast variety of artifacts that span everyone's interest areas.

Learn about the Germans from Russia who settled in the Freeman area, including the Mennonites and Hutterites.


Available from museum on DVD/Blu-Ray $25 + $5 shipping

Historic Buildings

The Archives Library preserves more than 10,000 books, maps, periodicals, documents, and photos pertaining to the local community and beyond.

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WELCOME to Heritage Hall Museum & Archives 

Heritage Hall Museum & Archives has over 20,000 items on display.

Heritage Hall Museum and Archives strives to preserve, educate and foster appreciation for the diverse natural and cultural history of the greater Freeman area, settled largely by Germans from Russia in the 1870s.

Heritage Hall Museum welcomes individuals and families, as well as school and tour groups. Large groups are encouraged to call ahead to arrange for guides as needed.


Summer Hours:

Open May 1 through September 30

     Monday - Friday 9 am-4 pm

     Weekends 1-4 pm

Winter Hours:

Open October 1 through April 30

      Monday - Friday 12-4 pm

(Closed all weekends and holidays)

The Archivist is available Monday-Friday 
or by appointment.

Sit at a desk in the one-room school house, peer into the Russian oven of an 1879 pioneer home, or admire the simple elegance of two early rural churches in one of the buildings preserved on site.




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Three Groups, One Story:

Freeman Film Captures Story of Local Immigrant

Featured in The Yankton Daily Press & Dakotan

The German-Russians were often treated like strangers in their own land. After moving from country to country, many of them settled in the Freeman area of southeast South Dakota. The German-Russians included three Anabaptist groups — Hutterite, Swiss Amish and Low German Mennonites — who arose from the Protestant Reformation of the 1500s.



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Germans from Russia