South Dakota Museum Heritage Hall

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

The 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.

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880 S Cedar St

Freeman, SD 57029


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24 mi. south of I-90 Exit 364 on HWY 81.

32 mi. west of I-29 Exit 47 on HWY 46.
Turn north on HWY 81 to Freeman.

34 mi. north of Yankton on HWY 81.

May 23, 2018
Railroad History Comes Alive at Freeman!

Heritage Hall Museum & Archives invites you to join South Dakota State Railroad Museum's Director Rick Mills for a digital trip through rail preservation and history across the state on Friday, June 15th at 7:00 pm, at the Prairie Arboretum Interpretive Center in Freeman. Mills' program is titled "Dakota Railroading - Then and Now" and is sponsored in part by the South Dakota Humanities Council.

Mills, of Hermosa, South Dakota, is a fifth generation resident of the Black Hills region in western South Dakota, and a lifelong railroad enthusiast. He currently serves as the Director of the South Dakota State Railroad Museum, Ltd. in Hill City, a position he has held since the Museum’s opening in 2010.

Mills wrote and published his first book on railroad history in 1985 while a freshman at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. He has since authored five books on regional railroad history, co-authored and contributed to four other books, produced articles, scripts, and photo essays for history publications and video productions. 

Mills' new publication "Frames of Reference, A South Dakota Railroad Album" will be available for sale at the June 15th program. 

Mills has been involved with programming for South Dakota Public Broadcasting, the History Channel, and the Discovery Channel, and is a presenter for the South Dakota Humanities Council Speakers Bureau.

May 23, 2018

Announcing the South Dakota Chislic Festival!

Uniting heritage and foods at the heart of the “Chislic Circle” of South Dakota lore - we're officially announcing the launch of the “South Dakota Chislic Festival”! 

The festival, celebrating Chislic’s new status as South Dakota’s official “State Nosh”, will take place on Freeman’s Main Street on July 28 from 4 PM to dusk. It will revolve around a judged chislic competition, with top-ranked Chislic recipes receiving cash prizes and trophies. The event will also feature craft beer from across the state, as well as a variety of other activities.

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Open May 1 through September 30

or by appointment

Monday - Friday  10 am-4 pm
Saturday - Sunday  1 pm-5 pm (Please call ahead on Sundays so a volunteer can meet you.)
Wednesday  1 pm or by appointment