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  10 am- 4  pm or by appointment

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.

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880 S Cedar St

Freeman, SD 57029



​​​May 22, 2019

Second Annual South Dakota Chislic Festival

Uniting heritage and foods at the heart of the “Chislic Circle” of South Dakota lore - the “South Dakota Chislic Festival” is back!

The festival will take place on Freeman’s Prairie Aboretum on July 27 beginning at 9 a.m.. 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 and entertainment.

Learn more here: Event Website and follow on Facebook

  • The Chislic Circle: The Story of How German Settlers Brought Shashlik to South Dakota with Special Guest Marnette from Heritage Hall Museum

Quiz: What do the North Caucasus, Germany, and South Dakota have in common? Yep: MEAT. Today we hear from our wonderful guest Marnette about how a fascinating turn of history led Germans settlers in Russia out to the territory that became South Dakota. And with them they brought the wonderful tradition of shashlik—but with a German accent. That’s right, “chislic,” the little known but GROWING tradition of cooked meat, prairie-style. Our guest is director and archivist for Heritage Hall Museum in Freeman, South Dakota. And she’s a lot of fun, we think you’ll agree.​ PODCAST: https://caucastalk.com/46-2/


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.

Chislic Circle...History, SD Chislic Festival & Shashlik 


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