800 S Cedar St, Freeman, SD 57029
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.
Learn about the Germans from Russia who settled in the Freeman area, including the Mennonites and Hutterites.
The Archives Library preserves more than 10,000 books, maps, periodicals, documents, and photos pertaining to the local community and beyond.
From old businesses to cars to household items to natural history displays to local artwork, Heritage Hall Museum in South Dakota has a vast variety of artifacts that span everyone's interest areas.
Germans from Russia
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.
Open May 1 through September 30
or by appointment
Lured by the Homestead Act of 1862, settlers from Lutheran, Reformed, Hutterite, and Mennonite backgrounds brought with them their religious traditions, strong work ethic, and determination to survive the hardships of life on the prairie.
Pioneer stories and artifacts narrate the difficulties of living on the plains and the gradual building up of the community that is now Freeman, SD.