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Heritage Center to Participate in Smithsonian Museum Day
South Dakota Ag Connection - 09/14/2018

On Sept. 22, all visitors to the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre will be welcomed free of charge courtesy of Smithsonian magazine.

This is the 14th anniversary of the event across the nation, and the sixth since the Museum of the South Dakota State Historical Society became a Smithsonian Affiliate.

The event represents the Smithsonian's commitment to make museums accessible to everyone across all 50 states by providing free admission to patrons, like the admissions policy of Smithsonian museums in Washington, D.C. Last year's event drew more than 200,000 visitors nationwide, and 2018 promises to be even bigger.

"We are delighted to participate in this program with our partners at the Smithsonian and many other museums around the nation," said Jay Smith, museum director. "It will be great to see thousands of people taking advantage of this unique opportunity to visit some of the best museums in the world, and we are proud to stand alongside so many of our colleagues participating in this project."

The museum at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre became an Affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution in January 2013.

On Sept. 22, the museum will also be conducting its annual "Traditional Arts Day" program with American Indian artists demonstrating their craft activities from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. CDT. There will also be a showing of the Smithsonian Channel film "Pocahontas: Beyond the Myth" at 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

Visitors to the Museum of the South Dakota State Historical Society will be admitted free of charge on Sept. 22, but if they want to visit other participants in Museum Day, visitors merely need to visit Smithsonian.com/museumday, fill out a short form, and they will receive free tickets to the Cultural Heritage Center and other participating institutions.

Museum Day tickets are valid on Sept. 22 only. At the Cultural Heritage Center, kids 17 and under are always admitted for free.

"This is a great opportunity to come out and enjoy Traditional Arts Day," said Jay D. Vogt, director of the South Dakota State Historical Society. "People can also visit the 'Spirit of the 70s' exhibit, which has proven to be quite popular over the summer."

The museum is open from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. CDT Monday through Saturday, and 1-4:30 p.m. on Sundays and most holidays. Call 605-773-3458 for more information about exhibits, special events and upcoming activities.

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