27
Jun
11

Riverwatch: State’s historic artifacts, documents still safe in Cultural Heritage Center

Pierre and Fort Pierre are experiencing a flood, but officials with the South Dakota State Historical Society want the public to know that the precious historic artifacts and documents of our state’s past are safe and sound in the Cultural Heritage Center.

“The Cultural Heritage Center – like nearly all Pierre/Fort Pierre businesses – is open for business as usual,” said Jay D. Vogt, society director. “The Heritage Center is built into the side of a hill, northeast of the state Capitol and far away from the Missouri River and the flooding it has caused.”

Not only is the Cultural Heritage Center open, but the museum is open extended hours during the summer for visitors to see South Dakota history on display. Through Labor Day in September, the museum is open 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m. CDT Monday-Saturday and 1-4:30 p.m. Sundays and holidays (including the Fourth of July).

The featured exhibit this summer is “South Dakota’s First Century of Flight,” highlighting 100 years of aviation history in the state.

Visitors can also utilize the various holdings the society has in the archives at the Cultural Heritage Center. The public research room is open 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday and the first Saturday of each month.

Vogt also encouraged people who have photos or videos of the current flood to submit them to the society for posterity.

“This flood, like the one in 1952, is a major event that, as we like to say around here, will go down in history,” Vogt said.

For more information on the State Historical Society, visit http://www.history.sd.gov or call (605) 773-6000.

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