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Tri-State Museum, Belle Fourche, SD


For further information about this and upcoming events
at the Tri-State Museum and Visitor Center
please contact Director Kristi Thielen at 605-723-1200.

November First Saturday Brunch features Cowboy Poetry
Saturday, November 5th - 10:00am

The Tri-State’s First Saturday Brunch for November will take place on Saturday, November 5th. The presenter will be cowboy poet and storyteller, Jan Swan Wood. A long-time resident of Newell, Swan writes freelance articles, draws the cartoon “Outtagrass Cattle Company” and writes a weekly column, “The Outside Circle,” for the TriState Livestock News. In 2010, she published her first book; a compilation of cartoons entitled “It’s a Great Life if You Don’t Weaken.”
The brunch will take place at 10 a.m. and is $5 per person or free with museum membership. Wood’s presentation at 10:30 a.m. is free to the public.
For more information about this and upcoming programs and events at the Tri-State Museum and Visitor Center, please call 605-723-1200. The Tri-State is located at 415 Fifth Avenue in Belle Fourche.

Mini-exhibit on “Sugar”
October 8th - January 31st

A new mini-exhibit entitled “Sugar” will open at the Tri-State Museum and Visitor Center on Saturday, October 8. The exhibit will be on the shelves near Center’s front door.

“Sugar” was inspired by an artifact that unexpectedly arrived at the complex; a large wooden sign advertising the U & I Sugar Beet Factory that operated in Belle Fourche from the early days of the 20th century to January of 1965. The sign had been used as a wall in a shed that was dismantled. It was immediately offered to the Tri-State and was cleaned for display.

In addition to the history of the factory, there will be storyboards about the history of sugar and its impact on world culture. There will be a number of archival and contemporary photos, plus artifacts such as sugar sacks, cookbooks and company paperwork, jar labels, a sugar beet knife and an industrial sugar beet fork.

“Sugar” will be in place through January 31st, 2017. The Tri-State Museum and Visitor Center is located at 415 Fifth Avenue in Belle Fourche. It is open Tuesday-Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information about the complex, call 605-723-1200.

Children’s dress-up trunk for interactive play

The Tri-State Museum and Visitor Center now offers a trunk of period-style clothing for child visitors to try on. The trunk includes prairie dresses, skirts and blouses for girls; vests, shirts and knickers for boys. There are also several hats.  Items in the trunk will be changed every few months to provide variety.

The dress-up trunk is being added as a way to provide more hands-on experiences for young visitors to the Tri-State Museum.

The public is invited to stop in at the museum on Friday to see the display; the museum’s hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Tri-State Museum and Visitor Center hires new Collections Archivist

PHOTO: New Collections Archivist Nicole Carrier poses next to the doctor’s buggy in the Tri-State Museum and Visitor Center.

The Tri-State Museum and Visitor has expanded its staff to include a Collections Archivist. Nicole Carrier will be tasked with managing the digital archives of the museum’s collections as well as overseeing the contents of the permanent collections and providing artifacts for the mini and temporary exhibits. Carrier will also assist with programming, events and some Visitor Center tasks, including those handled for the Black Hills Roundup.

She holds a B.A. in Environmental Studies from the University of Nevada in Las Vegas, where she was living prior to Belle Fourche. Carrier moved here three months ago and is enthusiastically learning all she can about her new “home town.”

For further information about the Tri-State Museum and Visitor Center, please call 605-723-1200.



415 5th Avenue
Call for more info 723-1200


The Tri-State Museum is a 4,000 square foot, city-owned and operated, historical museum based out of beautiful Belle Fourche, South Dakota. The museum is located on US-85 in the Northern Black Hills. We are a short drive to major attractions such as Deadwood, Rapid City, Spearfish Canyon, Rocky Point State Park/Orman Dam, Devils Tower, and Mt. Rushmore.

Our museum focuses on the early pioneer, rodeo, and old west history of the Tri-State region of Western South Dakota, Eastern Wyoming and Southeast Montana. The museum houses over 5,000 artifacts, rodeo memorabilia, historical records, antiques, collectibles, fossils, and other items. These include the original 1876 Johnny Spaulding Cabin, artifacts from the early cattle days, artifacts from the Belle Fourche Roundup Rodeo (largest rodeo in South Dakota), and much, much more.

We work closely with the South Dakota State Historical Society, The Adam's Museum and other local organizations such as The Butte County Historical Society, Questers, Lions Club, Golden Hills Antique Club, Northern Hills Retired Teachers, and others.

The museum is very active in the region, helping to promote and host many local activities, educational programs and special events.



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