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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.

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.



First Saturday Brunch
“About the Geology of the Northern Hills and Plains”
Saturday, February 6th

The Tri-State Museum and Visitor Center’s First Saturday Brunch for Saturday, February 6th is entitled “About the Geology of the Northern Hills and Plains.”

The presenter is professor emeritus Alvis Lisenbee of SDSM&T’s Department of Geology and Geological Engineering Department. Dr. Lisenbee works with students in summer field classes and in graduate research; he and his students have studied many aspects of Black Hills geology, including mountain formation and the source of gold deposits in the northern Hills.

The brunch at 10 a.m. is free to museum membership and $5 for nonmembers. The presentation at 10:30 is free to the public.

For further information about First Saturday Brunch or other programs and exhibits at the Tri-State Museum and Visitor Center, call 605-723-1200.

February Family Fun Day at the Tri-State is “Skeletons!”
Sunday, February 21st at 2pm

The Tri-State Museum and Visitor Center will hold a Family Fun Day on Sunday, Feb. 21 at 2 p.m. entitled “Skeletons!” The event will include a short film about human and animal skeletons, a craft and an activity in which students label their bones from a tracing of their body made on a large sheet of paper.

There will also be a drawing for the Seymour Simon book, “Bones” and everyone will get a chance to assemble the museum’s new skeleton floor puzzle as well as look for skeletons in the museum. Refreshments will be served.

Admission to the Family Fun Day is $2 per person or free with museum membership. Reservations are not required but are helpful; call 605-723-1200.

Mini exhibit about Rocks and Minerals
Friday, February 12 - April 1st

The Tri-State Museum and Visitor Center will open a mini exhibit entitled “Rocks and Minerals” on Friday, February 12.

The exhibit will include storyboards, photos and rock and mineral specimens, some of which come from the museum’s permanent collections. Included will be information about rocks and minerals found in the Tri-State area. There will also be a microscope for visitors to examine some of the specimens.

Although the exhibit is designed for general visitation, a special effort will be made to make it appealing to children and students. Young visitors can make a paper “fortune teller” containing facts about rocks and minerals, which they can then take home; the student’s book, “Rocks and Minerals: A Gem of a Book!” will also be in the exhibit.

The exhibit will be assembled through the collaborative efforts of Director Kristi Thielen, Assistant Director Jean Maher and Collections Archivist Nicole Carrier. This mini-exhibit is on the shelves in the Visitor Center and will be in place until April 1.

There is no charge to visit the Museum and Visitor Center; current hours are Monday-Friday, 10 4 p.m. For more information about the Tri-State Museum and Visitor Center, please call605-723-1200.

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.

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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