Tri-State Museum, Belle Fourche, SD

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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.

Mini exhibit “Under Lock and Key”
Saturday, July 18, when the museum and visitor center opens at 9 a.m.

The exhibit is located on the shelves in the Center of the Nation Visitor Center and consists of photos, storyboards and artifacts. It relates the development of locks and keys from their origin in ancient Egypt and up to modern times. There is also a storyboard about a key that once belonged to Belle Fourche doctor, J. L. Chassell.

Artifacts include keys and locks from a collection owned by Belle Fourche resident Jerry Ager.

The exhibit was conceived by Assistant Director Jean Maher and written by Director Kristi Thielen. Photo curation was done by Sarah Maher.

This exhibit will be on display through August. For additional information about “Under Lock and Key” please call Kristi Thielen at 723-1200.

August First Saturday Brunch
Saturday, August 1st.

The speakers will be Linda Wiley and Richard Wells, in a presentation about the Quarnberg and Wendelken families and their history in Dakota Territory.

Brunch is served at 10 a.m. and is free to museum members and $5 for non-members. The program begins at 10:30 a.m. and is free to all. For further information about this and upcoming First Saturday Brunches, please contact Kristi Thielen at 723-1200.

Family Fun Day entitled “A Day for Dinosaurs”
July 19th from 2 to 4 p.m.

Paleontologist Walter Stein will give a family-friendly presentation about dino fossils in the Tri-State Museum.

Also:   “Bill Nye the Science Guy” film about dinosaurs  * Drawing for pop-up book, “Dinosaur Museum”   *Crafts to make a dino book mark and a Stracosaurus Mask *Free take-home packet about dinos, for each child.

$2 per person or FREE with museum membership. Reservations suggested: 723-1200.

Series of 4 Gardening Classes for Children
June13, June 20, July 18 & July 25

The classes are for students in rising K-4th grade and take place on four Saturdays: June 13 and 20 and July 18 and 25. Each class is from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Students will plant in the containers on the museum's lawns and in a mini-garden in the front of the building. Classes will also include crafts, activities and experiments on subjects such as soils, trees, the water cycle, insects and identifying fruits versus vegetables.

Cost per student for the 4 classes is $20 but are free to those with family membership. Individual classes are $6 per child. (Students may sign up for individual classes, but the actual planting of the gardens will take place on June 13 only.)

Class size is limited so instructors can give each student quality time. Call 723-1200 to register or if you have further questions.

“BOOM! The History of Fireworks.”
Temporary Exhibit to Open June 26th

The exhibit is entitled “BOOM! The History of Fireworks”. The exhibit will include storyboards about the development of firecrackers and fireworks, from their origin in ancient China to their further development in Europe and the United States. There will also be photographs of fireworks, taken by local photographers, Milo Dailey, Sarah Maher and Jodie Baxendale.

The centerpiece of the exhibit will be a storyboard and photos about Fritz Carlson, the “Fireworks Guy” of Belle Fourche.
The exhibit was conceived and written by Museum and Visitor Center Director Kristi Thielen, with photo and artifact curation by Assistant Director Jean Maher.

There is no admission to see the exhibit.

For additional information about “BOOM!” please call Kristi Thielen at 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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