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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.

Auditions set for Tri-State PerformersHalloween play
"The Perfect Pumpkin"
Octobr 5th 6-8pm

Auditions for the Tri-State Performers Halloween comedy "The Perfect Pumpkin," will take place Tuesday, Oct. 4th and Wednesday, Oct. 5th from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Tri-State Museum and Visitor Center at 415 Fifth Avenue in Belle Fourche.

The 25-minute comedy has eight speaking roles; 5 girls and 3 boys. There are also several nonspeaking roles for younger actors. Students from grade school through high school are encouraged to audition; no prior experience is required and you need not live in Belle Fourche.

The play will perform at the Museum and Visitor Center on Saturday, October 29th at noon. It will follow a morning pumpkin carving event to be held in downtown Belle Fourche. Once the play is concluded, audience members will be encouraged to tour the "Haunted" Johnny Spaulding Cabin.

For further information about the auditions or the performance, please call; 605-723-1200.

First Saturday Brunch features writer and artist collaboration
October 1st 10:00am

The Tri-State Museum and Visitor Center’s First Saturday Brunch for October 1st will be writer Jeannie Hudson and artist Dawn Newland presenting on the act of collaboration and how they joined efforts to create the book, “Mariposa Salvation,” the latest in the “Mariposa” series.

The brunch at 10 a.m. is $5 per person or free with museum membership. The presentation at 10:30 a.m. is free to all. For more information about this and upcoming programs at the Tri-State Museum and Visitor Center, please call 605-723-1200.

Annual Autumn Tea
Tuesday, October 11 at 1 p.m.

The theme for the 2016 event is “Tiny Tea: A Nostalgic Look at Children’s Tea Sets.” Tiny tea sets will be on display in the Visitor Center during the event.

The tea is a unique event in Belle Fourche; it includes lavish table décor, fresh Earl Grey tea and traditional tea items such as scones with Devonshire cream and lime curd, as well as specialty foods such as shrimp snacks, filled sandwiches and wraps, cherry toms, fruit pizza and lemon tarts.

Like previous years, this tea will also include a short program; hostesses will be invited to share memories of their childhood tea sets and tea parties.

Additional promotional information about the tea will be forthcoming in the next few weeks, but the committee is currently seeking hostesses and cooks for the event. Please call 723-1200 for more information about how you can participate.

Funds for this tea will go to the creation of materials for the new Tri-State Museum and Visitor Center program, a theatre troupe called the Tri-State Players. This includes five wooden units that contain fabric panels, and can serve as production backdrops. These units will also be used for exhibits, events and rentals.

Tickets to the tea are $20 and can be obtained at the Visitor Services desk in the Tri-State Museum and Visitor Center.

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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