PIERRE, S.D. – There is a Great Place in South Dakota that honors the Great Faces that have made a significant impact on our culture and our state. It’s the South Dakota Hall of Fame in Chamberlain.
The South Dakota Hall of Fame Museum is free to the public and offers experiences such as the Wells Fargo Theater and interactive computers. Visitors can enjoy displays of Native American artifacts, military memorabilia, and pioneer tools.
At the museum, individuals can learn fascinating facts about famous and influential people from South Dakota including:
- Mary Hart – Known nationally for her work in the news and entertainment media.
- Terry Redlin –Gained worldwide acclaim for his beautiful artistic work portraying nature and American life.
- Tom Brokaw – Nationally recognized for his contribution to media and journalism.
- Al Neuharth – Renowned as the founder of USA TODAY, the Freedom Forum and honored with the Al Neuharth Media Center in Vermillion.
- Sitting Bull – The famous leader of the Hunkpapa Sioux tribe who was a man of vision, and well-respected by all who knew him.
- Crazy Horse – Known as a brave and generous Sioux Indian warrior, he is honored at the Crazy Horse Memorial in the Black Hills of South Dakota.
The South Dakota Hall of Fame was started in 1974 to recognize the leaders of South Dakota who contributed to the development and heritage of the state. It wasn’t until 1996 that the South Dakota Hall of Fame was designated the official Hall of Fame for South Dakota through legislation. It operates as a non-profit, non-governmental organization.
Each fall, an induction ceremony is held announcing up to 15 new members in the South Dakota Hall of Fame. Anyone may nominate an individual, living or deceased for consideration. Each nominee must have lived in South Dakota for a portion of their life.
The South Dakota Hall of Fame is located off I-90 at exit 263. Summer hours, Memorial Day through Labor Day, are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-6 p.m., and on Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Winter hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
For more information about the South Dakota Hall of Fame, please call (800) 697-3130 or (605) 234-4216.
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