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Free Museum Honoring South Dakotans


PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Hall of Fame Museum, in Chamberlain, is a non-profit, non-governmental organization recognizing South Dakotans who stand above the rest.
“The museum offers many unique educational opportunities for both children and adults,” said Kathy Brown, Executive Director. “Tour groups, families, school groups and individuals can enjoy interactive features of the museum while learning about the impact that these important personalities have had on today’s culture and our state.”
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 media.
Terry Redlin – Has 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 Museum is free to the public and offers experiences such as the Wells Fargo Theater, interactive computers, Native American artifacts and other displays.

“Each year we hold an introductory ceremony that brings in people from all over the country,” continued Brown. “While they are here, they also can enjoy camping and other outdoor recreational activities, along with downtown shops and restaurants. The museum has a lot to offer and we welcome groups and individuals to stop in and take a look.”
For more information about the South Dakota Hall of Fame, please call (800) 697-3130 or (605) 234-4216 or email
The In Your Own Backyard series is a project of the South Dakota Office of Tourism designed to highlight unique areas and attractions all across South Dakota. Click on the special “In Your Own Backyard” link at to access the complete list of articles.
The In Your Own Backyard series is part of Goal 1 of the 2010 Initiative to double visitor spending in South Dakota. The Office of Tourism serves under the direction of Richard Benda, Secretary of the Department of Tourism and State Development.