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Whether our backgrounds are rural or urban, agriculture plays a crucial role in our daily lives. It is from the food we consume to the clothes we wear to the products we use. We are asking you to consider a gift to preserve South Dakota's rich agricultural history, to provide educational programming for all ages and to build award-winning exhibits that educate and inspire.
The South Dakota Agricultural Heritage Museum is dedicated to inspiring passion for the diverse history, culture, and science of agriculture in South Dakota. As the state’s official repository of agricultural history, the museum collects history as it happens, introducing science, technology, and engineering into its exhibits and programs. It tells the story of rural life in South Dakota. The museum has a solid baseline of funding but needs additional support to grow.
We preserve our agricultural history. from the moment humans domesticated plants and animals, spanning onward to the modern technology of the present, we preserve and display the many facets of agriculture in South Dakota.
We explain the science. Our exhibits and programming focus on agriculture, but they also teach about the science, technology, engineering, and math steeped within it.
We showcase rural life. There are folk traditions and a special culture found within the of production of food and fiber in South Dakota. We document and share the stories of the families and communities that make agriculture in our state unique.
We envision a museum where the community comes together to share, explore, and learn about agriculture in South Dakota, past and present. Less than 7% of South Dakotans are farmers, the museum is about connecting diverse audiences to the important role agriculture plays in their daily lives through educational programming and exhibits. The museum’s archives and artifacts documents how agriculture has shaped our society in South Dakota and connecting us to our past. Be part of it!
Each donation helps support the expenses of three main areas: preserving the collection, educational programming, and exhibits (in-house and online). Here are examples of your donations at work.
• $80 - Supplies for a club activity or school tour
• $100 - 10 packages of archival photograph sleeves
• $250 - 12 archival document boxes
• $500 - Exhibit signage stand
• $1000 – Video editing of a documentary
• $3500 - Sponsorship of one student for 320 hours, digitizing the photograph collection
• $5,000 – Design of an interactive kiosk
The South Dakota Agricultural Heritage Museum is the official repository of agricultural history in South Dakota. Our mission is to inspire a passion for the history, culture, and science of agriculture in South Dakota. Our vision is to preserve agricultural history while connecting multi-generational audiences to the importance of agriculture in our daily lives. We are a small, dedicated team: Gwen McCausland (Director), Carrie Van Buren (Collections Coordinator), Sarah Jacobs (Education Coordinator), and Michelle Glanzer (Patron Services Coordinator). We also hire SDSU students and receive support from volunteers who help us carry out our mission.
Want to learn more and stay up-to-date? Check out our website: www.AgMuseum.com.
Visit our museum on the SDSU campus: 977 11 Street, Brookings. We offer free admission!
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Seeds -- A gift at this level supplies materials for K-12 school tours or club activities - this may include activities in the museum or an outreach activity.
Breaking Plow -- A gift at this level will contribute 10 packages of archival photograph sleeves to protect our large photograph collection.
2 Cylinder Tractor -- A gift at this level provides 12 archival document boxes to preserve manuscripts and photographs.
Skid Steer -- A gift at this level provides us the budget for supplies to print informative content for an exhibit.
Steam Engine -- A gift at this amount provides us a the budget to edit a documentary related to the things we're passionate about.
Threshing Machine -- A gift at this amount sponsors one student for 320 hours, digitizing the photograph collection. Our goal is to upload more images to the Digital Library of South Dakota, but we need additional help to complete this project.
Combine Harvester -- A gift at this level covers the cost of design for an interactive kiosk within the museum.