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Whether our backgrounds are rural or urban, agriculture plays a crucial role in our daily lives. From the food we consume to the clothes we wear to the products we use, agriculture impacts us all. We are asking you to consider a gift to preserve South Dakota's rich agricultural history, provide educational programming for K-12 students, 4-H Clubs, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts. We continue to build award-winning exhibits that educate and inspire.
The South Dakota Agricultural Heritage Museum is more than just a tractor museum.
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.
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.
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.
Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram: @sdAgMuseum.
Visit our museum on the SDSU campus: 977 11 Street, Brookings. We offer free admission!
You can help us succeed in more ways than one! Please share this with anyone you think would support us: on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, by email, telephone, in a chat over the fence, or on your blog.
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Supplies for K-12 school tours or club activities - this may include activities in the museum or an outreach activity.
10 packages of archival photograph sleeves to protect our large photograph collection
12 archival document boxes to preserve manuscripts and photographs
Exhibit Signage Rail Stand - a long stand that holds images and text in front of artifacts within exhibits.
Picture Rail Hanging System - this is useful for installing picture rails within the East Gallery so we can easily install exhibits without damaging the walls.
Sponsor 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 for this project.