The South Dakota Museum Archives

What Will You Find in the Archives?

Stepping into the Heritage Hall Archives in Freeman, South Dakota is  like opening a forgotten box of treasures. You never know what you might  find! The Archives serves as a repository for the greater Freeman  community's historical records--the paper trail that proves our  existence and gives evidence to the lives that have shaped this  community. 

We have an impressive collection of books that tell the stories of the Germans from Russia that settled this region, with a large selection relating specifically to the Mennonites and Hutterites. There are also songbooks, Bibles, and books about the towns, churches, schools, businesses, and other organizations represented in this area.

Some of the most popular books in our archives are the genealogies and biographies.  We have resources representing over 100 different surnames from the  greater Freeman area! We also have a large collection of obituaries.

For those who wish to dig deeper, there are also numerous one-of-a-kind resources such as diaries, record books, documents, unpublished papers and more, in addition to many maps, charts, directories, area newspapers and other publications. Some of these items have not been translated from their original German, their secrets still untold!

History comes to life as we peer into the faces of those who lived before us, and our collection includes many old photographs of local families, schools, churches, businesses, and community events. We also have a wall display featuring portraits of individuals who were born in Russia and immigrated to this area in the latter part of the 19th century.

Archive Hours

The Archives are open to the public on Wednesdays from  10 a.m.-4 p.m. or by appointment. We welcome researchers and our archivist is available to assist you. Stop by and let us help you unlock YOUR history!

Welcome to Heritage Hall Museum & Archives 


Summer Hours:
May through September
Monday - Friday 9 am-4 pm
Weekends 1-4 pm

Winter Hours:
October through April
Monday - Friday 12-4 pm
(Closed all weekends and holidays.)  

The Archivist is available Monday-Friday or by appointment.