The Journey That Built A South Dakota Community
Three Groups, One Story: Freeman Film Captures Story of Local Immigrant
Featured in The Yankton Daily Press & Dakotan
The German-Russians were often treated like strangers in their own land. After moving from country to country, many of them settled in the Freeman area of southeast South Dakota. The German-Russians included three Anabaptist groups — Hutterite, Swiss Amish and Low German Mennonites — who arose from the Protestant Reformation of the 1500s.
BY RANDY DOCKENDORF
Heritage Hall Museum and Archives strives to preserve, educate and foster appreciation for the diverse natural and cultural history of the greater Freeman area, settled largely by Germans from Russia in the 1870s.
Heritage Hall Museum welcomes individuals and families, as well as school and tour groups. Large groups are encouraged to call ahead to arrange for guides as needed.
May through September
Monday - Friday 9 am-4 pm
Weekends 1-4 pm
October through April
Monday - Friday 12-4 pm
(Closed all weekends and holidays.)
The Archivist is available Monday-Friday or by appointment.
Heritage Hall Museum in Freeman is a South Dakota museum which tells the story of the German-Russian immigrants and others who settled in Southeastern Dakota territory in the 1870s.