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Tri-State Museum, Belle Fourche, SD

For further information about this and upcoming events
at the Tri-State Museum and Visitor Center
please contact Director Kristi Thielen at 605-723-1200.

Tri-State Museum and Visitor Center’s March Brunch Presentation is “Incident at Lightning Creek”
March 7, 2015 | 10:00am  

The Tri-State Museum and Visitor Center will hold its March First Saturday Brunch on Saturday, March 7. The speaker will be Wayne Gilbert, giving a presentation entitled “Incident at Lighting Creek.” This famous incident involves a tragic encounter between a band of Lakota and some Wyoming cowboys.

Brunch is served at 10 a.m. and is free to museum members and $5 for non-members. The program begins at 10:30 a.m. and is free to all.

The Tri-State Museum
10th Annual Museum Foundation Banquet
Saturday, March 14 at Belle Fourche Community Hall.

The 2015 banquet is entitled “Having a Dam Good Time – Orman Style!” and celebrates the era in which the Orman Dam was built, as well as the industries, pastimes and events associated with Orman Dam.

The evening will begin at 5:30 p.m. with a social hour, cash bar and silent auction. This will be followed by a steak tip dinner provided by American West Catering and a live auction conducted by Mills Auction Service. Those who attend are encouraged to dress in costumes that reflect the fashions of 1900-1910, but such costumes are not required.

Tickets for the banquet are $30.00 per person and may be purchased at the Tri-State Museum at 415 Fifth Avenue in Belle Fourche.

Proceeds from the banquet go to the Tri-State Museum Foundation Building Fund.

Centerpieces for the event will vary by table and reflect different themes.
These centerpieces note the fireworks displays that took place near Orman Dam,
and a Seed Business that once flourished in that area.

Sunday, March 15th
Family Fun Day entitled “Limericks and Leprechauns.”

The day will include the short film, “Holidays for Children: St. Patrick’s Day,” and a drawing for the children’s book “The Leprechaun Trap.” There will be a craft activity to create rainbow banners, which can be carried during a short St. Patrick’s Day parade through the museum.
All students who attend will receive a free take-home packet of puzzles, games and info about St. Patrick’s Day.

Cost for attending the Family Fun Day is $2 per person or is free for those with museum membership. Reservations are strongly suggested and can be made by calling 723-1200.

Tri-State Museum and Visitor Center adds children’s dress-up trunk for interactive play

The Tri-State Museum and Visitor Center now offers a trunk of period-style clothing for child visitors to try on. The trunk includes prairie dresses, skirts and blouses for girls; vests, shirts and knickers for boys. There are also several hats.  Items in the trunk will be changed every few months to provide variety.

The dress-up trunk is being added as a way to provide more hands-on experiences for young visitors to the Tri-State Museum.

The public is invited to stop in at the museum on Friday to see the display; the museum’s hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

415 5th Avenue
Call for more info 723-1200


The Tri-State Museum is a 4,000 square foot, city-owned and operated, historical museum based out of beautiful Belle Fourche, South Dakota. The museum is located on US-85 in the Northern Black Hills. We are a short drive to major attractions such as Deadwood, Rapid City, Spearfish Canyon, Rocky Point State Park/Orman Dam, Devils Tower, and Mt. Rushmore.

Our museum focuses on the early pioneer, rodeo, and old west history of the Tri-State region of Western South Dakota, Eastern Wyoming and Southeast Montana. The museum houses over 5,000 artifacts, rodeo memorabilia, historical records, antiques, collectibles, fossils, and other items. These include the original 1876 Johnny Spaulding Cabin, artifacts from the early cattle days, artifacts from the Belle Fourche Roundup Rodeo (largest rodeo in South Dakota), and much, much more.

We work closely with the South Dakota State Historical Society, The Adam's Museum and other local organizations such as The Butte County Historical Society, Questers, Lions Club, Golden Hills Antique Club, Northern Hills Retired Teachers, and others.

The museum is very active in the region, helping to promote and host many local activities, educational programs and special events.



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