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.
February Family Fun Day at the Tri-State is “Skeletons!”
Sunday, February 21st at 2pm
The Tri-State Museum and Visitor Center will hold a Family Fun Day on Sunday, Feb. 21 at 2 p.m. entitled “Skeletons!” The event will include a short film about human and animal skeletons, a craft and an activity in which students label their bones from a tracing of their body made on a large sheet of paper.
There will also be a drawing for the Seymour Simon book, “Bones” and everyone will get a chance to assemble the museum’s new skeleton floor puzzle as well as look for skeletons in the museum. Refreshments will be served.
Admission to the Family Fun Day is $2 per person or free with museum membership. Reservations are not required but are helpful; call 605-723-1200.
“What Number, Please? The History of Telephones”
February 26th - 4-6pm
The Tri-State Museum and Visitor Center will open a new temporary exhibit on Friday, February 26, with a family-friendly public reception from 4 to 6 p.m. that day.
The exhibit tells the story of the invention of the telephone, how telephony changed through the 20th century and its social as well as technological impact. The history of the local telephone company will also be related. Phones of various vintages, plus items related to telephony will be included in the exhibit, as well as storyboards and photos.
The exhibit will be in place through April 29th.
Admission to the exhibit – as well as to the museum’s permanent collections and the visitor center facilities – is free. The Tri-State Museum and Visitor Center is currently open Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and in the evenings and on weekends for select events.
Photo: The crank and candlestick phones are from the Tri-State Museum and Visitor Center’s collection; more modern phones belong to Kristi Thielen. The “Public Telephone” sign is from the collection of Jerry Ager. At far right: a phone used in the Homestake Mine, during its operation. Telephone books are for Belle Fourche in 1911, 1966, 1971.
Mini exhibit about Rocks and Minerals
Friday, February 12 - April 1st
The Tri-State Museum and Visitor Center will open a mini exhibit entitled “Rocks and Minerals” on Friday, February 12.
The exhibit will include storyboards, photos and rock and mineral specimens, some of which come from the museum’s permanent collections. Included will be information about rocks and minerals found in the Tri-State area. There will also be a microscope for visitors to examine some of the specimens.
Although the exhibit is designed for general visitation, a special effort will be made to make it appealing to children and students. Young visitors can make a paper “fortune teller” containing facts about rocks and minerals, which they can then take home; the student’s book, “Rocks and Minerals: A Gem of a Book!” will also be in the exhibit.
The exhibit will be assembled through the collaborative efforts of Director Kristi Thielen, Assistant Director Jean Maher and Collections Archivist Nicole Carrier. This mini-exhibit is on the shelves in the Visitor Center and will be in place until April 1.
There is no charge to visit the Museum and Visitor Center; current hours are Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.to 4 p.m. For more information about the Tri-State Museum and Visitor Center, please call605-723-1200.
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.
Tri-State Museum and Visitor Center hires new Collections Archivist
PHOTO: New Collections Archivist Nicole Carrier poses next to the doctor’s buggy in the Tri-State Museum and Visitor Center.
The Tri-State Museum and Visitor has expanded its staff to include a Collections Archivist. Nicole Carrier will be tasked with managing the digital archives of the museum’s collections as well as overseeing the contents of the permanent collections and providing artifacts for the mini and temporary exhibits. Carrier will also assist with programming, events and some Visitor Center tasks, including those handled for the Black Hills Roundup.
She holds a B.A. in Environmental Studies from the University of Nevada in Las Vegas, where she was living prior to Belle Fourche. Carrier moved here three months ago and is enthusiastically learning all she can about her new “home town.”
For further information about the Tri-State Museum and Visitor Center, please call 605-723-1200.
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