Germans from Russia
Learn about the Germans from Russia who settled in the Freeman area, including the Mennonites and Hutterites.
Lured by the Homestead Act of 1862, settlers from Lutheran, Reformed, Hutterite, and Mennonite backgrounds brought with them their religious traditions, strong work ethic, and determination to survive the hardships of life on the prairie.
Pioneer stories and artifacts narrate the difficulties of living on the plains and the gradual building up of the community that is now Freeman, SD.
The story of the Germans from Russia who settled in Southeastern South Dakota and the building up of the community of Freeman.
The Archives Library preserves more than 10,000 books, maps, periodicals, documents, and photos pertaining to the local community and beyond.
Sit at a desk in the one-room school house, peer into the Russian oven of an 1879 pioneer home, or admire the simple elegance of two early rural churches in one of the buildings preserved on site.
From old businesses to cars to household items to natural history displays to local artwork, Heritage Hall Museum has a vast variety of artifacts that span everyone's interest areas.
Heritage Hall Museum & Archives has over 20,000 items on display.
The Heritage Hall Museum is dedicated to the preservation of rare artifacts used by our ancestors on the way to our standard of living today. It is our desire to leave a wealth of information for our children's children to understand and learn about and from their ancestors.
Heritage Hall Museum welcomes you as an individual or a larger group. School and tour groups are highly encouraged to visit as our staff offers you a one-of-a-kind guide through the museum.
Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day