​​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

Germans from Russia

Learn about the Germans from Russia who settled in the Freeman area, including the Mennonites and Hutterites.

Historic Buildings


Our Mission

​The story of the Germans from Russia who settled in Southeastern South Dakota and the building up of the community of Freeman.


Heritage Hall Museum tells the story of German-Russian immigrants who came to the Dakota Territory in the 1870s.

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 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.