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  • Thursday, February 07, 2019 1:29 PM | Museum of South Dakota State Historical Society (Administrator)

    The Association of South Dakota Museums supports and acknowledges outstanding contributions to the museum field. Members of ASDM are invited to nominate individuals or museums for the Excellence in Exhibits, Excellence in Leadership, or Excellence in Community Programming or Collaboration awards.

    • The Excellence in Exhibits Award is awarded to museums for work in exhibitions during the past year. Nominations should include general exhibit information for the nominated exhibit and an explanation of the significance, success and/or innovation of the exhibit.

    • The Excellence in Leadership Award is given to individuals for work that exemplifies dedication and leadership in the South Dakota museum field during the past year. Nominations should outline the achievements and contributions of the nominee in relation to the South Dakota museum community.

    • The Excellence in Community Programming or Collaboration Award is given to museums for work in the past year that reflects the spirit of community engagement. Nominations should highlight efforts that engage your community, create new audiences for the South Dakota community, or collaborate with community partners in an innovative and successful way. These projects could include but are not limited to interpretive exhibitions, lecture series, programming, or community collaboration.

    Awards are only available to ASDM members museums, their staff, board members, and volunteers. [Learn more about memberships here: ] Award winners will be acknowledged at ASDM’s annual meeting, on social media and on the ASDM website and newsletter. Only one award per year is given in each category and not all categories may be awarded every year. Please submit this nomination form along with:

    • A 500-word essay explaining the nomination.
    • Exhibition materials if applicable.
    • Photos illustrating or supporting the nomination, if applicable.
    • Two support letters for the nomination.

    Nominations Forms: Award Nomination Form PDF.pdf or Award Nomination Form Word.docx

    Submit nomination materials in electronic form to:
    Tawa Ducheneaux, ASDM Awards Chair
    PDF and JPEG formats are preferred

    Questions? Call (605) 455-606


  • Wednesday, February 06, 2019 1:20 PM | Museum of South Dakota State Historical Society (Administrator)

    The ASDM grant application for 2019 is below. Please consider applying for a grant for projects in your institution. Grant deadline is April 1, 2019. 

    Grant Application in Word.docx

    Grant Application in PDF.pdf

    Grant Application Guidelines


                The Association of South Dakota Museums (ASDM) believes that museums have an irreplaceable role in South Dakota as guardians of our cultural and natural history legacies. They are vital educational resources and drivers of economic prosperity. Museums add greatly to the quality of life for South Dakotans. ASDM supports its organizational members through grants which are designed to help museums of all sizes, types and budgets fulfill their important missions.


                ASDM grants can be awarded to any ASDM Institutional Member who has an eligible 501c3 status.

                Grant applications will be considered in two institutional budget categories – Large (over $75,000 annual budget) and Small – (under $75,000 annual budget). Every effort will be made to award ASDM grant monies to institutions in each budget category but this is not guaranteed. Grant awards are determined on the merit of each application. In any given year the winning applications may come from either or both budget categories.


    - Applicants MUST BE CURRENT ASDM INSTITUTIONAL MEMBERS and have a qualifying 501c3 status, be a government entity or other IRS-recognized charitable organization. 

    - Grant projects must meet the standards set forth in the ASDM Grant Project Standards (below).

    - A 1-to-1 grant match is required. In-kind services can be used to meet the grant match.

    - Institutions may submit only one application per year. Grant winners are not eligible to reapply for three years after receiving an ASDM grant.

    - Grant recipients are required to complete their grant-funded project within twelve months of the date awarded.

    - Recipients must submit a follow up report on the grant project no later than May 30th of the next calendar year to ASDM for use in marketing materials, newsletter or website.


    Applications must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. MST for consideration.

    Notification of awards will be made within the following month.


                The scope and variety of grant projects is wide, but winning projects must demonstrate practical standards for museum improvement.

                ASDM will consider grants for the following types of projects:

    general collections care; public programming; critical maintenance projects; exhibit design and development; collections storage; improved technology; collections consultants; staff training; security issues.

                This list is not exhaustive, and ASDM will consider other projects and encourages creativity in applicants for funding.

                ASDM will not consider grants for:

     General operating support; fundraising events; food or catering services; staff salaries or stipends; travel expenses; cosmetic building improvements. Regranting ASDM monies is not allowed.


                No ASDM grant award will exceed $500. Recipients may be awarded partial grant funding less than the total amount requested in their application. The number of awards granted each year will vary as funding is determined by ASDM’s annual revenue, which may fluctuate. 


                Applications will be reviewed by a committee of peer reviewers using a written rubric to score each application. The committee will make recommendations for grant awards to the ASDM Board. The Board will make final decisions and approval of grants via a board vote. Any grant reviewers or board members from organizations submitting grant applications will abstain from the selection process.  Applicants will be notified of their status within thirty days of the grant deadline. Successful applicants will be announced at the annual ASDM conference.

  • Thursday, December 06, 2018 11:34 AM | Museum of South Dakota State Historical Society (Administrator)

    Session proposals for the Mountain-Plains Museum Association Conference to be held in Albuquerque NM September 22-25, 2019 are now being accepted on the MPMA website. To submit a proposal, go to The MPMA Conference is well worth attending - and will be in Sioux Falls in 2020! Plan now to join your museum colleagues in Albuquerque in 2019 and in Sioux Falls in 2020. 

    Ronette Rumpca

    President, ASDM

  • Friday, August 03, 2018 2:39 PM | Adam Nyhaug


    Dress Historian/Researcher is pursuing research in the recent and historic First Ladies of South Dakota and other women engaged in the political realm.  This scholar seeks to research extant Inaugural Gowns, accessories, and any pertinent information relating to the wearer.  Researcher is also interested in Gowns that were worn by other women in politics at inaugurations or as activists.  Please contact Professor Leon Wiebers at  Wiebers is a native of Centerville, SD and an Augustana Alumnus who currently teaches at Loyola Marymount University and is a Fulbright Scholar. 


  • Tuesday, May 22, 2018 1:42 PM | Museum of South Dakota State Historical Society (Administrator)

    Join your museum colleagues at the Mountain-Plains Museum Association conference in Billings, MT Sept 11-15, 2018. The Association of SD Museums offers a scholarship (basic conference registration plus $400 for expenses) to  ASDM members or those who work/volunteer in ASDM member institutions. The deadline for applications is June 8, 2018.

    Applications must be done online. Go to and click on conference scholarships. There is an online application and then supporting material - a resume, essay and one letter of recommendation - must be submitted as well.  This is a great opportunity to participate in a great regional museum conference. Come to Billings!

  • The South Dakota Hall of Fame will be hosting the 2019 ASDM conference in Chamberlain, South Dakota. The date and schedule for the conference are to be determined. See you in Chamberlain!

  • Sunday, April 22, 2018 4:29 PM | Adam Nyhaug

    There are only a few days left to register for the Annual Conference. Be sure to check out all the details on our EVENTS page!

  • Reid L. Riner, formerly of Hill City, SD, died Friday, March 2, in a traffic accident near Phoenix, AZ.

    Reid was born in Wichita, KS on Aug. 24, 1966. He graduated from Rapid City Stevens High School, and then obtained a degree in History at the University of South Dakota in 1988. He graduated with his Master’s Degree in Public History from Arizona State University at Tempe in 1993.

    Reid worked for the Salt River Project in Arizona from 1988-92, and then at the headquarters of UHaul in Phoenix, where he met his future wife, Terri Lake, from 1994-2004. They were married in 1995. Their son Mitchell was born in 1997, and the couple moved to the Black Hills in 2004 when Reid became director of the Minnilusa Historical Association, one of the collections at the Journey Museum & Learning Center in Rapid City. There he touched many lives around Rapid City and the Black Hills, becoming a recognized authority on the history of the region. He was generous with his time and always ready to share what he knew as a frequent speaker for local civic and historical groups. He coached baseball in Hill City, and served on the board of directors for the Boys and Girls Club of the Black Hills in Hill City.

    In 2015 Reid and Terri purchased a home in Marana, AZ near Terri’s parents’ home. Terri started teaching nearby and Reid joined her in Arizona in 2017, less than a year before his untimely death.

    Reid is survived by his wife and son; his parents Al and Linda Riner (formerly of Rapid City, SD, now of Kerrville, TX); his sister Camille Riner, brother-in-law Paul Horsted and niece Anna Marie Riner of Custer, S.D.; his grandmother Anne Loggie of Kerrville, TX; his mother-in-law and father-in-law Joan and Dan Christensen; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

    No public services are planned according to the wishes of the family.

    Memorials in Reid’s memory may be made to the Minnilusa Historical Association, 222 New York St., Rapid City, SD 57701. Condolences sent to the Minnilusa will be forwarded to Reid’s family.

  • Wednesday, December 06, 2017 10:12 AM | Adam Nyhaug

    The Facebook page is another great place to share stories, post events, or ask questions! 

  • Tuesday, June 20, 2017 10:33 AM | Adam Nyhaug

    We were very happy to issue our first ever ASDM awards at our conference this past weekend. The award winners were:

    Excellence in Exhibits: South Dakota Agricultural Heritage Museum in Brookings for their exhibit "The Unspun Tale: Sheep in South Dakota."

    Excellence in Community Programming or Collaboration: Custer County 1881 Courthouse Museum & Custer County Sheriff Rick Wheeler for collaborating on the exhibit "Frontier Justice."


    Excellence in Leadership (tie): Sue Gates, Director, Dacotah Prairie Museum, Aberdeen

    Excellence in Leadership (tie): Reid Riner, Director, Minnilusa Historical Association, Rapid City


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