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  • 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

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  • 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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