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Feeling Festive at the Tri-State Museum

  • It’s a festive vintage and gingerbread Themed Christmas at the Tri-State!
    It’s a festive vintage and gingerbread Themed Christmas at the Tri-State!
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Tri-State Museum

The Tri-State Museum and Visitor Center always decorates for the holidays. This year, the museum has two themes at play in their seasonal décor – gingerbread and vintage Christmas decorations.

The gingerbread theme was inspired by a gift made to the Tri-State by Johanna Meier, who owns and operates the doll museum in Spearfish. In early 2018, Meier gave the museum her gingerbread house collection and it is now on display in the Visitor Center.

To echo this theme, the Visitor Center tree has been trimmed in gingerbread décor. Small, lighted wreaths with a gingerbread centerpiece are displayed in the room around it.

Meanwhile, the décor in the museum is especially nostalgic. Holiday items, donated by the Babb family, are making a special appearance this year. Ornate balls in retro colors hang from trees in the mercantile and “Our Downtown: Belle Fourche through the Years” exhibits. Classic winter figures, such as snow-covered skiers and Christmas shoppers, have been placed within swags of greenery, red velvet bows and sparkly garland in little groupings throughout the museum.

The vintage décor and gingerbread collection display join a festive exhibit that was installed in early November: Fairie Houses. This fanciful exhibit includes photos and storyboards about the growing hobby of fairy house building. The exhibit also has examples of whimsical fairy houses on shelves glowing with fairy lights.

The Tri-State Performers will present a family-friendly play, “The Christmas Goose,” Dec. 14 and 15, at 7 p.m. This short comedy is set in 1915. It details the frustrations of girls in a Norwegian-American family in Aberdeen, South Dakota who must deal with a naughty younger brother, named Lars. Museum theatre typically has an educational component to it – the nine young actors have learned about Norwegian-American Christmas customs, Norwegian immigration to the U.S. and the history of 1915.

The CON Brass Quintet will have a short musical concert before the Dec. 14 performance. Tickets to the play are $2, or free with museum membership.

The Tri-State Gift store is featuring novel Christmas décor, such as snowmen, rag dolls, teddy bears and candles, as well as books, science kits for kids, jewelry, scarves, purses and other novelties. Shopping in the store supports the Tri-State’s on-going programming.

The Tri-State Museum and Visitor Center is open Tuesday to Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. It is located at 415 Fifth Avenue in Belle Fourche.

**Please Note: The museum will be closed for the New Year's holiday Dec. 30, 2019 to Jan. 1, 2019. The museum will also be closed for cleaning Jan. 2 to 4, 2019 for cleaning.

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