The South Dakota Hall of Fame is housed in a beautiful building sitting on the banks of the Missouri River in Chamberlain, South Dakota. Inside you’ll find the stories of hundreds of influential South Dakotans, which showcase the great works being done by people in the Mount Rushmore state.
While the Hall of Fame was established in 1974, it was in 1996 that the state legislature designated the South Dakota Hall of Fame in Chamberlain as the official Hall of Fame for South Dakota. It is a non-profit organization that has a board of directors and a full-time staff who stand behind the mission of the organization.
The South Dakota Hall of Fame offers the opportunity for visitors to learn more about the people that make up the Great Faces of the state’s Great Places. It’s an interesting place for kids too, with interactive displays and trivia about inductees.
Each year, up to 15 people are inducted into one of five established categories: professional, arts & entertainment, historical, general, and sports. The 2013 induction ceremony took place on September 14, when 10 individuals were inducted into the Hall of Fame.
The 2013 inductees included Miles Beacom, Ruth Brennan, Bernard Christenson, Shirley Halleen, William “Bill” Janklow, Dr. Dennis Knutson, Pat Lebrun, Thomas Louis Lillibridge, Jerry Shoener, and Charles “Chuck” Trimble. The Hall of Fame’s website gives a complete biography for each person inducted.
Notable faces that have been inducted to the Hall of Fame over the years include Mary Hart, Terry Redlin, Tom Brokaw, Al Neuharth, and Crazy Horse.
It’s a great place to stop to learn more about the state’s diverse set of people who have contributed to the progress of the state, shaped the way of life and values for South Dakotans, and to simply honor those who have forged the way with their leadership, professionalism, and values.
The South Dakota Hall of Fame is located just off Interstate-90 at Exit 263. Visitors are able to come year round. Memorial Day through Labor Day hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Winter hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Adjacent, and within very close walking distance, is the South Dakota Veteran’s Park. The goal of the site is to honor all South Dakota military veterans and active duty personnel for their service. The park will continue to develop over the next few years.