BROOKINGS - The South Dakota Sheep Growers Association awarded the 2017 Shepherd’s Award to the South Dakota Agricultural Heritage Museum for its exhibit, “The Unspun Tale: Sheep in South Dakota.” The exhibit told the past, present and future story of sheep production in the state.



“The South Dakota Sheep Growers selected the South Dakota Agricultural Heritage Museum as this year’s award winner because of its outstanding documentation and presentation of the sheep industry in South Dakota,” said Rufus DeZeeuw, president of the S.D. Sheep Growers board.



“We are very honored and humbled to receive the Shepherd’s Award,” Gwen McCausland, director of the South Dakota Agricultural Heritage Museum, said. “We set out to create exhibits and educational programming that makes a difference in our community, but it is hard to quantify. Based on the comments we have received from museum patrons and sheep producers, this exhibit connected with audiences more than we had anticipated. It set the bar high.”

More than 12,000 visitors viewed the exhibit while it was on display at the South Dakota Agricultural Heritage Museum from April 29, 2016-Oct. 1, 2017. 

South Dakota Agricultural Heritage Museum

The South Dakota Agricultural Heritage Museum’s mission is to inspire a passion for the diverse history, culture and science of agriculture in South Dakota. It is the official state museum for preserving the history of agriculture and rural life of South Dakota and a department of South Dakota State University. It is located in the historic Stock Judging Pavilion on the SDSU campus at 977 11th Street in Brookings. The museum is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call (605) 688-6226 or visit www.agmuseum.com.



South Dakota Sheep Growers Association


Founded in 1979, the South Dakota Sheep Growers Association is the trade association for sheep producers of South Dakota, representing both farm flocks and range operations. It focuses on lamb and fiber promotion statewide, and provides educational events to keep members and the public updated on issues affecting the sheep industry. For more information, visit www.sdsheepgrowers.org.

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About South Dakota State University

Founded in 1881, South Dakota State University is the state’s Morrill Act land-grant institution as well as its largest, most comprehensive school of higher education. SDSU confers degrees from six different colleges representing more than 200 majors, minors and specializations. The institution also offers 36 master’s degree programs, 15 Ph.D. and two professional programs.

The work of the university is carried out on a residential campus in Brookings, at sites in Sioux Falls, Pierre and Rapid City, and through Extension offices and Agricultural Experiment Station research sites across the state.

The South Dakota Agricultural Heritage Museum received the 2017 Shepherd’s Award from the South Dakota Sheep Growers at its convention recently held at the Days Inn in Brookings. Receiving the award from the South Dakota Agricultural Heritage Museum were, from left, Diane Drake, Gwen McCausland, Lynne O’Neill, Carrie Van Buren, Michelle Glanzer and Dawn Stephens. Photo courtesy of Darrell Deneke.

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