The Unspun Tale: Sheep in South Dakota

April 2016-October 1, 2017

South Dakota is fifth in the nation for sheep production. It plays a vital role in South Dakota’s agricultural economy, but is often overlooked. This exhibit explores South Dakota sheep production, past and present. The museum staff gathered oral histories, family photographs, and artifacts from all corners of South Dakota to enrich the exhibit’s interpretation. There are hands-on activities for all ages to try to enrich the visitor’s experience.

“We want this exhibit to speak to an audience that has no prior knowledge of the sheep industry,” stated Gwen McCausland, director. “We hope this exhibit brings awareness to how important the sheep industry is for South Dakota and for the rest of the nation.”

Visitors will learn:

  • The elements that make South Dakota a great state in which to raise sheep
  • The difference between range and farm flock production
  • The process of wool: from pasture to a finished garment
  • The different cuts of meat and ways to cook lamb
  • The future of the sheep industry

The Unspun Tale: Sheep in South Dakota is made possible by generous donations provided by the South Dakota Sheep Growers Association, Clarkson Family Foundation, The Shepherd’s Gift: GM1 for HD, Brookings Fiberworks Guild and other private donors.