The South Dakota State Historical Society is a place to explore South Dakota’s history. It manages five programs: archaeology, archives, historic preservation, museum, and research and publishing. The museum exhibitions in three permanent galleries capture the spirit of the people. From the Northern Plains Indians to gutsy homesteaders, they tell the story of South Dakota from its time before statehood through its history in the 21st century. An highlight exhibition is The Great Sioux Horse Effigy, which featured a dance stick on loan from National Museum of the American Indian.