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The Unspun Tale: Sheep in South Dakota

The Unspun Tale: Sheep in South Dakota

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. The Unspun Tale: Sheep in South Dakota exhibit explored South Dakota sheep production, past and present. It was on display from April 2016 to Oct. 1, 2017. 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.

The exhibit discussed:

  • 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.