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Contact the 1881 Courthouse Museum at 605-673-2443 for information on joining the Custer County Historical Society. Just a few dollars per year helps support the Museum!


1881 Courthouse Museum presents Southern Black Hills history from
 General George Armstrong Custer's 1874 Expedition to today's heritage

Museum Hours: Closed for the Season
See you in May 2022!

Contact Us At: (605) 673-2443 Email: 1881courthousemuseum@gwtc.net
Email Custer County Historical Society: cchstsoc@gwtc.net 
PO Box 826  Custer, SD 57730

Admission Cost: $6 Adults, $12 per family
$2 Students, Active Military Free


Hot off the press! From ancient Native Americans to the gold rush to tourism, the story of Custer City is a rich tale of transformation and adventure
in one remarkable Black Hills valley. Custer newspaperwoman and regional historian Jessie Y. Sundstrom originally published this account in 2002.  
Now Linea Sundstrom has reprinted her mother’s wonderful little book, generously directing all proceeds to the 1881 Courthouse Museum.



2021 Marks 46 Years as a Museum
   Following the announcement in 1973 by Custer County Board of Commissioners
that a new courthouse would be built & the old building retired, the Custer County
Historical Society initiated a petition throughout the county requesting that the old
building be turned over and converted into a museum to preserve the history
of the Southern Black Hills.
   Over the next two years, the transformation of Custer County government took
place and in the year 1975 the new building was complete and the old courthouse was vacant. 
It was that year the museum was born, and serves as the permanent repository of
the vast and fascinating history of Custer County, South Dakota.
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