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Membership Levels & Benefits

The 2012 CWS membership drive is underway!

Members provide the majority of financial support for the operation of the Center for Western Studies.  The Center receives annual financial gifts from hundreds of individuals, families, and businesses.

Please consider becoming a member today to help the Center continue fulfilling its mission of preserving and interpreting the history and cultures of the Northern Plains. Every contribution matters! Join Now!

Printable membership reply card here.

Bob Wright

Membership Levels:

Contributor -- $50-$99
Explorer -- $100-$249
Partner -- $250-$499
Scout -- $500-$999
Pioneer -- $1,000-$2,499
Ranger -- $2,500-$4,999
Westerner -- $5,000+


There is no charge to visit our museum and art galleries or use our research library

All members receive the following benefits:
1) CWS Newsletter 3 times per year

2) Invitations to events and gallery receptions

3) Boe Forum Priority* tickets (guaranteed when reserved by deadline) 
    *Priority floor seating is immediately behind VIP seating (rows 1-6)

4) 10% Gift Shop discount

5) Check-out privileges in the Krause Library (with CWS Member Card)

6) Time Travelers Reciprocal Program: free/reduced admission/discounts at 270
    museums/historic sites (visit

7) Benefits accrue at higher membership levels

8) Sustaining Members ($250+) will not be called at renewal time

Additional benefits at higher membership levels:

$100-$249 Explorer
+ Complimentary research assistance

$250-$499 Partner
+ 20% gift shop discount

$500-$999 Scout
+ Behind-the-scenes tour of Fantle Building

$1,000-$2,499 Pioneer
+ VIP Boe Forum seating

$2,500-$4,999 Ranger
+ Invitation to Boe Forum reception 

$5,000+ Westerner
+ Invitation to Boe Forum dinner & reception

Your membership gifts:
-Increase and support our archives, library collections, and our permanent collection of art and artifacts.
-Provide services to students, researchers, and library users.
-Help continue educational programs like the Dakota Conference, the Boe Forum, June Historic Dinner-Theater event, and the Artists of the Plains Art Show and Sale.
-Enable us to publish books about the American West of importance to the region and nation, like the award-winning A New South Dakota History.
-Provide art shows, workshops, seminars, presentations, and cooperative projects with other agencies.

Join Now Online!

or print the reply card and mail it back to the Center!

Pictured above: Dr. Robert E. Wright, Nef Family Chair of Political Economy at Augustana College, discusses his most recent book, Fubarnomics: A Lighthearted, Serious Look at America's Economic Ills, in the Madsen Gallery of the Fantle Building.