Freeman Academy has a unique campus due to the fact that it once included Freeman Junior College. The school consists of the Administration Building, Music Hall, Pioneer Hall connected by the Link to Sterling Hall, Frontier Hall (our on-campus housing), and a maintenance building. Heritage Hall Museum and the Prairie Arboretum and Visitors Center are extensions of our school and are part of our extended campus, which encompasses 50+ acres.
Freeman Academy Board of Directors
Nine members comprise the Freeman Academy Board of Directors. Three members are elected each year for 4-year terms. Members may serve three consecutive terms. Officers are elected from this group each year – president, vice-president, and secretary. The board meets each month. Meeting dates are scheduled two months in advance and are determined by the school calendar. Board members are asked to serve on one of the following committees during their term: finance, development, enrollment, or buildings and grounds.
- Sherilyn Ortman – Chair, Marion
- Matt Miller – Vice Chair, Freeman
- Leann Schulz-Thomas – Freeman
- Anne Waltner – Parker
- Kate Friesen
- Jarrod Preheim
- Peggy Kesteloot
- Shane Vetch
- Lee Brockmueller
Freeman Academy Auxiliary
This organization began in 1959 because a group of women wanted to help promote Freeman Academy’s mission of Christian education. PRAY, PLAN, and PUSH are the focus of the Freeman Academy Auxiliary.
The group includes both women and men as members and promotes the largest fundraiser for Freeman Academy each year – Schmeckfest, raising over $150,000 for the school’s annual operational budget. The group assists physically and financially with other projects/needs that arise. Anyone can participate and we especially encourage parents to join the many alumni and community people that are members.
Bobcat Booster Club
The main mission of the Bobcat Boosters is to support our athletic teams through raising funds for uniforms, equipment, and travel expenses. They also express appreciation to athletic and dramatic teams attending district, region and state competitions by giving flowers, balloons, or ice cream gift certificates to team members.
Currently, we have four major fundraisers throughout the year: concessions at soccer games, a pork loin barbecue and a pizza fest on two separate nights during basketball season, and fruit sales in late winter. Usually one or two couples chair these events and ask for assistance from other parents as needed.
Other activities which could be carried out by this group: arranging for and making lunches for teams traveling to away games, helping to organize pep rallies with the cheerleaders, etc.
We encourage all parents to become active participants in these fundraisers because they benefit your children.
Heritage Hall Museum Complex
The Heritage Hall Museum Complex is located on the south side of the Freeman Academy campus on the southwest edge of Freeman. Heritage Hall Museum and Archives tells the story of German-Russian immigrants who came to Dakota Territory in the 1870’s. Settlers from Lutheran, Reformed, Hutterite, and Mennonite backgrounds brought with them their religious traditions, strong work ethic, and determination to survive the hardships of life on the prairie.
The general exhibit of 24,000 square feet features more than 10,000 items including pioneer artifacts, transportation vehicles, farm equipment, wildlife displays, Native American artifacts, and Freeman memorabilia.
The Heritage Hall Museum Complex also includes four restored buildings that were important or typical in the local history – the Ludwig Deckert Pioneer Home, Diamond Valley School, Bethel Mennonite Church and Johannesthal Reformed Church.
The museum is open six days a week Memorial Day through Labor Day; from 10 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and from 1 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Sundays. It is also open by appointment by calling 605-925-75845 or 888-595-9755. Heritage Hall Museum welcomes individuals and larger groups. School and tour groups are encouraged to arrange for one-of-a-kind guided tours through the museum. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for grades 1-12. Preschool is free. Requests for more information can be sent via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or you can visit www.heritagehallmuseum.com
Heritage Hall Archives
The museum complex is also home to the Heritage Hall Archives, whose mission is to preserve the cultural history of Freeman and the surrounding area, focusing on the stories and records of the Mennonite, Hutterite, Lutheran and Reformed Germans from Russia who settled in this area in the 1870s. It includes an extensive collection of books, periodicals, documents and photos that are available to researchers on-site, as well as several displays that highlight the stories of those who immigrated to this area and built up the community that eventually became Freeman.
The archives are open every Wednesday afternoon, from 1-4 p.m. throughout the year, with additional Sunday afternoon hours during the summer months. It is also open by appointment; call 605-321-7901 or email@example.com.
A part of the FA campus has been transformed into a sprawling 40-acre area of trees, native grasses, flowers, ponds and more than a mile of walking paths that present the natural environment and context of the community. The Prairie Arboretum Visitor Center, adjacent to both the museum and arboretum, serves as a meeting venue for groups.
The area is available for FA classes to use for various activities and also welcomes community visitors. A fishing derby for youth is held each year on the third Saturday of June, sponsored by community members.
Frontier Fitness Center
The ground floor of the dormitory (Frontier Hall) houses a fitness center including treadmills, ellipticals, stationary bikes, stair stepper, weight machine and free weights. It is open to anyone in the public at a monthly charge, 24 hours a day with a pass key. Interested persons can contact the Freeman Academy business office for membership fee information.