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Jay D. Vogt

Jay D. Vogt

Jay D. Vogt is director of the South Dakota State Historical Society and State Historic Preservation Officer (SHPO). Vogt came to work for the State Historical Society in 1987, serving in several capacities. In 1996, he was appointed the State Historic Preservation Officer. He was responsible for implementing the Deadwood Fund historic preservation grant program. Vogt became deputy director of the Society in 1999 and took over the day-to-day operation of the organization. As director of the State Historical Society since 2003, Vogt oversees the management of the Society’s five offices (archaeology, archives, museum, historic preservation, research and publishing) and the South Dakota Cultural Heritage Center.

Vogt served as the first executive director of the Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation, Inc. from 1994-1996, and chaired the 33rd annual meeting of the Foundation when it was held in Pierre, SD, in 2001. He is active in the National Conference of State Historic Preservation Officers (NCSHPO) and served as its president 2005-2009. As such, he was a member of the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP) and co-chair of the Preserve America expert panel, “Improving the Preservation Program Infrastructure,” in 2006. He was Conference Chair of the Mountain-Plains Museum Association (MPMA) annual meeting when it was held in Rapid City, SD, in 2010. He is also involved in the American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) and served on the governing Council 2011-2015.