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History & Heritage Book Club

We've got a great lineup of programs coming to the Heritage Center. We hope to see you at the meetings!

History and Heritage Book Club News

7 p.m. CST Tuesday, Nov. 14, History and Heritage Book Club, Cultural Heritage Center

Tom Berry will be the focus of the History and Heritage Book Club meeting. Guest speakers will be Paul Higbee of Spearfish, author of “South Dakota’s Cowboy Governor Tom Berry,” and Ralph “Shorty” Jones of Midland, Berry’s grandson.

Berry was elected governor in 1932 with a campaign promise to slash the state budget wherever he could.Berry served as South Dakota’s governor from 1933-1937, one of five Democrats to hold that office.

“South Dakota’s Cowboy Governor Tom Berry” is available at the Heritage Stores at the Cultural Heritage Center and the Capitol.

History and Heritage Book Club, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 12, Cultural Heritage Center

Michael Casler will discuss his work transcribing and annotating journals and letter books of two trading posts located along the Missouri River near the contemporary town of Fort Pierre. Casler and W. Raymond Wood are the editors of “Fort Tecumseh and Fort Pierre Chouteau Journal and Letter Books, 1830-1850.” Letter books contained copies of all outgoing correspondence from the fur trading posts. They mention well-known people in the fur trade as well as illustrate daily activities of the fur trading posts.

History and Heritage Book Club, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018, Cultural Heritage Center

Betsey DeLoache of Pierre will tell about her most recent book “Country Schools: Past and Present Volume 2.” In it, teachers and students share their memories and experiences from rural schools.

Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018, 7 p.m., Cultural Heritage Center

Arch Ellwein will bring history to life with his portrayal of buffalo hunter Yellowstone Vic Smith. Born Victor Grant Smith in 1805, Smith lived a colorful life as a trapper, dispatch rider, scout, trick shot and buffalo hunter extraordinaire in the American frontier in the 1870s to 1890s. Ellwein bases his program on “Champion Buffalo Hunter” edited by Jeanette Prodgers. Copies of the book will be available for sale at the Heritage Store. The program is made possible by the grant from the South Dakota Humanities Council


About the South Dakota State Historical Society

The South Dakota State Historical Society is a division of the Department of Education. The State Historical Society, an Affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, is headquartered at the South Dakota Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre. The center houses the society’s world-class museum, the archives, and the historic preservation, publishing and administrative/development offices. Call (605) 773-3458 or visit for more information. The society also has an archaeology office in Rapid City; call (605) 394-1936 for more information.

About the South Dakota Historical Society Foundation

The South Dakota Historical Society Foundation is a private charitable nonprofit that seeks funding to assist the South Dakota State Historical Society in programming and projects to preserve South Dakota’s history and heritage for future generations.