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

Old West Showdown

History and Heritage Book Club News

Pierre’s own Bill Markley will be the guest speaker at the November History and Heritage Book Club meeting, telling about his just-released book, “Old West Showdown.”

Markley and his co-writer, Kellen Cutsforth, chose 10 famous people or events from the American West that they believed are of interest to many people. Each chapter is divided into three subchapters: the facts as agreed upon by most historians, a position taken by one of the co-authors, and an opposing viewpoint taken by the other co-author. Topics include Calamity Jane and Wild Bill Hickok.

The program begins at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 13, at the Cultural Heritage Center.

The book is expected to be available soon in the Heritage Store.


The History and Heritage Book Club will not meet in in December. Instead, Tom Roberts of Sioux Falls will come to Pierre for special events on Tuesday, Nov. 27.

Roberts is the author of six books that benefit the Children’s Home Society of South Dakota. They are “’Twas the Night Before Christ,” “Santa’s Prayer,” “The Little Lost Sock,” “Return to the Farm,” “The Greatest Gift” and “On That Christmas Eve.”

Roberts will be signing copies of the books from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Heritage Store at the Capitol.

At 7 p.m., Roberts will be the guest speaker at a program in the education room at the Cultural Heritage Center. He will tell about the books, how his work benefits the Children’s Home Society and tell about the Children’s Home Society.

Copies of the books will be available for sale at both the afternoon book signing and evening program. Roberts will again be signing copies of the books at the program at the Cultural Heritage Center.  100 percent of every sale of Roberts’ books supports the programs and services provided by the Children’s Home Society.

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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 www.history.sd.gov 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
T
he 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.