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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!

Tom Roberts Books

History and Heritage Book Club News

The holiday season is here, and the History and Heritage Book Club is getting into the spirit of the season with a program featuring Christmas books.

Sioux Falls author Tom Roberts will be in Pierre on Tuesday, Nov. 27, (that’s tomorrow) with his heartwarming Christmas books. The books are written for youngsters but can be enjoyed by any age and make great presents.

Roberts will be signing copies of five of his books from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Heritage Store on the first floor of the Capitol.

At 7 p.m. at the Cultural Heritage Center, Roberts will share the story behind his books, tell how he became involved with the Children’s Home Society of South Dakota, explain how his work benefits the CHS and sign copies of his books.

The books he will have available for sale are ‘Twas the Night Before Christ, The Little Lost Sock, The Greatest Gift, Return to the Farm and On That One Christmas Eve. The newest book is On That One Christmas Eve, published in the fall of 2018. It’s the story of a young college student that is home for Christmas and decides that he can no longer believe in the extraordinary circumstances surrounding the birth of Jesus. An encounter with a cluster of birds sets in motion a realization that a compassionate God does exist.

CHS provides emergency shelter, residential treatment and special education, forensic interviews, foster care and adoption services. It serves victims of child abuse and domestic violence, and also partners with parents to help children with emotional or behavioral needs.

Roberts connection to CHS began as a volunteer at a Christmas party for youngsters at the Sioux Falls Children’s Home. In 2002, he and his wife, Tammy, produced Tom’s first book, ‘Twas the Night Before Christ, as a fundraiser for CHS. Since the production of the first book, Tom’s books and programs have raised a net of $1.2 million for CHS.

The History and Heritage Book Club will not meet in December. We hope to see you on Tuesday and again in January 2019.

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
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.