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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!

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History and Heritage Book Club News

Learn about the people, places and events that were a part of South Dakota at the September meeting of the History and Heritage Book Club.

Author Brad Tennant will discuss his book “On This Day in South Dakota History” when the book club meets at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 12, at the Cultural Heritage Center.

The book includes more than 400 entries related to events from South Dakota history.

Tennant is a professor of history and the American Studies Program director at Presentation College in Aberdeen. He has previously presented programs at the Cultural Heritage Center, many of them focusing on the Lewis & Clark Expedition.

The book is available in the Heritage Stores at the Cultural Heritage Center and the Capitol.

 


Get on Board the Riverboat Cruise!

The South Dakota Historical Society Foundation and the Encounters on the Prairie, South Dakota Chapter of the Lewis & Clark Trail Heritage Foundation on Pierre’s new paddleboat, Sunset, on Sunday, September 24th from 12pm-3pm CDT.

Boarding will begin at 11:30 a.m. CDT at Fischers Lilly Park in Fort Pierre, with launching at 12 p.m. CDT.

The cruise includes a portrayal of famed riverboat pilot Grant Marsh by South Dakota Humanities Scholar Arch Ellwein. The menu will include choice of burgers, pulled pork or chicken sandwiches with salads. An open bar will be available for beverage purchases.

The cruise is open to the public so everyone can enjoy a morning on the river. The cost will be $35 per person. Please make reservations by Friday, September 15th, by calling Holly at (605) 773-6346. Payment by credit card is appreciated when making the reservation.

The paddleboat has two restrooms and is handicap accessible.  The program and the meal will take place in the enclosed portion of the boat.

Don’t miss the boat! Make your reservation now!

This is what fun looks like!

 


Tuesday, Oct. 10, 7 p.m., History and Heritage Book Club, Cultural Heritage Center

In October, the History and Heritage Book Club and As the Pages Turn Book Club in Pierre will partner to have a discussion of John Neihardt’s “Black Elk Speaks,” led by humanities scholar Jace DeCory.

“Black Elk Speaks” is the story of Oglala Lakota visionary and healer Nicholas Black Elk and his visions of the unity of humanity and Earth.

The program will begin at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 10, at the Cultural Heritage Center. It is made possible by a grant from the South Dakota Humanities Council. The humanities council has lent books for the program, and they can be checked out from the Cultural Heritage Center. The books will be by the front desk. The Heritage Store at the Cultural Heritage enter also has copies available for sale, as well as copies of “Black Elk Peak,” a history of the Black Hills peak.


Tuesday, Nov. 14th, History and Heritage Book Club, Cultural Heritage Center

Author Paul Higbee of Spearfish will discuss his book “South Dakota’s Cowboy Governor Tom Berry” at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 14, at the Cultural Heritage Center. The book is available at the Heritage Store. Berry’s statue that is part of the Trail of Governors is on display in the lobby of the Cultural Heritage Center.

 


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

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.