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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!

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History and Heritage Book Club News

In July, the History and Heritage Book Club will be participating in the South Dakota Humanities Council 2017 One Book South Dakota. One Book South Dakota encourages people to read and discuss the same title. This year’s book is “Kitchens of the Great Midwest” by J. Ryan Stradal. The novel is about a young woman with a once-in-a-generation palate who becomes the iconic chef behind the country’s most coveted dinner reservation. It was selected as a best book of the year by Amazon, BookPage, LibraryReads, and NPR. Read the book, join the discussion. We can read a book alone, but until we discuss it, the process doesn't seem complete. The One Book SD program exists to encourage exchange through reading one book as a community.

Think you have the best carrot cake recipe? Want to find out? Enter the carrot cake baking contest sponsored by Prairie Pages. Stop by the bookstore and pick up an entry form or call 605-945-1100 for details.

Thursday July 20, 2017 at the RamKota RiverCentre:

6:00 pm    Author Reception    Sample food featured in the book Kitchens of the Great Midwest. There will be a cash bar and music by Ron Smith.

7:00 pm    Farm to Table    Get the back story on the start of Capital City Farmers Market. Learn what's involved in producing locally grown vegetables and fruit. Presented by Lindy & Matt Geraets, B&G Produce.

7:30 pm    J. Ryan Stradal, author    Born and raised in Minnesota, the author now lives in LA where he is editor-at-large at Unnamed Press, fiction editor at TASTE, advisory board member at 826LA and coproducer and host of the literary/culinary series Hot Dish.

Program and discussion, Book Signing (buy a copy or bring your own)

Books are available for purchase at the Heritage Center Store or at Prairie Pages.

Tickets are $25.00 available at the SD Historical Society Foundation Office and at Prairie Pages.


The book club will not be meeting in June, but there are other activities lined up throughout the summer.

Get on Board the Burgers and Brew Cruise!

An evening of entertainment on the river will take place on Friday, July 14.

The three-hour cruise on Pierre’s new paddleboat, the Sunset, will feature music, a Chautauqua-style portrayal of famed riverboat pilot Grant Marsh and a dinner buffet with a choice of burgers, pulled pork or chicken sandwiches. There will be a cash bar. Plus, the cruise offers ample opportunity to relax and enjoy viewing Pierre and Fort Pierre from the Missouri River.

The Burgers and Brew Cruise is sponsored by the South Dakota Historical Society Foundation and the Encounters on the Prairie, South Dakota Chapter of the Lewis & Clark Trail Heritage Foundation.

The tentative time to start boarding is 5:30 p.m., with a 6 p.m. launch.

More information will be available later.

The cost will be $35 per person. Please reserve your spot on the boat by calling (605) 773-6346. Payment by credit card is appreciated when making the reservation.

This is what fun looks like! Make your reservation now!


Richard Gibson, the author of “A Celebration of State Capitols,” will be in South Dakota’s capital city on Aug. 14 and 15. He will speak at Rawlins Library on Monday, Aug. 14. Gibson will present the program “The State Capitols” at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 15, at the Cultural Heritage Center. Gibson will also be signing copies of “A Celebration of State Capitols” on Tuesday at the Capitol.


 “On this Day in South Dakota History” is the title of a new book by Brad Tennent, a professor at Presentation College in Aberdeen and president of the South Dakota State Historical Society Board of Trustees. Tennent will discuss the book at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 14, at 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.