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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!

Pioneer Girl Perspectives Event

On Tuesday, May 23, the release of “Pioneer Girl Perspectives: Exploring Laura Ingalls Wilder” will be celebrated in a program that begins at 7 p.m. at the Cultural Heritage Center. The book is a collection of essays about Wilder’s influence on our image of the frontier and her lasting place in literature. Guest speakers will be Nancy Tystad Koupal and Paula M. Nelson. Koupal is the director and editor-in-chief of the South Dakota State Historical Society’s Pioneer Girl Project and the South Dakota Historical Society Press. Nelson is a former professor at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville who has written extensively on rural women’s history and the agricultural settlement of the Great Plains. She contributed the essay “Family, Home and Farm: Laura Ingalls Wilder and Women’s Place” to “Pioneer Girl Perspectives.”

Nelson will be joining the program via the Digital Dakota Network, the state’s video conferencing network. We’ll be able to see, hear and talk to her from the Cultural Heritage Center.

Copies of the book will go on sale to the public on May 18 and will be available at the Heritage Stores at the Cultural Heritage Center and the Capitol.

Please call (605) 773-6006 for more information about the program.

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 Stradel. 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. Events being planned in Pierre for Thursday, July 20, include a reception in which people can sample food featured in the book; a discussion with the author and a book signing. The author plans to be in Pierre in person. More information will be available later.


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.