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History and Heritage Book Club News

History and Heritage Book Club members are encouraged to attend Short Grass Arts Council’s Tales on the River on Thursday, July 19. Miss “V” the Gypsy Cowbelle will be the presenter at the free summer program series, portraying Amelia Earhart.

Tales on the River takes place at the Moose Lodge in Fort Pierre. The Women of the Moose serve a meal for $5 per person from 6 p.m. to 6:45 p.m., with the program beginning at 7 p.m.

Miss “V” hails from Wyoming and has previously presented her program “The Modern-Day Homesteader” and performed songs of bygone days for the History and Heritage Book Club. The South Dakota Historical Society Foundation, the book club’s sponsor, is pleased to partner with Short Grass to bring Miss “V” back to Pierre/Fort Pierre. The program is made possible by a grant from the South Dakota Humanities Council, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Miss “V’s” program “Dawn in the Night” is set in 1934, while Earhart is en route from her vacation to the mountains of Wyoming. Miss “V” as Earhart will share tales about some of her most famous adventures, as well as give insights into her sentiments about aviation and social issues.

By 1934, Earhart had become the first woman to fly alone across the Atlantic Ocean and had set three records for speed.

In August, author J.G. Swedlund will be present to discuss “Rustler on the Rosebud: The Legend of Jack Sully.”

Newspaper accounts in 1902 read, “Jack Sully, for twenty years the most notorious outlaw of South Dakota, accused for murdering seven men, leader of the Lyman county gang of robbers, horse-rustler and cattle-stealer, has been arrested … and is in jail.”

Swedlund’s book is a fictional account of the outlaw. The book is available at the Heritage Store at the Cultural Heritage Center. The book club meeting will begin at 7 p.m. CDT on Tuesday, Aug. 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 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.