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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!

Calamity Jane

 

History and Heritage Book Club News

Join us at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 11, in the ed room at the Cultural Heritage Center for a look at one of the most written-about women of the American West: Calamity Jane.

Richard W. Etulain is the author of “The Life and Legends of Calamity Jane.” He will tell about her life and the many ways she has been depicted in print, on television and in movies.

Etulain is professor emeritus of history at the University of New Mexico and the author of more than 50 books about the history of the American West. He will be in Pierre to research a biography of Abraham Lincoln that will be published by the South Dakota Historical Society Press as part of the Mount Rushmore subseries of the South Dakota Biography Series.


A young cowboy poet will be speaking at the Cultural Heritage Center at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 13.

Colt Blankman of Avon, Utah, started performing cowboy poetry four years ago, at age 8. He has performed throughout the Rocky Mountain region and has attended many poetry gatherings. He has been invited to perform at the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko, Nev., in 2019.

Colt will be in South Dakota as part of the Dakota Western Heritage Festival that is taking place in Fort Pierre on Sept. 14-16.

During the program at the Cultural Heritage Center, Colt will be sharing his own original cowboy poetry as well as poems by other cowboy poets. The program will also include music and a talk by Dakota Western Heritage Festival organizers about their 2019 goal of involving youth in a writing/performing contest.


The October History and Heritage Book Club meeting will focus on woman suffrage. In 1918, South Dakota men approved an amendment to the state’s constitution granting women voting privileges in state elections. The 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified and took effect in 1920, giving women throughout the country the right to vote.

The program at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 9 at the Cultural Heritage Center will feature a presentation about the League of Women Voters and a talk from the South Dakota Historical Society Press about its plans to publish three books in the next three years detailing the struggle of women for the right to vote. Angelica Shirley Carpenter, the author of “Born Criminal: Matilda Joslyn Gage, Radical Suffragist,” will join the meeting by Skype. Gage was a contemporary of Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton. Together, the three of them founded the National Woman Suffrage Association.

The 2018 One Book South Dakota is “Informing the News” by Thomas E. Patterson. One Book South Dakota is a program sponsored by the South Dakota Humanities Council that encourages people throughout South Dakota to read and discuss the same title.

Patterson will be speaking at the Cultural Heritage Center at 3 p.m. on Saturday Oct. 27.

All these programs are free and everyone is welcome to attend. Copies of the books will be available at the Heritage Stores at the Cultural Heritage Center and the Capitol.


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.