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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!


History and Heritage Book Club News

The History and Heritage Book Club will start the new year with Pierre’s own Betsey DeLoache discussing her newest book, “Country Schools: Past and Present Volume 2.” The program begins at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 9, at the Cultural Heritage Center.

Betsey has done research for the past five years, interviewing former students and teachers; visiting rural schools while they were in session; and illustrating some of these schools.

Volume 2 includes additional schools not in the first volume, “Country Schools: Past and Present,” as well as the stories of students and teachers who shared their memories of rural schools.

Both volumes are available in the Heritage Stores at the Cultural Heritage Center and the Capitol.


Arch Ellwein of Sidney, Mont., will bring “Yellowstone” Vic Smith to life in a program that begins at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 30, at the Cultural Heritage Center. Smith lived from 1850 to 1925. Ellwein will portray Smith as he was in 1900, talking about some of his frontier experiences with people such as Wild Bill Hickok and Theodore Roosevelt and telling about his free and hardy life as a trapper, hunter and Army scout.

The re-enactment is based on Smith’s memoirs, “The Champion Buffalo Hunter.” Jeanette Prodgers discovered the memoirs in Harvard’s Houghton Library and edited them.

The book will be available in the Heritage Stores.


Future History and Heritage Book Club programs will feature books about Laura Ingalls Wilder, including the new “Prairie Fires” by Caroline Fraser, and “Calvin Coolidge in the Black Hills” by Seth Tupper.

 


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.