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South Dakota SHRAB announces re-grant opportunity

PIERRE, S.D. -- The South Dakota State Historical Records Advisory Board (SHRAB) will offer a re-grant opportunity to local history groups, with grant funds from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission of the National Archives and Records Administration.

“With the grant money the SHRAB will be able to disseminate $3,000 in funds to local repositories, organizations and historical societies, in order to encourage and support identification and preservation of historical records, and training for the staff that care for those records,” said Chelle Somsen state SHRAB chair and state archivist with the South Dakota State Historical Society at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre.

The deadline for application submission is April 30.

The purpose of the re-grant program, Somsen said, is to address increased access to archival collections; increased opportunities for education, training, and development in archives and collection management; identification of important historical records that are at risk; and increased funding for South Dakota’s historical records.

The SHRAB advocates for the preservation of historical records, educates the public and records caretakers about the importance of the historical record, and leads the historical community in preserving, promoting and providing access to the state’s documentary heritage.

For information on the guidelines for the grant and the application, please see http://history.sd.gov/Archives/SHRAB/shrabactivity.aspx or call (605) 773-3804.

The South Dakota State Historical Society is a division of the Department of Tourism. The Department of Tourism is comprised of Tourism, the South Dakota Arts Council, and the State Historical Society. The Department is led by Secretary James D. Hagen. 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 history.sd.gov for more information. The society also has an archaeology office in Rapid City; call (605) 394-1936 for more information.