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History and Heritage Book Club

The History and Heritage Book Club has a great lineup of speakers to get you through the winter and into spring.

Betsey DeLoache is ensuring that people’s experiences at rural schools are preserved with her book “Country Schools: Past and Present.”

She will tell about her experiences during the three years she spent researching the book when the History and Heritage Book Club meets at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 9, at the Cultural Heritage Center.

During that time, DeLoache interviewed people who attended or taught at country schools, searched for rural schools and took photographs of rural schools that she used as the basis for her colored pencil drawings that illustrate the book.

“Country Schools: Past and Present” is available at the Heritage Stores at the Cultural Heritage Center and the Capitol.

March is synonymous with basketball. Former teacher and coach Bob Swanhorst of Sioux Falls will tell about South Dakota’s one-class high school basketball tournaments when the book club meets at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 8, at the Cultural Heritage Center. He will tell about the origination of the high school basketball tournaments and about the teams, champions and location of the tournaments from 1912 to 1935.

In April, Virginia Driving Hawk Sneve of Rapid City will read from her book “Completing the Circle.” The book tells about the feminine half of her ancestors, recognizing their quiet struggles and personal achievements and setting them against a backdrop of broader cultural issues and profound change. Her program will begin at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 12, at the Cultural Heritage Center.