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May History and Heritage Book Club

The 75th anniversary of the completion of Mount Rushmore National Memorial and the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service will be commemorated at the May meeting of the History and Heritage Book Club. The meeting begins at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 10, at the Cultural Heritage Center.

The guest speaker is award-winning author Jean L.S. Patrick of Mitchell. Jean is the author of 11 books, including The Girl Who Struck Out Babe Ruth; Who Carved the Mountain? The Story of Mount Rushmore; and Face to Face with Mount Rushmore. The book she’ll be discussing, Mount Rushmore Memories, has been popular with adults. It contains historic photographs and the stories from more than 100 people who tell what the Shrine of Democracy means to them.

Jean invites those attending to share their own Mount Rushmore memories. She will also provide an inside look at her research and writing methods.

Mount Rushmore Memories is available at the Heritage Store at the Cultural Heritage Center.

Hugh Glass crawled into South Dakota history after surviving an attack by a grizzly bear near what is now Lemmon. James McLaird will shed light on this mountain man when he speaks to the History and Heritage Book Club at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, June 14. His book Hugh Glass: Grizzly Survivor traces the few existing threads of Glass’ life and delves into the role of popular history in making a legend. This is a great opportunity to find out more about Glass.

On Thursday, June 30, Miss “V,” the Gypsy Cowbelle will return to Pierre and present a one-hour concert incorporating her experiences as a modern-day homesteader and the experiences of Edith Eudora Kohl in Land of the Burnt Thigh.

Miss “V” has previously spoken to the History and Heritage Book Club and has performed at the Dakota Western Heritage Festival in Fort Pierre.

The program will begin at 7 p.m. at the Capitol Lake Visitors Center.

The programs by Jean Patrick and Miss “V” are made possible by a grant from the South Dakota Humanities Council, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.