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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!

Historical Society Foundation sponsoring Zoom program on April 15

Former Pierre resident Betsey DeLoache has helped preserve the history of the country schoolhouse and those who attended them through her books “Country Schools: Past and Present.” The three volumes contain stories of students and teachers who attended or taught at rural schools, illustrated with Betsey’s colored pencil drawings of country schools. Betsey will be the guest speaker at the April 15 meeting of the History and Heritage Book Club.

Betsey will tell how she learned firsthand what defines country schools and will share interviews of students and teachers. Those participating in the program are welcome to share their own country school memories.

The program will begin at 7 p.m. CDT on Thursday, April 15. Betsey will be speaking via Zoom. People may get the Zoom link by contacting Dorinda Daniel by phone at 605-773-6006 or by email at dorinda.daniel@state.sd.us

The Jay D. Vogt Education Room at the Cultural Heritage Center is once again open for meetings, and people may participate in the program from the education room. Attendance in the education room is limited to 15 people, and people must register in advance by calling Dorinda or emailing her.

The program is made possible by a grant from the South Dakota Humanities Council, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

All three volumes of “Country Schools: Past and Present” and “Picturing the Past” are sold at the Heritage Stores at the Cultural Heritage Center and the Capitol. April is a good time to buy books at the Heritage Stores, as the monthly store special is 15 percent off all books.


History and Heritage Book Club         May 13, 2021

Jay D. Vogt will be the guest speaker in May, celebrating the 15th anniversary of the publication of “Picturing the Past: South Dakota’s Historic Places.”  The book features 78 black-and-white photographs of buildings, parks, cemeteries and other spaces significant in the history of South Dakota, along with seven essays by Vogt and Stephen C. Rogers, past director of the South Dakota State Historic Preservation Office. The program will begin at 7 p.m. CDT on Thursday, May 13. Jay will be speaking in the Jay D. Vogt Education Room at the Cultural Heritage Center. People may attend the program there, or join via Zoom.

All three volumes of “Country Schools: Past and Present” and “Picturing the Past” are sold at the Heritage Stores at the Cultural Heritage Center and the Capitol. April is a good time to buy books at the Heritage Stores, as the monthly store special is 15 percent off all books.


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.

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