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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!

Frontier army

The November guest speaker at the History and Heritage Book Club will tell how there is more to the story of the frontier Army than the story of George Armstrong Custer.

R. Eli Paul will be speaking via telephone while a PowerPoint is shown about the seven essays contained in “The Frontier Army: Episodes from Dakota and the West.” Paul edited the book and contributed an essay in which a soldier describes an Army attack on a Lakota village. The availability of new documents and increased digital access for researchers resulted in the essays, which contain new insights about the frontier Army in the Northern Plains between 1854 and 1890.

A photograph of Paul is included in the PowerPoint presentation so we can see what he looks like. The program will begin at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 12, at the Cultural Heritage Center.

Paul recently retired as head of the Missouri Valley Special Collections at the Kansas City Public Library in Kansas City, Mo. He has published extensively about Plains Indians and received the Robert M. Utley Book Prize from the Western History Association in 2004. 

The program with Paul is co-hosted by the South Dakota Historical Society Press.

The book is available at the Heritage Stores at the Cultural Heritage Center and the Capitol.


 

 

Paul Higbee of Spearfish will be the guest speaker at the Jan. 14, 2020, meeting of the History and Heritage Book Club. He will discuss his book “The First Strike: Doolittle Raider Don Smith.” Smith was from Belle Fourche and was one of 16 pilots who flew a B-25 bomber in a surprise attack on Japan on April 18, 1942. The program begins at 7 p.m. at the Cultural Heritage Center.

“The First Strike” is sold at the Heritage Stores at the Cultural Heritage Center and the Capitol.

 

 

 

 


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.