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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!

Spotted Tail



Books published by the South Dakota Historical Society Press will be in the spotlight in October and November.

On Tuesday, Oct. 8, Richmond Clow will talk about his book, “Spotted Tail: Warrior and Statesman.” Clow uses firsthand accounts from tribal and nontribal sources, government records and published works to tell the story of this leader of the Sicangu Lakota. Spotted Tail was a courageous and skillful warrior when young, but came to realize that in order for his people to survive, diplomacy had to take precedence over armed conflict whenever possible.



Virginia Driving Hawk Sneve will be at the Cultural Heritage Center at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 17, to tell about an incident from her childhood. Her book “The Christmas Coat: Memories of my Sioux Childhood” is a story of giving to others, generosity and sacrifice being rewarded. Charlene Lund of Pierre will be present to tell about the Pierre-Fort Pierre coat drive that will be taking place this fall. Those attending are encouraged to bring gently used coats which will be donated to the local coat drive.

Frontier army



R. Eli Paul will speak to the book club on Tuesday, Nov. 12. He is the editor of “The Frontier Army: Episodes from Dakota and the West.” The seven essays from prominent frontier Army and American Indian historians focus on previously ignored groups such as foot soldiers and minorities.

The programs with Clow, Sneve and Paul are co-hosted by the South Dakota Historical Society Press.

The books are available, or will be available soon, 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 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.