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We've got a great lineup of programs coming to the Heritage Center. We hope to see you at the meetings!


History and Heritage Book Club, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 11

Billy the Kid and Jesse James are two outlaws that never ride off into the sunset of our imaginations.

Billy the Kid, 1859/60 – 1881, was a notorious gunfighter who was reputed to have killed at least 27 men before being gunned down at about age 21.

Jesse James, 1847-1882, and his gang were known for robbing banks and trains as well as for shooting anyone who stood in their way.

Pierre’s own Bill Markley compares the lives of the two men in his book “Billy the Kid and Jesse James: Outlaws of the Legendary West.” Markley will answer the question of who was the biggest, baddest outlaw in the American West when he speaks to the History and Heritage Book Club at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 11, at the Cultural Heritage Center.


History and Heritage Book Club, 7 p.m. Monday, February 24

V.J. Smith of Brookings has returned to Pierre to represent District 7 in the South Dakota Senate. The professional speaker/author spoke to the History and Heritage Book Club last year about his book “The Richest Man in Town.” He will return to the Cultural Heritage Center at 7 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 24, to share stories from his book “Jackrabbit Tales.”

Smith graduated from South Dakota State University, where he was student body president in 1977-78. He later served as executive director of the South Dakota State University Alumni Association.

“Jackrabbit Tales” contains interesting tales about people and events that helped shape the state’s only land grant institution.

Because there will be two programs in February, we’ll leap over March and have our next book club programs in April.


7 p.m. Thursday April 23, The South Dakota Woman’s Suffrage Story

Guest speaker Ruth Page Jones will celebrate the 100th anniversary of woman suffrage by telling about key moments, key individuals and key issues that helped women achieve their equal voting rights in the United States in 1920 and, more specifically, in South Dakota in 1918. Jones’ essay about women voting in school elections is contained in “Equality at the Ballot Box: Votes for Women on the Northern Great Plains.”

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.

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