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State Historical Society seeks nominations for awards, trustees

PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota State Historical Society is seeking nominations for the annual Governor’s Awards for History and two positions on its board of trustees.

Each year the society, headquartered at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre, recognizes outstanding individuals, organizations and teachers (K-12) who have contributed to the preservation of South Dakota history. Nominated individuals and organizations need not be members of the State Historical Society.

Nomination forms may be requested by calling (605) 773-6000 or emailing Nominations are due back to the society by March 5. Nominated teachers must fill out an application that is due March 29.

Each year two positions on the board of trustees are up for election by society members. This year’s positions are a member-at-large and a professional archivist. Board nominees must be members of the State Historical Society. Trustee nominations can be obtained by using the above contacts, and are due by March 8. Trustees serve three-year terms, and the board meets three times a year.

Both the award and election winners will be announced at the society’s annual history conference. This year’s conference, “Rivers Run Through It: South Dakota’s Rivers and Streams and the Flow of History,” is May 3-4 in Rapid City. Call (605) 773-6000 for more information or visit

The South Dakota State Historical Society is a division of the Department of Tourism. The Department of Tourism is comprised of Tourism, the South Dakota Arts Council, and the State Historical Society. The Department is led by Secretary James D. Hagen. 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.