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State Historical Society makes more issues of historic newspapers available online

Four new related newspaper titles have been added to the growing online database of historical United States newspapers, according to the South Dakota State Historical Society.

New titles recently added include The Grant County Herald, 1879-1883, and The Herald, 1883-1890, out of Big Stone City; as well as The Advance, 1890, and the Herald-Advance, 1890-1922, out of Milbank, also in Grant County.

In 2016 the State Historical Society-State Archives received a two-year $240,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to digitize historical newspapers. The project is part of Chronicling America, a Library of Congress initiative to develop an online database of select historical newspapers from around the United States. As part of the grant the State Historical Society-Archives will digitize approximately 100 rolls of microfilmed newspapers pre-dating 1922 to be included in this collection. This is the second grant the State Archives has received to participate in this project.

“These titles join others that are already available on the Chronicling America website,” said state archivist Chelle (SHELL-ee) Somsen. “We now have 36 titles online.”

Previous titles include the Canton Advocate, Dakota Farmer’s Advocate, Dakota Farmers’ Leader, Lincoln County Advocate, Canton Daily Leader, The Daily Press and Dakotaian, Yankton Daily Press and Dakotaian, the Press and Daily Dakotaian, Forest City Press, Hot Springs Star, Hot Springs Weekly Star, Turner County Herald, Kimball Enterprise, Kimball Graphic, Black Hills Union, Black Hills Union and Western Stock Review, Pierre Weekly Free Press, Sisseton Weekly Standard, Citizen-Republican (Scotland, S.D.), Mitchell Capital, Saturday News (Watertown, S.D.), Wessington Springs Herald, The State Democrat, Aberdeen Democrat, Sud (Soot) Dakota Nachrichten (Knock-rick-ton), Sud Dakota Nachrichten und Herold, Nachrichten-Herold, Deutscher Herold, The State-Line Herald, The Lemmon Herald and the Sully County Watchman.

To view these newspapers, visit the Chronicling America Website:ðnicity=&language.

For more information, contact the State Historical Society-Archives at 605-773-3804 or visit State Archives hours are 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. CDT Monday-Friday and the first Saturday of most months.

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.

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