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Symposium, new State Historical Society book celebrate state’s political culture

Symposium, new State Historical Society book celebrate state’s political culture

Although South Dakota is known for its agrarian conservatism, there is more to the state’s political tradition than simply Republicans or Democrats. The authors of a new book from the South Dakota State Historical Society explore the state’s identity in “The Plains Political Tradition: Essays on South Dakota Political Culture, Volume 3” edited by Jon K. Lauck, John E. Miller and Paula M. Nelson.

The volume will be released Sept. 8, during a free symposium at Augustana University’s Center for Western Studies in Sioux Falls. Throughout the event, to be held from 7:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. CDT, authors and other panelists will explore South Dakota’s political history and the development of its modern political culture.

In this final volume of “The Plains Political Tradition” series, the editors gather essays from 15 historians and other scholars who identify major influences on the political culture of South Dakota. Against a backdrop of agricultural ups and downs, varied religious beliefs, worldwide conflict and powerful personalities, the authors examine ingredients critical to the success and failure of civic movements, legislation, and political campaigns and careers.

“The Plains Political Tradition” can be pre-ordered for $24.95, plus shipping and tax, directly from the South Dakota Historical Society Press at or by calling 605-773-6009. More information on the Plains Politics Symposium and Book Launch can be found at

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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