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State Historical Society seeks nominations for Governor’s Awards, board positions

The South Dakota State Historical Society in Pierre is seeking nominations for the annual Governor’s Awards for History and two positions on its board of trustees. 

The Governor’s Awards include recognition for individuals, organizations, and also a K-12 History Teacher of the Year. 

People interested in making a nomination should visit or contact the State Historical Society’s awards coordinator Jeff Mammenga at or 605-773-6000 to receive the nomination form. The nomination forms are due back to the society by Feb. 24. The nominations will be reviewed by a subcommittee of the society’s board of trustees and the winners will receive their awards during the society’s annual history conference on April 25 in Pierre. 

“We encourage people who know individuals, organizations, or teachers who have excelled at preserving South Dakota history to nominate them for the awards,” said Jay D. Vogt, director of the State Historical Society. “Nominees need not be members of the State Historical Society. And this year we are pleased to announce that we have both professional and non-professional categories for individuals and organizations.” 

Extraordinary individuals could be considered for the Robinson Award, the society’s highest honor, recognizing a lifetime of preserving state history. The Robinson is not awarded every year. 

The Schell Award, selected by a separate panel of judges, is given to the author of the best article in the previous year’s volume of “South Dakota History,” the society’s award-winning quarterly journal. 

Nominations are also being sought for two members of the society’s board of trustees -- a member at-large and the professional archaeologist. These nominees must be members of the State Historical Society. The incumbents in those positions are David Wolff of Spearfish (at-large) and Richard Harnois of Leola (professional archaeologist). 

Trustee nomination forms may be obtained at the above information. They are due back to the society by Feb. 28. The three-year trustee positions are voted on by members of the society. The winners are announced at the history conference on April 24. 

Call 605-773-6000 with questions on either the Governor’s Awards or the board of trustees openings. 

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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