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Her Vote. Her Voice. sponsoring Know Her Story: Art and Essay Contest

In honor of Women’s History Month in March, the Her Vote. Her Voice. (HVHV) campaign is encouraging South Dakota students to write an original essay or create an original piece of art about a South Dakota woman who has made an impact.

Students in grades 4-12 are eligible to enter “Know Her Story.” Criteria for both categories include creativity and use of theme. Submissions are due Friday, March 26. Prizes will be awarded to the winner and runners up in each age category.

Tracy Saathoff, vice-chair of the HVHV delegation, noted the essays and artwork should address who the woman is or was, what she does or did, what impact this had on those around her, and why we should know her story.

“We are focusing on knowing who these women are and preserving their stories in a creative way for future generations,” noted Saathoff. “It’s important we not only advocate for women’s history, but that we be the ones who help document it. The work of students statewide will help give a voice to the women who have made the state what it is today, and their work will bring light to the accomplishments of generations of women changemakers.”

Winners will be announced in early April. For more information regarding contest rules and submission instructions visit www.hervotehervoice.org/art-contest. 

The Her Vote. Her Voice. delegation was appointed by Governor Kristi Noem to celebrate, commemorate, and educate the public about the work of early suffragists and women’s contributions to the history of South Dakota. It is a project of the South Dakota Historical Society Foundation (the nonprofit fundraising partner of the South Dakota State Historical Society) to celebrate women’s achievements, including the ratification of the 19th Amendment.

About Her Vote. Her Voice.
Her Vote. Her Voice. is a grassroots movement of the South Dakota Historical Society Foundation and the office of Governor Kristi Noem. Governor Noem appointed a group of 16 delegates to celebrate, commemorate, and educate the public about the work of early suffragists and women’s contributions to the history of South Dakota. It is a project of the South Dakota Historical Society Foundation to celebrate the women’s achievements, including the ratification of the 19th Amendment. This diverse group of nonpartisan professionals brings relevance to the historical topic while connecting people to the present issue: history is happening and still being made today. Funds raised by the Her Vote. Her Voice. campaign will support women’s history preservation through projects defined by the South Dakota State Historical Society and Historical Society Foundation. For more information on how you can help, go to www.hervotehervoice.org or call 605-773-6003.

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 since 2013, 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 www.history.sd.gov 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 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation and serves as the fundraising partner of the South Dakota State Historical Society. The foundation assists in securing funds to collect, preserve, research, exhibit, and interpret history for the lifelong education and enrichment of present and future generations. For more information go to www.sdhsf.org or call 605-773-6003.

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