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Historical Society Foundation sponsoring Zoom program on March 9

Singer/songwriter/rancher Eliza Blue will examine how art, poetry, and music can change people’s relationship with the land during a virtual program on March 9.

Blue’s presentation, “PlainSong: Reimagining the Prairie Narrative through Stories and Songs,” will begin at 7 p.m. CST on Tuesday, March 9, via Zoom. Everyone is welcome to join the free program, coordinated by the South Dakota Historical Society Foundation, the nonprofit fundraising partner of the South Dakota State Historical Society. The program is made possible by the South Dakota Humanities Council, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Blue lived in Minneapolis, New York City, and Portland, Maine, before making her home on a ranch in Perkins County.

“Blue is well-known to many for her music and writings,” said Catherine Forsch, chief executive officer of the Historical Society Foundation. “Her weekly column appears in newspapers across the state. She is a regular contributor to South Dakota Public Radio and is featured in South Dakota Public Broadcasting’s new traveling concert series, ‘Wish You Were Here!’ Her book, ‘Accidental Rancher,’ is a collection of essays that provide a snapshot of ranch life.”

Blue will discuss how people can consider art, poetry, and writings of such authors as Wendell Berry, Mary Oliver, Linda Hasselstrom, and Blue herself to understand their relationship with the land in new ways.

Everyone is welcome to join this virtual program and may contact Kim Hunt at 605-773-6001 or to be provided with the Zoom link.

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 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 or call 605-773-6003.

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