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State Historical Society seeks public input on preservation needs

The State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) of the South Dakota State Historical Society at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre is preparing for its federal fiscal year 2022 grant application and invites public comment through Oct. 31 on the state’s preservation needs and projects.

The SHPO manages the National Register of Historic Places program of the National Park Service in South Dakota. The office relates historic preservation to economic, social, and educational state objectives. It surveys, inventories, and registers historical properties, and it promotes public awareness and provides technical assistance on their preservation.

Among the questions to consider are: 

  • What properties or areas need to be inventoried?
  • What properties should be considered for nomination to the National Register of Historic Places? 
  • What properties are at-risk or endangered?
  • What kinds of technical preservation assistance are beneficial? 

“Public input or responses to these questions will help the program in preparing its annual work plan,” said Ted Spencer, South Dakota Historic Preservation Officer. “Historic preservation emphasizes the history of our state and boosts economic development and heritage tourism.”

The SHPO Annual Work Plan Suggestion Form may be obtained online at by clicking the link at the top of the page or by contacting the SHPO office at 605-773-2907 or Completed forms are due no later than Oct. 31.

For information on membership in the State Historical Society, please call 605-773-6000 or email

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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