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State Historical Society awards seven historic preservation grants

Historic preservation projects in Burke, Miller, Pierre, Tabor, Mitchell, Yankton, and Aberdeen recently received matching grants from the South Dakota State Historical Society.

“This historic preservation grants program is designed to encourage restoration or rehabilitation of historic properties and is one more way we can promote and protect our history and culture,” said Ted M. Spencer, State Historic Preservation Officer. “In 2021 we awarded a total of $151,050 among 11 projects which had matching funds of $434,548. The resulting total public-private investment was $585,598.”

The grants are awarded through the State Historical Society’s Deadwood Fund grant program. Funding for the program is from Deadwood gaming revenue earmarked by state law for historic preservation projects throughout the state. The program is administered by the society’s State Historic Preservation Office at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre.

The following projects were the most recent to receive grants to supplement their work:

  • Burke (Gregory County): Gregory County Courthouse, c. 1934; received $20,000 to assist in repointing and masonry repairs
  • Miller (Hand County): Hand County Courthouse, c. 1926; received $10,000 to assist with repair of ornate plaster
  • Pierre (Hughes County): Pierre First United Methodist Church, c. 1910; received $10,000 to assist in stained-glass window repairs
  • Tabor (Bon Homme County): Tabor Log School Building, c. 1872; received $5,000 to assist in general log cabin repairs
  • Mitchell (Davison County): Western National Bank Building, c. 1906-1907; received $15,000 to assist in window repairs
  • Yankton (Yankton County): Yankton Post Office Building, c. 1904-1905; received $20,000 to assist with repointing and masonry repairs
  • Aberdeen (Brown County): Citizens Bank Building, c. 1910; received $15,000 to assist with repointing the exterior of the building

These new recipients represent a total award amount of $95,000 with matching funds of $334,851, resulting in a total public-private investment of $429,851. These figures are reflected in the total 2021 statistics above.

Deadwood Fund grants are awarded twice a year with grant application deadlines of Feb. 1 and Oct. 1. They are reviewed at the spring and winter meetings of the State Historical Society’s board of trustees. For more information on the Deadwood Fund grant program, contact the State Historic Preservation Office at the Cultural Heritage Center, 900 Governors Drive, Pierre, SD 57501-2217; telephone 605-773-3458; or website For information about membership in the State Historical Society, 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 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.

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