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State Historical Society Awards, Trustee nominations sought

The South Dakota State Historical Society is accepting nominations both for the Governor’s Awards for History and the society’s Board of Trustees election.

The Governor’s Awards for History are given to professional or volunteer individuals and organizations, and history teachers at either the elementary or secondary levels who exhibit meritorious endeavors in the field of history in South Dakota. Nomination forms can be found on the State Historical Society’s Website at They can also be obtained by contacting Jeff Mammenga, Awards Coordinator, at or 605-773-6000. Nomination forms are due back to the society by Feb. 21. In the case of history teachers, once teachers are nominated, they need to complete an application form and return that by March 17.

Nomination forms for the Board of Trustees election can be found online at Three positions on the board are open, a member-at-large, the professional archivist, and the architectural historian. None of the three incumbents are running for another 3-year term, so this is an excellent opportunity for other people to apply. Members of the Board of Trustees must be members of the State Historical Society. These nomination forms are due by Feb. 25.

The award and election winners will be announced during the society’s annual history conference April 22-23 in Pierre. Register for the conference online at

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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