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July State Historical Society “History Talks” features biography of Gov. Joe Foss

Sioux Falls artist Hector Curriel will discuss his new book on Gov. Joe Foss at a free virtual “History Talks” presentation on July 7 at 7 pm CDT/6 p.m. MDT.

Published by the South Dakota State Historical Society, “American Ace: Joe Foss, Fighter Pilot,” is packed with trials and triumphs as future South Dakota Governor Joe Foss overcomes difficult and dangerous situations at the height of battle in the Pacific during World War II.

“Hector Curriel draws readers into his subject’s experience using pen and ink,” says Dr. Ben Jones, state historian and South Dakota State Historical Society director. “By using the actions of Foss during World War II, Curriel showcases the experience of many fighter pilots, while highlighting the perseverance that made this man unique.”

“American Ace” places action at the forefront as Joe Foss is shot down twice, contracts malaria, and loses his friends and comrades in battle.

Curriel will describe his technique for the virtual Zoom audience. Curriel is an illustrator, watercolor artist, and cartoonist. Born in Lima, Peru, he now lives in Sioux Falls.

To register for the July 7 “History Talks” Zoom event, go to

“American Ace: Joe Foss, Fighter Pilot” is written for high school and adult readers. It can be preordered for $19.95, plus shipping and tax, at For more information about the South Dakota Historical Society Press and its books, please visit and follow @sdhspress on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

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.