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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 2023 grant application and invites public comment through Oct. 31 on the state’s preservation needs and projects.

The Preservation Office 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 promotes public awareness and provides technical assistance on their preservation.

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

Access the SHPO Annual Work Plan Suggestion Form at or by contacting the SHPO office at 605-773-2907 or Completed forms are due no later than Oct. 31.

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. For memberships or questions, 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.