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May is Archaeology & Historic Preservation Month

South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem has proclaimed May as Archaeology & Historic Preservation Month in South Dakota.

This “celebration acquaints the public with the disciplines of archaeology and historic preservation and strengthens the enduring bond between the past and the present,” Gov. Noem said in the proclamation.

Historic Preservation Month has been celebrated in South Dakota since it was established at the national level in 1973. The state added archaeology in 2005 to recognize it as a partner in historic preservation. 

“South Dakota’s cultural heritage is rich and diverse as represented by thousands of archaeological and historical sites, historic buildings, and landscapes that have been discovered and recorded throughout the state,” said Ted Spencer, South Dakota’s Historic Preservation Officer. “Public appreciation and understanding are the foundation of preserving South Dakota’s past for future generations.”

The theme of this year’s observance is “History Makers.” Activities across South Dakota are listed on the State Historical Society’s online calendar of events at This calendar highlights educational programs in the areas of archaeology, preservation, and history across the state throughout the year.

For more information on this annual celebration or other historic preservation programs, contact the State Historic Preservation Office at (605) 773-3458 or via e-mail 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, is headquartered at two locations in Pierre. Administration, Press, Foundation, and Historic Preservation are in the Becker-Hansen Building. Museum and Archives are in the Northridge Plaza. For questions or memberships, 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.