Gloria MacKoy

Personalities: Gloria Mackoy, a Gospel Country Heart

Jul 21, 2017
Gloria Mackoy

Gloria Mackoy, a country gospel singer and songwriter and former De Smet resident, visited Chuck Anderson in-studio during August of 1993. South Dakotans know Mackoy for her work in De Smet's "Little House on the Prairie" pageant, performances at the state fair and elsewhere. Mackoy and Anderson talked about her musical career and featured several songs from her first album, "From My Heart".

To begin the interview, Mackoy explained how she initially fell into music during her elementary and high school years, despite an inability to read music.

Personalities: A Wagon Ride Through the Laura Ingalls Wilder Pageant

Jun 16, 2017
A covered wagon ride
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For over 49 years, De Smet, South Dakota has been the home of the Laura Ingalls Wilder Pageant, attracting tourists from around the world. Started in 1968, local residents began acting out “The Long Winter”, a "Little House on The Prairie" series novel published in 1940. The novel and the play recall the events of Wilder’s childhood in rural South Dakota.

Exterior of the Soldiers and Sailors World War Memorial
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On July 16, 1994, Chuck Anderson visited Pierre to attend an event called "South Dakotans in WWII." It took place at the newly minted Soldiers and Sailors World War Memorial Building, and Chuck got to take a tour.

He met George Summerside, the Veterans Education Program Representative for the State Office inside the building where the Robinson Museum and State Historical Society used to be.

George begins to describe the layout of the memorial.