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Dakota Midday: Rapid City's Jean Kessloff Receives State History Award


During this weekend’s annual history conference of the State Historical Society in Pierre, Jean Kessloff will receive a Governor’s Award for History. She’s being recognized for her work in historic preservation in Rapid City. Kessloff is president of Historic Rapid City and has been a member of the Rapid City Historic Preservation Commission since 2003.

Rapid City Mayor Sam Kooiker said Kessloff is passionate about the history of Rapid City and her commitment to promoting and educating others about that history is equaled only by her dedication to preserving important areas of the community for future generations.

Kessloff is one of six individuals and groups receiving Governor’s Awards for History this weekend. Also being honored are historian Harold H. Schuler, Aberdeen history teacher Jennifer Phillips, British travel writer Fraser Harrison, the Grant County Historical Society in Milbank and the Mammoth Site of Hot Springs.

During a Dakota Midday interview, Kessloff said she was both honored and humbled to receive the award.