Liz Almlie, Historic Preservation Specialist for the South Dakota State Historical Society and State Historic Preservation Office discusses three South Dakota properties that were recently added to the National Register of Historic Places. The listed properties are the First National Bank, Freeman; Harmony Friends Church, Wessington Springs vicinity; and Terrace Park and Japanese Gardens, Sioux Falls. The National Register is the official federal list of properties identified as important in American history, architecture, archeology, engineering and culture. The State Historic Preservation Office of the State Historical Society at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre works in conjunction with the National Park Service, which oversees the National Register program, to list the properties. "South Dakota's history is rich in American Indian culture, pioneer life and change," said Jay D. Vogt, state historic preservation officer and director of the State Historical Society. "Properties listed on the National Register are important for their role in South Dakota's culture, heritage and history. And when properties get listed, it shows that their owners take pride in their role in preserving that culture, heritage and history."