History 605

  • Hosted by Josh Haiar, SDPB
  • Local Anchor Ben Jones

History 605 explores the history of South Dakota, the northern Great Plains, and the Midwest.  South Dakota’s State Historian Ben Jones will visit with guests about their books, museum exhibits and artifacts, and historic sites in the state and region. Along the way, you’ll learn how to think, not what to think, about history and the people of the past.  

 

The host is Dr. Ben Jones, State Historian and Director of the South Dakota State Historical Society. Ben grew up in Sioux Falls and De Smet, served in various locations around the world while in the USAF. He returned to South Dakota to become Dean of Arts and Sciences at Dakota State University, then served as South Dakota’s 15th Secretary of Education. Along the way, he earned his PhD in history and enjoys sharing history’s insights with all of you.  

 

History 605: S1, Ep 4 "George A. Custer"

Aug 2, 2021

General Custer is one of the most written about people in American history. Author Sandy Barnard has spent many years researching his life, the US Army in the Plains Indian wars, and worked with the National Park Service on a number of projects about this history. He recently wrote a new biography and Dr. Jones was pleased to have this conversation about Custer's controversial life and what it means to America and the Great Plains. The book is available at: sdhspress.com/books/george-armstrong-custer

  

History 605: S1, Ep 3 "The Destruction Of The Bison"

Jul 19, 2021

Recently re-released, Historian Andrew Isenberg's book, "The Destruction of the Bison, 1750-1920" was the topic of conversation in the 3rd episode of History 605. Dr. Jones and Professor Isenberg discuss the series of events that rapidly altered the Great Plains' environment and led to the near extinction of the bison. For copy of the book see: https://tinyurl.com/37w8twnz

  

History 605: S1, Ep 2 "The Savior Of Deadwood"

Jul 2, 2021

Deadwood epitomizes the wild west. But had it remained as it was in 1876, it wouldn't be here today. It took more than gold, gambling, and gunfire for the town to survive and thrive. In this episode, Dr. Jones talks to Historian David Wolff about his newly released book, "The Savior of Deadwood: James K. P. Miller on the Gold Frontier." Copies of the book are available at: sdhspress.com/books/the-savior-of-deadwood

History 605: Welcome To History 605

Jun 22, 2021

History 605 explores the history of South Dakota, the northern Great Plains, and the Midwest.  South Dakota’s State Historian Ben Jones will visit with guests about their books, museum exhibits and artifacts, and historic sites in the state and region. Along the way, you’ll learn how to think, not what to think, about history and the people of the past.