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SD History

  • History is all around us. And for more than two decades Sioux Falls retiree Gary Conradi has made it his mission to capture elements of South Dakota history through photographs.
  • In this episode we ask, "how can we represent and best commemorate the Rapid City Flood?" Troy Kilpatrick and Corey Christianson of Rapid City's Journey Museum and Learning Center talk with us about how they answered that question with their current exhibit.
  • Much of history is an attempt to understand culture, and language is a window to culture like nothing else. So how can we understand the immigrants on the Northern Plains if we don’t speak their language? In the late 19th century, Germans left Europe in massive numbers and thousands settled in what is now South Dakota. What kind of culture did they bring with them? What kind of culture was created by them mixing with other cultures on the Northern Plains? German newspapers provide a great deal of insight on that and Istvan Gambocz has the rare talent to understand this aspect of South Dakota’s history. His article in the Fall 2021 South Dakota History won the Herbert S. Schell Prize for the best essay of the year.
  • More than 600 marks. A team of archaeologists has recorded every inscription on the stones that make up Fort Meade's old rifle range target wall.It's part of an effort to preserve the history of Fort Meade, which operated near Sturgis from 1878 until 1944.
  • The breaking of the 1868 Fort Laramie Treaty and the creation of several smaller reservations in western South Dakota is often thought to have been President Ulysses Grant’s intent. However, historian Mary Stockwell argues in her book that Grant attempted to pursue a different policy, which included citizenship for American Indians. But despite his wishes, he was unable to make that happen. Understanding his circumstances is key to understanding a great deal of South Dakota’s history. I hope you enjoy my conversation with Mary Stockwell, the author of “Interrupted Odyssey: Ulysses S. Grant and the American Indians.”
  • On this day in 1899, reports were received that two members of the First South Dakota Volunteer Infantry Company B were "wounded in action" while serving in the Philippines. News a day later also reported that one soldier died from disease and another was "killed in action."
  • Anthony Williams is a retired Navy Veteran. Captivated by the history of the American West, he decided to make his post-Navy life in Deadwood. He bought a historic home and volunteers his time serving on the Historic Preservation Commission of Deadwood. During a recent preservation conference in Rapid City, he visited with SDPB’s Lura Roti about his passion for history and preserving it.
  • This interview posted above is from SDPB's daily public-affairs show, In the Moment, hosted by Lori Walsh.Carol Evan Saunders was born and raised in Rapid City. She began her career as a theater teacher and taught at Central High School. After she retired from teaching, she revisited her childhood passion for history and received a master’s in history.
  • If you live in this place, you are woven into a tapestry of shared history. In this segment, we add to our historical understanding of a place that is today called Bon Homme country.
  • The Indian Arts and Crafts Board's Sioux Indian Museum has an extensive collection of Lakota quillwork. It is housed with The Journey Museum and Learning Center. Troy Kilpatrick is the Executive Director of the Journey Museum and joins us with more.