Brian Gevik

Images of the Past

Nov 23, 2020

In The Moment … November 23, 2020 Show 947 Hour 2

Simple Justice: Suffrage in South Dakota

Aug 10, 2020
Zitkala-Ša or Gertrude Simmons Bonnin (Dakota, 1876–1938), 1898. National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution.

In The Moment … August 10, 2020 Show 877 Hour 1

Simple Justice: Suffrage in South Dakota is an SDPB original documentary and airs tonight on SDPB TV at 9 central 8 mountain. This film is about the ratification of the 19th amendment which gave women the right to vote. SDPB's Brian Gevik is behind this film and joins us now with more.

Images of the Past: "WNAX"

Jun 9, 2020

In The Moment … June 9, 2020 Show 834 Hour 1 Today we continue our ongoing project "The Middle of Everywhere: Connecting Rural South Dakota." It's a look at how technology connects South Dakotans and especially those living in rural areas. SDPB producer Brian Gevik joins us now with a look at how radio has been keeping South Dakotans informed and entertained for almost a century.


Images of the Past - Radio Pioneer Ida McNeil

Jun 4, 2020

In The Moment … June 4, 2020 Show 831 Hour 1

The history of radio in South Dakota runs deep. Today's Images of the Past focuses on rural connections. In the early 1900s, Dana McNeil got his first radio set and trained his wife Ida in amateur radio, KGFX radio in Pierre went public. After Dana's passing in 1936, Ida continued and became known as "Mrs. Pierre." SDPB's Brian Gevik is with us now with more. 

Images of the Past

May 11, 2020
Figure Display

In The Moment … May 11, 2020 Show 814 Hour 1

For today's Images of the Past, we welcome SDPB's Brian Gevik for a look at how that past impacts our lives today in a very timely way... connectivity. SDPB's "The Middle of Everywhere: Connecting Rural South Dakota" is an in-depth look at efforts for rural electrification. It's a story that South Dakotans are intimately connected to, particularly in an age where connection, once again, is king. 


In The Moment ... April 27, 2020 Show 804 Hour 2

This week's installment of Images of the Past finds us discussing the development of telephone networks in South Dakota. In the late 1800's there was the Dakota Central telephone exchange. Sherri Rawstern is curator of Education at the Dacotah Prairie Museum in Aberdeen, and she joins us with more on that.

South Dakota's Birds of Spring

Apr 7, 2020

In The Moment ... April 7, 2020 Show 790 Hour 2

We're at the beginning of the migratory season in South Dakota. Not for humans, of course. We're mostly staying home these days. But we are getting outside. Breathing the spring air. Listening to the birds express their urge to sing. Here's SDPB's Brian Gevik:

The Middle Of Everywhere

Apr 6, 2020
Brian Gevik

In The Moment ... April 6, 2020 Show 789 Hour 2

Images Of The Past: South Dakota Pandemic History

Mar 23, 2020
South Dakota State Archives

In The Moment ... March 23, 2020 Show 779 Hour 2

South Dakota is not and never has been immune to epidemic or pandemic levels of communicable diseases. For today's Images of the Past, we are joined by SDPB's Brian Gevik, and Mathew Reitzel, manuscript archivist at the South Dakota State Archives in Pierre.

Images of the Past: SD's Biggest Ranch

Jan 13, 2020

In The Moment ... January 13, 2020 Show 732 Hour 2

By the end of the 19th century, most of western South Dakota had been carved up into reservations, government land, or small to medium-sized farms and ranches. 

Rangeland in states to the south and west had been divided up and fenced in, but the grasslands west of the Missouri river in South Dakota were still mostly open country. The big cattle companies in the Southwest U.S. were eager to get their hands on it and in 1900, and they were about to get what they wanted. South Dakota was going to become cattle country.


In The Moment ... November 7, 2019 Show 696 Hour 1

A new episode of Dakota Life includes everything from a World War II aircraft to South Dakota's love of chislic.

SDPB Producers Melissa Hamersma Sievers, Bob Bosse and Brian Gevik share stories about their inclusions to the November episode. It airs Thursday at 8:00 p.m. Central on SDPB-TV.

  Arts and Entertainment reporting on SDPB is supported by the South Dakota Education Association

Irean Clasen Jordan

In The Moment ... September 23, 2019 Show 664 Hour 2

In this week's Images of the Past, SDPB's Brian Gevik tells a story of the waning days of South Dakota's open-range country, and how wolves and men collided over livestock and territory. 


In The Moment ... July 16, 2019 Show 616 Hour 1

50 years ago today a gigantic Saturn 5 carrying the Apollo 11 crew lifted off a launch pad Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Three days later the crew reached the moon and landed and astronaut Neil Armstrong became the first human to set foot on the moon.

SDPB’s Brian Gevik has produced a 30 minute documentary on the topic… looking at the state’s connections to the space age from the beginning up to the present day.

In The Moment ... June 26, 2019 Show 604 Hour 2

The 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing is just a couple of weeks away and SDPB is featuring some space-related stories to mark the event.

A preview of the SDPB documentary Space Age South Dakota are as follows:

In Sioux Falls on Thursday 6/27/19 at 7pm at the SDPB studio at 601 N Phillips Avenue in downtown Sioux Falls

Saturday, July 13, 9:30am – South Dakota Air & Space Museum in Box Elder

Space Age South Dakota

Jun 11, 2019

In The Moment ... June 11, 2019 Show 593 Hour 1

Next month marks the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission to the moon. You may not realize this but South Dakota and South Dakotan's have had a surprisingly important role in space exploration. SDPB producer Brian Gevik has been looking at that role and he's traveled to the Kennedy Space Center in Florida to learn more.

The Collectors

May 7, 2019
David Fransen

In the Moment ... May 7, 2019 Show 570 Hour 2

The Collectors is a SDPB-TV documentary that features four people from South Dakota who have done incredible things with photograph collections.

The four are Paul Horsted, Mike Wiese, Robert Kolbe and David Fransen.

SDPB's Brian Gevik details the project that can be seen at

Valley Queen Cheese, Milbank

In The Moment ... April 4, 2019 Show 549 Hour 1

One of South Dakota's most successful ag ventures is celebrating 90 years of continuous operation in Milbank. The Valley Queen cheese factory has been an economic pillar for Milbank and northeastern South Dakota since 1929.

Valley Queen is a multi-million dollar venture today, but it started humbly on the hopes and dreams of two Swiss immigrants who hadn't planned to set up shop in Milbank at all.

Deadwood History, Inc., Adams Museum Collection

In The Moment ... April 1, 2019 Show 547 Hour 2

The gold seekers and other pioneers who came to Deadwood in 1876 were a mix of well-intentioned settlers and honest but rambling fortune hunters.

There was also a small handful of pioneers who took on the challenge of building a community from the ground up. George V. Ayres was one of those visionaries. He know the value of good roads and worked hard to turn the region's old freight rails into an actual transportaion network.

SDPB's Brian Gevik has more in Images of the Past.

Adria Botella

In The Moment ... February 4, 2019 Show 508 Hour 2

Who knew that Tootsie the Coyote was the unofficial mascot of Deadwood during the 1950's. SDPB's Brian Gevik visits with Carolyn Weber from Deadwood History Inc. with more.

Also, a discussion about collectors and collections of historical images.

Deadwood History, Inc

In The Moment ... January 7, 2019 Show 489 Hour 2

We lost Teddy Roosevelt 100 years ago yesterday. Some people in South Dakota got together to memorialize the 26th president of the United States. SDPB’s Brian Gevik joins us with more.

Adria Botella

In The Moment ... January 3, 2019 Show 487 Hour 2

South Dakota has 13 state parks with the first being Custer which came about in 1919. A new documentary "A Century of South Dakota State Parks" offers a look at the development of the state park system in South Dakota and tells some of stories behind several of the parks.

SDPB's Brian Gevik joins us for a preview of the new Images of the Past documentary. It airs tonight at 8:30 CT / 7:30 MT on SDPB-TV.

Deadwood History, Inc., Adams Museum Collection

In The Moment ... December 3, 2018 Show 471 Hour 2

Deadwood South Dakota had a very popular trade show during the 1930's and 40's. The first one was in 1935 in the middle of the Great Depression. Hannah Marshall Bawden is an archivist from Deadwood History Inc., She and SDPB's Brian Gevik talk about this on today's images of the past segment.

John C. H. Grabill Collection, Library of Congress

In the Moment ... November 26, 2018 Show 466 Hour 2

If you are into historical people and documents and maybe old photos, the internet is more than likely your friend. In todays world, we have access to all sorts of websites and subscriptions that help us keep up on history.

SDPB's Brian Gevik joins us today with tips on places to go if you are into South Dakota history.

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In The Moment ... November 19, 2018 Show 463 Hour 2

The summer of the early 1940's allowed the military addition of the USS South Dakota to its fleet. She was a battleship that found herself in 13 different battles and is the most decorated naval vessel of World War II. SDPB's Brian Gevik joins us with more.

Deadwood History, Inc., Homestake Mining Company Collection

In The Moment ... November 5, 2018 Show 454 Hour 2

Carolyn Weber is the director of Deadwood History Inc. SDPB's Brian Gevik joins us today to share his interview with her regarding the Homestake Mine Lockout of 1909-1910.

Civilian Conservation Corps Museum of South dakota, Hill City

In The Moment ... September 17, 2018 Show 423 Hour 2

They called them the CCC Boys.

Today’s Images of the Past focus is the Civilian Conservation Corps.

Otto Bochman, director of the CCC Museum of South Dakota in Hill City, joined In The Moment from the Black Hills Surgical Hospital Studio in Rapid City to share fascinating tales of the Civilian Conservation Corps.

In The Moment ... June 26, 2018 Show 366 Hour 2

It was the War to End All Wars, and for the past week we've been bringing you conversations on In the Moment about SDPB's new Images of the Past Documentary: From the Great Plains to the Great War.

If you missed the premiere, you can catch the rebroadcast of the film on Thursday, June 28 at 8:00 p.m. Central on SDPB-TV. Producer Brian Gevik visits about researching his latest project.

Images Of The Past: Artist Charlie Russell

Apr 9, 2018
1881 Courthouse Museum

In the Moment ... April 9, 2018 Show 311 Hour 2

For this week's Images of the Past, SDPB's Brian Gevik introduces us to artist Charlie Russell, a man fascinated with the West and the people who lived there.

We also welcome SDPB's Steve Rokusek also known as Science Steve.

Images Of The Past With Brian Gevik

Apr 3, 2018
Bill Groethe

In the Moment ... April 3, 2018 Show 307 Hour 2

Bill Groethe photographed the last survivors of the Little Big Horn in 1948.  SDPB's Brian Gevik discusses the photo's and Groethe's interesting career.


In The Moment ... March 6, 2018 Show 290 Hour 1

The Frawley Ranch began in the 1870s and grew to be one of the largest in the upper Midwest. The history of Freeman, South Dakota's Mennonite settlers is preserved at the town's Heritage Hall Museum. SDPB's Brian Gevik join In the Moment for a preview of the documentary.