Dakota Territory

Chris Laughery

In The Moment ... April 24, 2017 Show 078 Hour 2

Cellist Marta Simidtchieva is an active soloist, chamber musician, and teacher. Dr. Simidtchieva is associate professor of cello at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, where she also is a member of the LeClaire Piano Trio and the Illinois Symphony Orchestra. She visits Vermillion today and joins SDPB's Susan Hanson in the studio for a conversation about 20th Century cellists.

Dakota Midday: "Outlaw Dakota"

Dec 1, 2016

Wayne Fanebust's latest book is Outlaw Dakota: The Murderous Times and Criminal Trials of Frontier Judge Peter C. Shannon. President Grant sent Shannon to be the Chief Justice of the Dakota Territory Supreme Court in 1873. Fanebust's book details the judge's experiences in the Dakota Territory as he brought the rule of law. The author greets readers and signs books at Zandbroz Variety in Sioux Falls Friday from 2:00-4:00 p.m.

In 1874, the U.S. Government sent General George Custer on an expedition into the Black Hills to find a location for a new army fort and investigate the area’s natural resources. The confirmation of gold drew thousands of whites into the Black Hills in violation of the 1868 Treaty of Fort Laramie which granted ownership of the Black Hills to the Lakota people.

Yankton became the capital of Dakota Territory in 1861, when the town was only two years old. The designation brought new settlers and businesses and the river town quickly expanded. The original capitol building was two stories, with territory offices on the bottom floor and territorial legislators on the second. In 1883, Yankton lost the territorial capital to Bismarck. And six years later when South Dakota became a state, Yankton tried to become the state’s capital, but lost to Pierre.

John Timm As Arthur C. Mellette

May 12, 2014
Mellette House

John Timm portrays Arthur Calvin Mellette, the last governor of the Dakota Territory and first governor of South Dakota.  Timm brings Mellette to life during a meeting of the History and Heritage Book Club in Pierre Tuesday at 7:00 p.m., at the Cultural Heritage Center.  The program is free.  Mellette was appointed territorial governor in the spring of 1889 and was elected governor of South Dakota that fall.  He served as governor until 1893.  Timm has been performing living history portrayals of Mellette statewide since 1999.  He became interested in Mellette when he was a costumed docet a

Former Minnehaha County Commissioner Robert Kolbe is known as the one to call if your antique clock needs repair or if you find an old bottle in your backyard. He's also an expert on early photography in Dakota Territory, co-author of "They Captured the Moment: Dakota Photographers, 1853-1920," editor of "Minnehaha County Historical & Biographical Sketches," and an appraiser of historical books, documents, and photos.