Joseph LaFramboise Speaker

Jan 31, 2013

On Sunday, Janet Timmerman, education program coordinator at the History Center of Olmsted County in Rochester, Minnesota, will give talks at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre entitled "Leading the Pathfinders: Joseph LaFramboise on the Coteau des Prairie, 1833-1838."  LaFramboise was a 19th century fur trader who formed friendships with the Sisseton-Wahpeton Dakota community.  His local knowledge was helpful in the explorations and writings of George Catlin, Joseph Nicollet and John C. Fremont.

"Parked In South Dakota"

Jan 28, 2013
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The latest issue of South Dakota Magazine features "Parked in South Dakota" as its cover story.  South Dakota Magazine visited with  old car lovers all over the state who told the story behind their historic cars.  Katie Hunhoff, managing editor of South Dakota Magazine, and Joe Floyd of Sioux Falls, who owns several historic automobiles, joined Karl Gehrke on Monday.  Floyd talked about the history of his 1936 Ford Cabriolet.

International Holocaust Remembrance Day

Jan 24, 2013

January 27th is International Holocaust Remembrance Day, the anniversary of the day Auschwitz was liberated by Soviet troops in 1945.  Patrick Hicks, Writer-in-Residence at Augustana College in Sioux Falls, has just finished his first novel, "The Commandant of Lubizec."  It's loosely based upon what happened at Treblinka, the Nazi extermination camp in German-occupied Poland, as well as other "Operation Reinhard" camps.

Kimball Village Site Topic of Augustana Lecture Sunday

Jan 18, 2013

In the late 19-30s, archaeologists started a project north of Sioux City, Iowa. They had heard about people finding Native artifacts above ground in a few locations. Upon starting the dig, the workers found a village born sometime around the year 1150. This Sunday, Lynn Alex with the Iowa State Historical Society will speak on recent findings at the Kimball Village site. She will appear at Augustana College in Sioux Falls. Today on Dakota Digest, SDPB’s Gary Ellenbolt asks Alex about the site and what people can learn at the lecture.

"Dogs Of War"

Jan 15, 2013

Dog-lover and author Kathleen Kinsolving is convinced that the faithful dogs of Franklin D. Roosevelt and Generals George Patton and Dwight Eisenhower helped them handle the enormous stress of battle.  She joined Dakota Midday to discuss her second book, "Dogs of War."

Funny Ladies

Jan 14, 2013

Pioneers of Television rolls out three new episodes beginning Tuesday night at 7 p.m. Central on SDPB-TV with "Funny Ladies."  BT Media in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, produces Pioneers of Television for PBS.  BT Media writer/producer Mike Trinklein previewed the new run on Monday.

Smithsonian Partnership

Jan 14, 2013

A new partnership between the South Dakota State Historical Society at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre and the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C., was announced Friday.  The announcement followed the Society's successful partnership in the recent National Youth Summit about the Dust Bowl.  Karl Gerhke was joined by Harold Closter, Director of Smithsonian Affiliations, and Jay Smith of the South Dakota State Historical Society.

"A Meeting Of The Grandfathers"

Dec 11, 2012

This month marks the 150th anniversary of the largest mass execution in U.S. history.  Thirty-eight Dakota men were hanged in Mankato, Minnesota, on December 26, 1862.  The hangings came after the U.S./Dakota War in the summer of 1862.  Lyle W. Miller's painting, "A Meeting of the Grandfathers," is featured in the Minnesota Historical Society's exhibit about the U.S./Dakota War of 1862.  Miller is speaking on the war at the Prehistoric Indian Village in Mitchell on Friday at 2:00 pm. 

Historic Properties

Dec 10, 2012

Chris Nelson, a historical preservation specialist with the South Dakota State Historical Society, discussed the five South Dakota properties which have been added to the National Register of Historic Places.  They include the Pringle House in Pierre, the Chapel in the Hills in Rapid City, the Golden Summit Mine Foreman's Cabin in Hill City, the Pearson Cabin near Deadwood and the House of Gurney Historic District in Yankton.

Rock & Roll Inductees

Dec 6, 2012

The South Dakota Rock & Roll Hall of Fame's 2013 inductees were announced on Tuesday.  Don Fritz, Chairman of the South Dakota Rock & Roll Music Association, joined Karl Gehrke to talk about the inductees and reminisce.  The induction ceremony is scheduled for April, 2013, in Sioux Falls.

Christmas At The Capitol

Dec 4, 2012

The annual display of Christmas trees can now be viewed at the State Capitol building in Pierre.  Mike Mueller, special projects coordinator for the South Dakota Bureau of Administration, talked about the history of the display as well as restoration and preservation projects.

Blue Cloud Abbey Artifacts Moving

Nov 28, 2012

Augustana College and the Office of the Abbot at Blue Cloud Abbey announced Monday that the Center for Western Studies in Sioux Falls has been named as the repository for more than 4000 books, 40,000 photographs and various artifacts from the Blue Cloud Abbey/American Indian Culture Research Center collection previously housed at the Benedictine monastery near Marvin.  Blue Cloud Abbey officially closed on August 5.  Karl Gehrke visits with Harry Thompson, executive director of the Center for Western Studies, who says the Center will place a portion of the AICRC artifacts on display in the

New National Music Museum Director

Nov 27, 2012

Cleveland Johnson became the new director of the National Music Museum in Vermillion on November 1.  He says one of his goals is to emphasize the "National" in National Music Museum.  He discusses the museum's growth and projects as well as his career in music.

StoryCorps Military Voices

Nov 20, 2012

Friday is the fifth StoryCorps' National Day of Listening.  Launched in 2008, it is meant to encourage people to record an interview with a friend, loved one, or member of their community on the day after Thanksgiving as meaningful gifts we can give one another during the holiday season.  This year's National Day of Listening will focus on the military and their loved ones.  Karl Gehrke visits with StoryCorp founder and president David Isay.

Dust Bowl

Nov 19, 2012

Donald J. Berg, Professor Emeritus of Geography and History at South Dakota State University, has been researching the Dirty '30s for some time and has reached the conclusion that many writers and researchers may have missed the boat on presenting a comprehensive narrative of the Dust Bowl.  Berg also discusses the Ken Burns Dust Bowl series which premiered last night.

This special edition of Dakota Midday is dedicated to the late Senator George McGovern. Three guests join the show today to discuss the life, leadership and legacy of McGovern. We first hear from grandson Matt McGovern who's first experience in South Dakota politics was traveling the state as a child during his grandfather's 1980 Senate campaign. Donald Simmons joins the conversation - he's the Executive Director of the George and Eleanor McGovern Center for Leadership and Public Service at Dakota Wesleyan University in Mitchell. McGovern graduated from Dakota Wesleyan after World War II.


Sep 27, 2012

Dr. Gary Moulton is the keynote speaker for the Encounters on the Prairie Chapter of the Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation's regional meeting and symposium celebrating the life of Sacagawea.  The meetings are September 28-30 in Ft. Pierre.  Moulton is Thomas C. Sorensen Professor Emeritus of History at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.  He's known for his work as editor of the award-winning Journals of the Lewis and Clark Expedition.  This December marks the 200th anniversary of Sacagawea's reported death in present day South Dakota.