Images of the Past

In The Moment ... June 30, 2020 Show 849 Hour 1

The battle for women's suffrage in the United States was complex, controversial, and sometimes built on division instead of solidarity.

Sara Egge joins In The Moment for Images of the Past. Originally from South Dakota, Egge is an Associate Professor of History at Centre College in Kentucky. She's a contributor to the book "Equality at the Ballot Box: Votes for Women on the Northern Great Plains." Egge has also authored "Woman Suffrage and Citizenship in the Midwest: 1870-1920."

Images Of The Past: Huset’s Speedway

Jun 23, 2020

In The Moment … June 23, 2020 Show 844 Hour 1

It was in 1954 that soybean farmer Til Huset turned his field into a 3/8 mile dirt oval in Brandon South Dakota. Huset's Speedway remained open for 2 seasons but then sat empty for 2 years. For today's Images of the Past, we learn more about this track and its deep racing history.

Joining us are Tom Savage and Tom Savage Junior.

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. 

Arts & Lifestyle: May 16 - 22

May 22, 2020

In this week’s art & lifestyle podcast, we are joined by Mike Lee’s and discuss his first full-length album, Images of the Past brings us an old video, and Author Richard Haass talks globalization. 

Images of the Past: The Governor Roundtable

May 18, 2020
South Dakota State Archives

In The Moment … May 18, 2020 Show 819 Hour 2

Today's Images of the Past has us talking about an education film that was produced in 1961. This film is a series of interviews and a roundtable discussion featuring South Dakota's then-current and still-living governors. Mathew Reitzel is the manuscript archivist at the South Dakota State Archives in Pierre. He joins us with more on this film which was hosted by Leonard Jennewein, a professor of history at Dakota Wesleyan University.

Arts & Lifestyle: May 9 - 15

May 15, 2020

The 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th ammendment, Gene Sperling's new book on the economy, and a number of other topics are covered in this week's In the Moment Arts & Lifestyle Podcast.

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. 


Images of the Past: The Manchester Biscuit Company

May 4, 2020

In The Moment … May 4, 2020 Show 809 Hour 2

Images of the Past allows us an opportunity to go back in time and learn about what shaped South Dakota. Today we shine the light on a company that began operating in the early 1900s and had locations in several South Dakota cities like Aberdeen, Rapid City, and Sioux Falls. Bill Hoskins is the director of the Siouxland Heritage Museums in Sioux Falls, he joins us to tell us about the Manchester Biscuit Company. 


Arts & Lifestyle: Apr 25 - May 1

May 1, 2020

In this week's In the Moment Arts & Lifestyle Podcast, we learn about the development of the first telephone network in South Dakota, discuss the role of faith during the pandemic, and a #1 New York Times best selling author joins us to talk her newest book.

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.

Images of the Past: Fred Farrar

Apr 20, 2020
Mark Slocum

In The Moment ... April 20, 2020 Show 799 Hour 2

The history and pictures of western South Dakota run deep. Fred Farrar captured the Black Hills from the turn of the century through the depression of the 1930s. As a young boy, Fred's mother read him "Last of the Mohican's" which ended up being a major influence on him when it came to nature and Native American culture. For today's Images of the Past, Mark Slocum tells us more of this pioneer. Mark is the executive director of the Minnilusa Historical Association and Pioneer Collection in Rapid City.


Images Of The Past: Images Of The Present

Apr 14, 2020

In The Moment ... April 14, 2020 Show 795 Hour 2

Journey Museum's Digital Efforts

Mar 30, 2020

In The Moment ... March 30, 2020 Show 784 Hour 2

South Dakota museums are among the many gathering places forced to close their doors to the public for the time being; just doing what has to be done to keep everybody safe and healthy. The Journey Museum and Learning Center in Rapid City is no exception but they're working hard to keep the education and entertainment going by bringing learning experiences and stories about history to an online audience. Here to talk with us about that is Troy Kilpatrick, the director of the Journey Museum.

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.

South Dakota Historical Society Foundation

In The Moment ... March 16, 2020 Show 774 Hour 2

March is Women's History Month. This year marks the 100th Anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment, guaranteeing women's constitutional right to vote. A delegation of women appointed by Governor Kristi Noem is kicking off a celebratory campaign called "her Vote. her Voice." For today's Images of the Past, we welcome Catherine Forsch, CEO of the South Dakota Historical Society Foundation. 

Images Of The Past: Pleasant Valley

Mar 11, 2020
1881 Courthouse Museum, Custer

In The Moment ... March 9, 2020 Show 769 Hour 2

Southwest of Custer South Dakota you'll find Pleasant Valley. There you will find what we know today as 12-mile Ranch. A fascinating and historic story involves early settlers, the Joseph & Sarah Heumphreus Family. For today's Images of the Past, we invited Gary Enright from the 1881 Courthouse Museum in Custer to join us.

Images Of The Past: Pioneering Suffrage

Mar 2, 2020
Jody Moritz

In The Moment ... March 2, 2020 Show 764 Hour 2

In this week's Images of the Past, we focus on Major John A. Pickler, his wife Alice, their lovely home in Faulkton, and pioneering suffrage work in South Dakota.

J. Pickler was a territorial legislator who went on to represent the new state in the U.S. House. He introduced a suffrage amendment for the Dakota Territory, which passed both houses of the legislature only to be vetoed by the governor. That was 1885.

Alice Pickler was a true leader in both Territorial and State efforts to recognize woman suffrage.

Images Of The Past: Planes, Trains, & Motorcycles

Feb 24, 2020

In The Moment ... February 24, 2020 Show 759 Hour 2 From the foot-trails of indigenous people to the rumbling pipes of the Sturgis motorcycle rally, South Dakota has been home to a vast array of transportation developments. An exhibit at the Journey Museum and Learning Center in Rapid City explores the "Planes, Trains, and Motorcycles", and how they have transformed the Black Hills.  For today's Images of the Past, we're joined by the Journey Museum's Corey Christianson. 

South Dakota Historical Society

In The Moment ... February 18, 2020 Show 755 Hour 2

A fledgling state government in debt, a treasurer on the lam, and a parade of money on its way to Pierre. For today's Images of the Past, SDPB's Heather Benson brings us the story of the Great Statehouse Heist of 1895. Find the full story on our website at

Arts & Lifestyle: Jan 18 - 24

Jan 24, 2020

In this week's arts and lifestyle coverage, learn abouta senior point guard for the Pine Ridge Thorpes who had a lot of challenges throughout his high school career, yet, beyond all of that, he is still one of the best basketball players in South Dakota. You'll also hear an "Images of the Past" about one of South Dakota's oldest visitor attractions, Christine Stewart stops by to discuss an upsoming anthology, and some "Poetry from Studio 47."

Images of the Past: Dinosaur Park

Jan 21, 2020
South Dakota Tourism

In The Moment ... January 21, 2020 Show 737 Hour 2

Visitors from all over the globe still run the rolling hills of one of South Dakota's oldest visitor attractions, Dinosaur Park. For today's Images of the Past, we look at how those dinosaurs found a home on a ridge of sandstone in western South Dakota. We're joined by Troy Kilpatrick, executive director at the Journey Museum and Learning Center, along with Pat Roseland with the Minnilusa Historical Association.

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.

Journey Museum and Learning Center

In The Moment ... December 16, 2019 Show 720 Hour 2

Today for Images of the Past, we explore the legend of a Rapid City night watchman. John Leary made his way west from New York in the search for gold, but it was an explosion that changed his life permanently.  Corey Christianson is a curator at the Journey Museum and Learning Center in Rapid City. She joins us with the story of Hooky Jack and his faithful dog Rags.


U.S. Bureau of Mines, 1947. Courtesy: Lonis Wendt

In The Moment ... December 10, 2019 Show 716 Hour 1

How much do you know about Lyman County in South Dakota? Founded in 1873, it's bordered on the north and east by the Missouri River and was named for politician, W.P. Lyman.

Lonis Wendt, a part-time historian, and resident of Vivian, South Dakota joins us today for Images of the Past with a couple of more things you may not have known about Lyman County.

Siouxland Heritage Museums, Sioux Falls

In The Moment ... November 25, 2019 Show 707 Hour 2

During today's Images of the Past, Eli Paul, author of, “The Frontier Army: Episodes from Dakota and the West,” joined us to discuss his book.

Images Of The Past: Carvings of St. Lawrence Island

Nov 18, 2019
Journey Museum

In The Moment ... November 18, 2019 Show 701 Hour 2

For today's Images of the Past, we explore a current exhibit at the Journey Museum in Rapid City. Song of the Sea: Carvings of St. Lawrence Island explores the traditional art of ivory and bone carving. 

Conor McMahan is the Chief Curator of the Indian Arts and Crafts Board at the Journey Museum and Learning Center in Rapid City.

Arts & Lifestyle: Nov 2 - 8

Nov 8, 2019

The All Nations Veteran Cemetery has been open in the Standing Rock Reservation for several months. The land offers burial sites for any veteran and offers native veterans a tribute to their cultural legacies. And it will offer ceremonies and traditions that the federal government tried to ban for generations. 

That’s Darren Jackson (Kid Dakota) Plays us some tunes. 

South Dakota State Archives

In The Moment ... November 4, 2019 Show 693 Hour 2

Throughout history, people have been drawn to a romanticized version of ranching. The lived experience of raising cattle and horses has an even more fascinating history than most people realize.

We explore the history of livestock branding in this week's Images of the Past segment. Gary Enright, director of the 1881 Courthouse Museum in Custer, tells the story.

You can find more on livestock branding at


In The Moment ... October 2, 2019 Show 671 Hour 2

South Dakotans have endured wildfires and drought, blizzards and tornadoes, and, notably in 2019, floods. For this week's Images of the Past, we explore the history of floods in southeast South Dakota, including the devastation to communities and livestock.

Lori Walsh visits with Crystal Nelson, Curator of the Dakota Territorial Museum.