South Dakota History

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Images of the Past

Nov 23, 2020

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

The Presentation Sisters

Aug 4, 2020
The Presentation Sisters

In The Moment … August 4, 2020 Show 873 Hour 1

During this centennial year of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, which assured that women in the United States have a right to vote, SDPB has embarked on a project to tell the history of suffrage in South Dakota.

Woven in with the stories you've been hearing all summer about the original vanguards of suffrage, we've also been bringing you profiles of women who have changed (and are changing) South Dakota history. Today we highlight the Presentation Sisters. Sister Lynn Marie Welbig joins us with more.

Journey Museum

In The Moment ... March 19, 2018 Show 299 Hour 2 

For this week's Images of the past we welcome Corey Christianson, Exhibits and Curations Coordinator, Journey Museum and Learning Center, Rapid City.

The museum's upcoming exhibit is called Music and Immigrants of the Dakotahs.

Lori Walsh

In the Moment ... March 12, 2018 Show 294 Hour 1

Photographer Paul Horstead discusses Custer's expedition, the changing Black Hills, his next project that focuses on South Dakota, and more.


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.

In The Moment ... December 19, 2017 Show 243 Hour 1

Documentary filmmaker Dan Manatt and historian Jon Lauck join us for a look at a project to explore Midwest History.

In The Moment ... December 11, 2017 Show 237 Hour 2 

Gary Enright, director of the 1881 Courthouse Museum in Custer joins us for a look at this week's Images of the Past. Today we discuss efforts to bring the United Nations headquarters to the Black Hills of South Dakota.

The Journey Museum

In The Moment ... November 20, 2017 Show 224 Hour 2

Corey Christianson, Journey Museum Curator of Exhibits for a look at the history and significance of Ellsworth. The Journey Museum’s exhibit is open until January.

Lee Strubinger

In The Moment ... November 20, 2017 Show 224 Hour 1

Newspaper publisher and columnist Tim Giago believes it's time to re-imagine the site of the Wounded Knee Massacre as a place to heal wounds, memorialize the dead, and honor the living. He's raising money to purchase 40 acres of land adjacent to the burial site. He joins us from SDPB's Black Hills Bureau.

In The Moment ... October 25, 2017 Show 206 Hour 2

David Wolff is Professor Emeritus from Black Hills State University where he specialized in South Dakota and Black Hills history. He's giving a lecture as part of the Turtle Soup Lecture Series, this Friday, October 27 at noon. It's called “Seth Bullock in Black Hills and Reality.”

In The Moment ... October 10, 2017 Show 195 Hour 1

Find the history of the frontier by following the money. The West River History Conference explores “Commerce on the Frontier” this weekend in Rapid City. Shebby Lee is president of the West River History Conference. She joins us to talk banking, rodeo, and the precarious intricacies of shuttling gold through Deadwood.

In The Moment ... October 4, 2017 Show 191 Hour 1

It was the beep heard round the world, and it ushered in an era of fear in America. The launch of the world's first satellite occurred 60 years ago today. With Sputnik in space ... the race for security quickly came to South Dakota. Joe Brehm, Chief of Interpretation at the Minuteman Missile National Historic Site in western South Dakota.

In The Moment ... October 2, 2017 Show 189 Hour 1

The city of Deadwood has a rich and vibrant history. But there are darker stories to be told as well. This month you can join in a professional paranormal investigation at the Historic Adams House in Deadwood. Joining us now for more is Rose Speirs, with Deadwood History Incorporated, along with Mo Miller. He's with Black Hills Paranormal Investigations.

In The Moment ... September 15, 2017 Show 178 Hour 1

When we look at the history of white supremacist organizations in America, it's easy to point a finger at the American South. Ken Stewart says we don't have to look any farther than South Dakota. Stewart is Archives Research Administrator for the South Dakota State Historical Society.  Tomorrow at 2 p.m., Stewart speaks at the historic AME Allen Chapel in Yankton.  He'll discusses the rise of the Ku Klux Klan in South Dakota in the 1920s.

Lori Walsh

In The Moment ... August 21, 2017 Show 160 Hour 2

A new Honors program at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology invites highly motivated students to seek a deeper education, one that's tied closely to the challenges of the real world. We're joined by Dr. Scott Kenner and Dr. Demitris Kouris from SDSMT.

Shon Anderson is with B9Creations, an international 3D printer company based in Rapid City. He joins us to talk about building an international business from the Black Hills of South Dakota and building a culture of innovation and imagination.

Lori Walsh

In The Moment ... August 15, 2017 Show 156 Hour 2

In February, we talked with filmmaker Matt Ornstein about his documentary "Accidental Courtesy." It follows an aging African American musician whose hobby is to befriend and convert members of the Ku Klux Klan and neo-Nazi groups in America. It's a controversial concept. Should those who preach racism and violence be treated with patience and respect? What is our moral responsibility in the shadow of hate?

In The Moment ... August 1, 2017 Show 146 Hour 2

A diverse law enforcement team can be a more empathetic and community-oriented team. The most diverse class of new Highway Patrol officers recently graduated from training in Pierre. Joining us with insight is Colonel Craig Price. He's superintendent of the South Dakota Highway Patrol.


In The Moment ... May 31, 2017 Show 104 Hour 2

The race for governor in 2018 just got more interesting. The Dakota Political Junkies discuss South Dakota state Senator Billie Sutton’s announcement of his intentions to run for governor. Today we welcome Jon Hunter, Madison Daily Leader publisher and Seth Tupper Rapid City Journal enterprise reporter.

Lee Strubinger

In The Moment ... May 16, 2017 Show 094 Hour 2

South Dakota is known as a stronghold for the Republican Party. But Democrats have waged effective challenges to the GOP, perhaps most notably in the early 1970s.

Jon Lauck joins Dakota Midday to discuss his article in “South Dakota History,” the journal of the South Dakota State Historical Society. The article is called “It disappeared as quickly as it came: The Democratic Surge and the Republican Comeback in South Dakota Politics, 1970-1980.”

Jon Lauck is associate editor and book review editor of Middle West Review and president of the Midwestern History Association.

Black Hills State University

The Judicial Voices Project captures histories of the South Dakota Supreme Court on its 125th Anniversary.  South Dakota Chief Justice David Gilbertson and Judicial Voices Project Director John Glover discussed the genesis and future of the online project as it documents the Court.

One of the best-known early residents of Deadwood is Calamity Jane. According to the various stories about her, she was a scout for the army, a pony express rider, a sidekick of Wild Bill Hickcok, and an angel of mercy who nursed small-pox victims and aided the poor. The reality is she wasn’t a Wild West heroine, but a tragic alcoholic. However, the legend of Calamity Jane has endured from 19th century dime novels, through Hollywood films, to the recent HBO series, Deadwood.

Dakota Midday: Images Of The Past Preview

Sep 14, 2015
Siouxland Heritage Museums

Brian Gevik, online services and television producer for South Dakota Public Broadcasting, previewed a new season of Images of the Past.  He was joined by Bill Hoskins, Director of the Siouxland Heritage Museums.  The new Images of the Past series opens with Thomas Fawick and the Fawick Flyer.  The Fawick Flyer was built in Sioux Falls and is currently on display at the Old Courthouse Museum.  Dakota Midday will share an Images of the Past segment each week.

South Dakota Railroad Museum

Railroads played a crucial role in the development of the state. They provided safe and reliable transportation connecting the frontier to the rest of the nation. While it’s been about a century since their peak, railroads are still vital in supporting the state’s agriculture-dominated economy.

Hugh Glass was a member of a fur trading party in the summer of 1823 when he was attacked by a grizzly bear along the shores of the Grand River, south of present day Lemmon. He was badly wounded and abandoned by two members of the expedition left to look after him. Alone with a broken leg and open wounds, Glass crawled some 200 miles to Fort Kiowa.

Bob Glanzer grew up on a farm northeast of Huron with dreams of becoming a world champion bull rider, but fourth place in the regional high school rodeo was about as close as he got. Instead he became a teacher, and helped with the rodeo club at Wessington Springs High School. He later served as manager of the South Dakota State Fair in the late 1970s and was superintendent of the grandstand stage shows and events for two decades. During his first year as manager, he had to rush out and buy boots for country Johnny Cash minutes before the country music legend took the stage.

Red Cloud was the only American Indian leader to win a war against the United States Army. What's called Red Cloud's War was armed conflict over control of Powder River Country in present day Wyoming. Later he was committed to preserving his people’s traditions and culture as they were moved to reservations.

In his new book of historical fiction set in 1894, And the Wind Whispered, author Dan Jorgensen takes real-life legends like Buffalo Bill, Seth Bullock, Theodore Roosevelt, Annie Oakley, John Philip Sousa and a young Will Rogers and puts them together in the southern Black Hills. They all play a role as a trio of teens tries to solve the mystery of what happened to a man found dead in Wind Cave. Meanwhile, there's also the mystery of missing Homestake gold and an outlaw gang terrorizing the area.

Over the course of their expedition, Lewis and Clark came into contact with nearly 50 Native American tribes. Some had never seen a white man before, while others spoke bits of English and wore hats and coats they received from Europeans.

Presentation College history professor Brad Tennant says that while the meetings between the Corps of Discovery expedition and the native populations were relatively peaceful and friendly, one of the most strained meetings occurred in present-day South Dakota when Lewis and Clark held council with the Teton Sioux, or Lakota.