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In The Moment ... May 23, 2019 Show 582 Hour 2

June 1 marks a first of its kind collaboration between the Minuteman Missile National Historic Site and the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre.

Jay Smith, director of the Museum of teh South Dakota State Historical Society, and Eric Leonard, superintendent of the Minuteman Missile National Historic Site, discuss Silent Silos: South Dakota's Missile Field.

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In The Moment ... March 25, 2019 Show 542 Hour 2

Liz Almlie is an Historic Preservation Specialist with the South Dakota State Historical Society. For today's Images of the Past, she joins us for a look at "Early Churches in South Dakota." It's a book by author Robert W. Sebesta.

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In The Moment ... June 20, 2018 Show 362 Hour 1

Recently a series of photographs and letters were processed by the South Dakota State Historical Society. These were World War I era photographs and letters written by Webster native Private Herbert McKennett. Matthew Reitzel is a manuscript archivist with the society and is with us now to expand upon this donation.

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In The Moment ... April 30, 2018 Show 326 Hour 2

The U.S.S. South Dakota has an interesting history, including an unusual christening.

Matthew Reitzel is with the South Dakota State Historical Society State Archives.

In the Moment ... April 17, 2018 Show 317 Hour 2

From a study of the history of human interaction with the Black Hills to an exploration of South Dakota's culinary landscape, the upcoming South Dakota State Historical Society History Conference looks at the land of infinite variety.

David Williams and Katie Lamie are with the South Dakota State Historical Society Archaeological Research Center.

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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.

In The Moment ... May 5, 2017 Show 087 Hour 1

Exterior of the Soldiers and Sailors World War Memorial
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On July 16, 1994, Chuck Anderson visited Pierre to attend an event called "South Dakotans in WWII." It took place at the newly minted Soldiers and Sailors World War Memorial Building, and Chuck got to take a tour.

He met George Summerside, the Veterans Education Program Representative for the State Office inside the building where the Robinson Museum and State Historical Society used to be.

George begins to describe the layout of the memorial.

The New Colossus

In The Moment ... February 21, 2017 Show 034 Hour 1

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.

The Northern League

The Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre is hosting a program to honor baseball in South Dakota.

The South Dakota State Historical Society is currently hosting a baseball exhibit on the Northern League. It showcases four teams from the Mt. Rushmore state, Sioux Falls, Watertown, Huron, and Aberdeen.

One individual collects memorabilia to help showcase “America’s Pastime” in South Dakota.

Northern League baseball collector and researcher Paul Gertsen joined the program this week to talk about the history of baseball in South Dakota - specifically regarding the Northern League. On Saturday, Gertsen will present "Baseball That Mattered: 25 Years of the Northern League in South Dakota" at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre, SD.

In 2014, Gertsen donated a large amount of Northern League baseball memorabilia to the South Dakota State Historical Society. The collection is in an exhibit that is still on display today.

Jay Smith and Ronette Rumpca join Midday to discuss the upcoming South Dakota State Historical Society's conference on South Dakota’s Food Heritage. It’s a conversation about regional food traditions, from local wild catches and immigrant dishes, to diners and drive-ins across the state.

Plus, Rumpca and Midday host Lori Walsh wax nostalgic about their grandmother's cooking.

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Gaylord Torrence, Senior Curator of American Indian Art at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art discusses the international touring exhibition, "The Plains Indians: Artists of Earth and Sky".   Torrence is one of the nation's leading scholars of Plains Indian art.  He describes the Great Sioux Horse Effigy as being a truly quintessential piece. 

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English travel writer Fraser Harrison is back in South Dakota for his sixth trip to the state in six years, but his first during winter. He turned 70 last fall and a return to the state during winter seemed like a good time to ponder old age and death.  Harrison says he's interested in that period when one considers oneself as old, or oldish, but when one still retains mot of one's physical and mental powers, or enough to maintain a flourishing life.

Doane Robinson Collection

Jun 18, 2014
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Historical items of Doane Robinson, the first secretary of the South Dakota State Historical Society, are now available in the South Dakota Digital Archives.  The Doane Robinson collection consists of correspondence, manuscripts, poetry, genealogical date, census and related statistics and miscellaneous papers.  Matthew Reitzel, Manuscript and Photo Archivist, and Chelle Somsen, State Archivist, both with the South Dakota State Historical Society, discussed the collection along with the rapid process of digitization, working with changing technology and taking history "outside the four wall

The Northern League

Apr 7, 2014

Aberdeen native Paul Gertsen has given his entire collection of Northern League baseball memorabilia to the South Dakota State Historical Society. The collection features artifacts such as the plaque from the cornerstone of Aberdeen Athletic Field, home of the Aberdeen Pheasants, built in 1937 by the WPA; game-worn uniforms from the Aberdeen Pheasants, St. Cloud Rox and Winnipeg Maroons; team autographed baseballs and game-used bats; and more than 560 autographs of major league players, coaches and umpires who were at one time associated with the Northern League.