South Dakota's First Inhabitants

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In observance of South Dakota's Native Americans' Day, a look at the region's first permanent inhabitants.

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Canton's Hiawatha Indian Asylum

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The story of a long-gone federal institution is one of the sadder chapters in the history of the U.S. government's policies regarding Native people.

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The CCC in the Black Hills

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The Civilian Conservation Corps established 50 work camps in South Dakota during the 1930s - many of them in the Black Hills

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Bringing Back Stagecoach Memories

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One of the remaining buildings at a stagecoach stop near Custer, South Dakota, will be moved from the old trail to the 1881 Courthouse Museum.

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From the Great Plains to the Great War

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Full documentary detailing South Dakota's role in World War One.

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The 1972 Rapid City Flood

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The second most deadly flood in U.S. history killed 238, injured thousands, and changed the landscape in the heart of Rapid City.

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National Historic Places of Custer County

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The western South Dakota county boasts some 50 sites on the National Register of Historic Places.

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Jack Hale: Black Hills Pioneer

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Wagon freighter, State Senator, Rancher... Jack Hale accomplished a lot in the early days of Black Hills settlement.

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The Double Christening of the Battleship South Dakota, 1941

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Why South Dakota's namesake WWII battleship was christened twice.

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Winter Counts

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First painted on buffalo hide and later on paper, winter counts provide a pictorial history of various Lakota bands.

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The 'Cowboy Artist' Who Painted Indians

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Charles M. "Charlie" Russell lived and traveled with several native bands in the 1880s and painted what he saw.

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Photographer Bill Groethe and the Last Survivors of the Little Big Horn

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How a Rapid City photographer captured portraits of the veterans of the 1876 Battle of the Little Big Horn.

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Early Girl Scouts of the Black Hills

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The Girl Scouts have been active in the Black Hills since 1917.

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Trolleys on Aberdeen Streets - 1910-1922

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Throughout the 1910s, most of Aberdeen enjoyed streetcar service.

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Music and Immigrants of Dakotah

Last Updated by Brian Gevik, Text by Corey Christianson - Exhibits and Curations Coordinator - Journey Museum and Learning Center - Rapid City on

Dakota Territory was a melting pot of people who were searching for a better life. With all their differences in backgrounds, one thing brought them together, music.

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"Personalities with Chuck Anderson"

Vintage radio interviews with well known and not so well known South Dakotans.

Remembering South Dakota Native Hubert Humphrey

Hubert H. Humphrey was one of the most prominent politicians and policy-makers in the United States from the mid...

Personalities: Col. Chuck "Sam" Gemar - South Dakota Astronaut

Chuck Gemar was born in Yankton and graduated from Scotland high school in 1973. He was accepted into the United...

Personalities: Jim McKinney, Fmr. SDSU Band Director

Jim McKinney came to South Dakota State University in 1975 and was SDSU's band director from 1983 until his...

Personalities: A Pearl Harbor Survivor's Story

Charles "Chuck" Isakson (1917-1997), a Webster native and longtime Huron resident, was among some 50 South Dakotans...

Personalities: Joe Foss

Radio host Chuck Anderson traveled to Joe Foss's Scottsdale, Arizona home in 1996 for an interview with one of the...

Personalities: Amy Burnett

Amy Burnett is one of the best South Dakota basketball players ever. Burnett grew up in Huron and led Huron High to...

Personalities: George Hall, Creator and Collector of South Dakota History

While many bookworms spend their time cocooned in public libraries and bookstores searching for the next great story,...

Personalities: The South Dakota State Fair

The South Dakota State Fair is different every year and yet it never really changes. It's a capstone experience for...