The Missouri River Flood of 1881

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A devastating spring flood changed Yankton, Vermillion, and other river towns forever.

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The Lumber Industry in the Black Hills

Last Updated by Brian Gevik, Text by Gary Enright - Director - 1881 Courthouse Museum - Custer on

The first business in the first town in the Black Hills was a sawmill.

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Henry Frawley: Pioneer Lawyer and Rancher

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How a Deadwood lawyer became a successful rancher, succeeding where many others had failed.

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Native Americans and Community Celebrations

Last Updated by Brian Gevik, Text by Gary Enright - Director - 1881 Courthouse Museum - Custer on

Native Americans in South Dakota have participated in off-reservation community events for a long time.

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Deadwood Doctor Frank S. Howe

Last Updated by Brian Gevik, Text: Jessica Michak - Archivist - Homestake Adams Research and Cultural Center - Deadwood History Inc. on

Dr. Frank Howe served the Deadwood community for nearly 60 years.

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South Dakota on Film

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A look at movies shot in or set in South Dakota.

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The Fassbender Collection

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A huge collection of photos and films spans more than a century of Black Hills history.

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New Survey, New Elevation for SD's Highest Mountain

Last Updated by Brian Gevik, Additional text by Paul Horsted, Photos courtesy Paul Horsted and Jerry Penry on

A 2016 survey revealed that the long-accepted elevation of Black Elk Peak was not accurate.

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Images of the Past TV Specials

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Quick access to SDPB's "Images of the Past" documentaries.

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The Big Springs Train Robbery

Posted by Brian Gevik, Text by Gary Enright - Director - 1881 Courthouse Museum - Custer on

An 1887 holdup turned out to be more than the robbers bargained for.

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Annie Tallent - First White Woman in the Black Hills

Last Updated by Brian Gevik, Text by Gary Enright - Director - 1881 Courthouse Museum - Custer on

Annie Tallent came to the Black Hills with the first group of white settlers looking for gold. Her legacy is that of a teacher and historian.

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Yankton's Mead Building

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The former centerpiece of the Human Services Center will one day be a museum.

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Homestake Mine - Construction and Mining in the 1930s

Posted by Brian Gevik, Film Courtesy: Historical Footprints Inc. - Lead on

Film shot in the middle to late 1930s shows the construction of a Lead, South Dakota landmark. The film also shows miners at work in what was once the world's deepest gold mine.

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West River Children's Hospital & Polio Center - 1949

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A film shot just after the 1948 polio epidemic shows what was done to help South Dakota kids afflicted with the disease.

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The Gordon Stockade

Last Updated by Brian Gevik, Text by Gary Enright - Director - 1881 Courthouse Museum - Custer on

The Stockade was built to shelter and protect the Black Hills' first gold seekers.

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"Personalities" with Chuck Anderson. Vintage radio interviews with well known and not so well known South Dakotans.

Personalities: How to Survive A Death March

When you're drafted into the military, you have a chance of being on the front lines. When you're on the front lines,...

Personalities: "Hell No, We Don't Glow!"

In the southern shadow of the Black Hills sits a small town with a small population...and a big past. Chuck Anderson...

Personalities: Being Volga German in an Anti-German World

The "Germans from Russia" story continues with Drs. Tim Kloberdanz and Harry Delker, experts in German anthropology...

Personalities: How the Volga Germans Came to America

The Dakotas are a product of Native American and northern European cultures. With a deeper look, one can see the...

Personalities: Baxter Black

The nation knows his tongue-in-cheek performances on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson . People from the heartland...

Personalities: Roy and Lucille Fitz Pt. II

In this continuation of the story of Roy and Lucille Fitz, the De Smet couple discusses the reality of the...

Personalities: Roy and Lucille Fitz, Part 1

Sadly, we're losing senior South Dakotans able to share first-hand remembrances of what life was like here in the...