Gold!

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

The discovery that led to the gold mining industry in the Black Hills changed everything and re-shaped the culture of the entire region.

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Valley Queen Cheese - 90 Years in Milbank

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An SDPB mini-documentary about the founding and success of one of South Dakota's most important and long-lived businesses.

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The South Dakota Roots of our National Anthem

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The commander of Fort Meade was the first to use the Star Spangled Banner for official ceremonies, setting the stage for the song to later become our national anthem.

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Niels Ebbeson Hansen: Exploration for Cultivation

Last Updated by Brian Gevik, Text by Gwen McCausland - Director - SD Agricultural Heritage Museum - Brookings on

Niels Ebbeson Hansen, a horticulturalist, artist, and explorer, brought plants from the far corners of the world to the plains of South Dakota.

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Ralph L. Patty - Reviving Rammed Earth

Last Updated by Brian Gevik, Text by Gwen McCausland - Director - SD Agricultural Heritage Museum - Brookings on

Extension engineer Ralph Patty took an ancient construction method and studied its science for the benefit the farmers of South Dakota.

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The Collectors

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Most people have at least a few old photos but for some, collecting historical images is a passion.

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Fred W. Farrar: Black Hills Pioneer Photographer

Last Updated by Brian Gevik, Text by Mark Slocum - Director of the Minnilusa Historical Association and Pioneer Collection at the Journey Museum & Learning Center - Rapid City on

Part historian and part artist, Fred Farrar chronicled the Black Hills from the turn of the century through depression of the 1930s.

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Animals of Custer State Park

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

Custer State Park is home to a diverse wildlife population. Some species nearly wiped out during the 19th century are now thriving thanks to intensive and long-lived conservation efforts.

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George V. Ayres: Business Man and the Father of Good Roads

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Deadwood's pioneers of 1876 were remarkably successful at building a Black Hills community from the ground up. George Ayres was a key contributor.

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Taxidermy, Natural History Education, and Bennie the Bison

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

The Journey Museum and Learning Center is home to a historically significant taxidermy collection.

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South Dakota's Military Forts

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

South Dakota was once home to more than a dozen Army outposts.

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Martha Bullock

Last Updated by Brian Gevik, Text by Rachel Lovelace-Portal - Curator of Collections - Deadwood History Inc. on

The wife of Seth Bullock brought a degree of sophistication and a sense of civic pride to early Deadwood.

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Joseph Gladden Hutton: Soil in His Soul

Posted by Brian Gevik, Text: Gwen McCausland - Director - SD Ag Heritage Museum - Brookings on

A South Dakota soil scientist predicted the Dust Bowl of the 1930s and helped farmers recover from the disaster when it was over.

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South Dakota: A River Runs Through It

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

A brief history of the Missouri River and it's importance to South Dakota's identity.

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Tootsie the Coyote

Posted by Brian Gevik, Text by Carolyn Weber - Executive Director - Deadwood History Inc. on

Deadwood's unofficial mascot of the 1950s gained fame and a long-lived South Dakota legacy.

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