Halvor Christian Solberg: Creating Captains of Industry

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

Halvor Solberg developed the curriculum for the mechanical engineering department at South Dakota State University. He not only taught classes but also designed the building that now bears his name.

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The Deadly Sioux Falls Tornado of 1932

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A 1932 storm that killed two ravaged land and property where two shopping malls now stand.

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WNAX Missouri Valley Barn Dance

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A Yankton radio show brought the fun of a barn dance to listeners all over the Midwest.

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WNAX: Grandpa Windpenny

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From the late 1940s through the mid-'50s, Grandpa Windpenny, aka Lloyd Reedstrom, would warm-up the Missouri Valley Barn Dance audience and then disappear backstage for a quick change. He would reappear as announcer Lloyd Grant and begin hosting the live radio show on WNAX.

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The Friendship Tower Re-dedication

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An event commemorating the centennial of the Friendship Tower, which was built by Seth Bullock in honor of his friendship with Teddy Roosevelt.

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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