Presidential Visits to South Dakota

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The late President George H.W. Bush came to South Dakota four times. Fifteen other U.S. Presidents also visited the Rushmore State at least once.

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The Black Hills Industrial Show - Deadwood

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A long-running trade show that began during the Great Depression established Deadwood as an attractive destination for business events, conferences, and meetings.

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Find Your Own "Images of the Past"

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The amount of historical images and documents available online is vast and growing. Here are a few of the public, commercial, and social media options for exploring the world of digitized historical records.

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Veterans of the WWII Battleship South Dakota

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Four former crewmen attended a reunion in the summer of 2018 at the Battleship Memorial in Sioux Falls. Each shared a few memories of service during World War II.

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Native American Images on Money

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There are South Dakota connections to the "Buffalo Nickel" and other U.S. coins featuring images of Native Americans.

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The Homestake Mining Company Lockout

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Homestake gold mine managers responded to a 1909 labor dispute by shutting down the mine for nearly two months.

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Aberdeen’s Equity Union Creamery

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The nation's first cooperative creamery was located in Aberdeen, South Dakota. It became one of the region's largest producers of dairy products.

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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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"Personalities with Chuck Anderson"

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

Personalities: Gladys Pyle - A Woman of "Firsts" in Politics and Government

Gladys Pyle was the first woman elected to the S.D. House, the first woman elected to the U.S. Senate, and the first...

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,...