Heritage of Arms

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A look at guns in the history and culture of South Dakota

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A World War II Vet's Chance Encounter With Frank Sinatra - 1944

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Rapid City resident Bill Lofgren was in basic training in Los Angeles in 1944. While hitchhiking on Sunset Boulevard, he and several buddies got an unexpected ride from Frank Sinatra and a memorable night on the town.

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The Black Hills Passion Play - 1939-2008

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An outdoor stage play based on the death and resurrection of Jesus ran in Spearfish from 1939 until 2008.

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South Dakota's "Superwolves"

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Some of the last wolves to roam freely in South Dakota were notorious for their aggressiveness and cunning.

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South Dakota in World War One - An Airman's Story

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After the war, bomber pilot Fred Christopherson worked for 33 years as the managing editor of the Sioux Falls Argus Leader.

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South Dakota in World War One - A Soldier's Story

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In 1917, Vincent Laughlin Knewell left his carpentry job in Sioux Falls to fight in France. He endured five months of combat before returning home.

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The Cane of John Blair Smith Todd

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This cane was owned by one of the most influential men in early Dakota Territory and witnessed the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln.

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South Dakota in World War One - The Old Courthouse Museum Exhibit

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An exhibit at the Old Courthouse Museum in Sioux Falls offers insight into the local view of the Great War.

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W. H. Illingworth - 1874 Custer Expedition Photographer

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Photographer William H. Illingworth documented Custer's historic 1874 foray into the Black Hills.

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Launching the Battleship South Dakota, 1941

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A recently-restored audio recording captures the essence of the historic event.

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Nell Perrigoue - Women in Local History

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Nell Perrigoue was an active and accomplished Deadwood leader for many years.

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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

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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

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

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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,...