Calvin Coolidge at Mount Rushmore - 1927

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Two short film clips show President Calvin Coolidge traveling to and speaking at the first Mount Rushmore dedication.

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Author Rex Allen Smith's Account of the 1890 Wounded Knee Massacre

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The author of a respected book about Wounded Knee offers his version of what happened there on Dec. 28 and 29, 1890.

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Spearfish Aviation - 1913 & 1938

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One of the first aircraft in South Dakota landing at the fairgrounds, and a late 1930's fly-in at the Spearfish airport featuring several makes and models of commercial, military, and stunt aircraft.

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Faith, SD Fair and Rodeo

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Film shot in 1927 shows a carnival on the main street of Faith, rodeo entertainment, and cowboys riding or attempting to ride bucking broncs.

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Discovering the Hot Springs Mammoth Site - 1974

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How the discovery of some old bones led to the development of one of the world's premier fossil beds.

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Skiing Terry Peak - 1949

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Amateur film shot in 1949 shows skiers enjoying the slopes at Terry Peak in the Black Hills.

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Three Sioux Falls Schools - 1928

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Film shot in 1928 features buildings and students at Augustana College, Washington High School, and Columbus College on the grounds of what is now the Royal C. Johnson Veterans Hospital.

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The Golden Reward Mine

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The Golden Reward mine south of Lead, South Dakota, operated as a surface mine during the late 1980s and 1990s, extracting gold from ore using a process called "heap leaching."

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The Open Cut - Lead

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The most productive gold mine in North America began as a surface mine. What remains is a South Dakota landmark.

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Pheasant Hunting - 1950s & 60s

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South Dakota's been famous for pheasants for decades, and the annual hunt is a treasured tradition.

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Homecoming - 1954

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Black Hills State College homecoming included a few Spearfish High School students.

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The Glendoris (Latchstring) Inn

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The story of a landmark resort in the Black Hills - still in business after more than a century.

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Custer State Park Buffalo Roundup

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Started in the 1930s as a herd management technique, the annual roundup has become a major Black Hills tourist attraction.

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Spearfish Canyon - 1938

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A 1938 film promoting tourism in the Black Hills features Spearfish Canyon.

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Black Hills State University - 1913

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Film shot in 1913 shows an event at Spearfish Normal School, the educational institution then on the site of what is now Black Hills State University.

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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...