Television Special: The Historical Footprints Collection

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A 30-minute SDPB TV documentary featuring clips from historical South Dakota films shot between 1913 - 1962.

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The Charles Nolin Monument and Film - Sturgis, 1932

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A stone monument and film commemorate Charles "Red" Nolin, a pony mail carrier killed on the Deadwood Trail in 1876.

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JFK in South Dakota - 1962

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President John F. Kennedy in Pierre - August 17, 1962.

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Dwight Eisenhower at Mount Rushmore - June 11, 1953

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With Mount Rushmore as a backdrop, President Dwight Eisenhower addressed the South Dakota Young Republicans League.

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FDR at Mount Rushmore - 1936

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President Franklin D. Roosevelt at the dedication of the Jefferson sculpture.

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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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"Personalities with Chuck Anderson"

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

Personalities: South Dakota Soldiers, Sailors, War Memorials

On July 16, 1994, Chuck Anderson visited Pierre to attend an event called "South Dakotans in WWII." It took place at...

Personalities: The Great Flood of 1993

The Great Flood of 1993 hit the American Midwest from May to September, running along the Mississippi and Missouri...

Personalities: At Home with Baxter Black

In Chuck Anderson's first interview with Baxter Black, the duo had a strong rapport. So, Chuck had to visit Baxter...

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...