Winter Counts

Posted by Brian Gevik, Text by Conor McMahon - Chief Curator - U.S. Dept. of the Interior - Indian Arts and Crafts Board on

First painted on buffalo hide and later on paper, winter counts provide a pictorial history of various Lakota bands.

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Early Girl Scouts of the Black Hills

Last Updated by Brian Gevik, Text by Rachel-Lovelace Portal - Curator of Collections - Deadwood History Inc. on

The Girl Scouts have been active in the Black Hills since 1917.

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Holy White Man

Last Updated by Text by Gary Enright - Director - 1881 Courthouse Museum - Custer, Brian Gevik on

Frontier doctor Valentine McGillycuddy had a positive relationship with the Lakota people on the Pine Ridge Indian reservation.

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Seth Bullock's Cowboy Brigade

Last Updated by Brian Gevik, Text by Mark Slocum - Director of the Minnilusa Historical Association and Pioneer Collection at the Journey Museum & Learning Center - Rapid City on

Seth Bullock led a cadre of cowboys rode in Teddy Roosevelt's Inaugural Parade. The were the stars of the show and every man had a unique story.

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George Crook - The Forgotten General

Last Updated by Text by Gary Enright - Director - 1881 Courthouse Museum - Custer, Brian Gevik on

The story of George Crook and his soldiers is one of the more harrowing in the history of Dakota Territorial settlement.

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The Dubious Character of Miss Inez Sexton

Last Updated by Brian Gevik, Text by Carolyn Weber - Executive Director - Deadwood History Inc. on

On her own in early Deadwood, even a reputable woman could be targeted by nefarious entrepreneurs.

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The Black War Bonnet - Artist Herman Red Elk

Last Updated by Brian Gevik, Text by Conor McMahon - Chief Curator - U.S. Dept. of the Interior - Indian Arts and Crafts Board on

A 20th-century artwork exemplifies traditional Lakota symbols and their meaning.

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United Nations in the Black Hills

Last Updated by Text by Gary Enright - Director - 1881 Courthouse Museum - Custer, Brian Gevik on

In 1945, U.S. Rep. Francis Case asked President Roosevelt to consider locating the UN headquarters in the Black HIlls.

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“Wild Blue Yonder” – Celebrating 75 Years of Ellsworth Air Force Base

Last Updated by Brian Gevik, Text by Corey Christianson - Exhibits and Curations Coordinator - Journey Museum and Learning Center - Rapid City on

Ellsworth Air Force Base east of Rapid City has been a part of America's defense strategy since 1942.

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Custer's Historic Stage Coach

Last Updated by Brian Gevik, Text by Gary Enright - Director - 1881 Courthouse Museum - Custer on

A relic of early Black Hills transportation is still on display at a Custer museum.

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The Life of Libby Custer

Last Updated by Brian Gevik, Researched and written by Gary Enright - Director - 1881 Courthouse Museum - Custer on

After his death at the Little Big Horn, George Armstrong Custer's wife spent 57 years writing and speaking throughout the country, clearing away any criticism people and historians had regarding her husband.

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The 1876 Johnny Spaulding Cabin - Belle Fourche

Last Updated by Brian Gevik on

The story behind this frontier home's origin is one of adventure, deceit, and romance.

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Heritage of Arms

Last Updated by Brian Gevik on

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

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The Black Hills Passion Play - 1939-2008

Last Updated by Brian Gevik, Photos and Film - The Fassbender Collection - Historic Black Hills Studios, Video Courtesy: Wayne Pananen - Historical Footprints - Lead SD on

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"

Posted by Brian Gevik, Text by Gary Enright - Director - 1881 Courthouse Museum - Custer on

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

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"Personalities with Chuck Anderson"

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

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,...

Personalities: The South Dakota State Fair

The South Dakota State Fair is different every year and yet it never really changes. It's a capstone experience for...

Personalities: From Huron High to Broadway

Singer, actor, and teacher Joseph Mahowald graduated from Huron High School in 1977. He went on to study music and...