Heritage of Arms

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A look guns in the history and culture of South Dakota

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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 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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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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South Dakota on Film

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A look at movies shot in or set in South Dakota.

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Homestake Mine - Construction and Mining in the 1930s

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Film shot in the middle to late 1930s shows the construction of a Lead, South Dakota landmark. The film also shows miners at work in what was once the world's deepest gold mine.

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West River Children's Hospital & Polio Center - 1949

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A film shot just after the 1948 polio epidemic shows what was done to help South Dakota kids afflicted with the disease.

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Casey Tibbs

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Casey Tibbs was a world champion rodeo cowboy who went on to produce, direct, and star in Hollywood movies.

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Rails, Trails, and Roads of the Black Hills

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A 30-minute documentary about how transportation has evolved in the Black Hills and surrounding area.

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Black Hills Railroads

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Video describing the rise of rail transportation in the Black Hills.

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Wall Drug

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How a struggling small-town pharmacy became world famous.

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Ellsworth Air Force Base, 1942-1957

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How Rapid City's small airport became a key facility in the Strategic Air Command.

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Ellsworth AFB - 44th Missile Wing, 1962-1982

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The activation and growth of the 44th over 20 years. (The 44th was deactivated in 1994.)

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The Stratobowl Flights of the 1930s

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Film from the record-setting balloon flights.

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The Historic Homestake Opera House - Lead

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A 1914 opera house/theater is still a hub of community activity in Lead.

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"Personalities with Chuck Anderson"

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

Personalities: A Wagon Ride Through the Laura Ingalls Wilder Pageant

For over 49 years, De Smet, South Dakota has been the home of the Laura Ingalls Wilder Pageant, attracting tourists...

Personalities: Wynn Speece, Our WNAX Neighbor Lady

For 54 years, the friendly greeting “Hello there, good friends” resonated over WNAX radio waves throughout the...

Personalities: Kyle Evans, a Company Cowboy

Prior to his unfortunate death in 2001, Kyle Evans, a South Dakotan country music recording artist and entertainer...

Personalities: Cheryl Ladd, Pride of Huron

She was one of Charlie's Angels, portrayed Grace Kelly in Princess Grace , and most recently played Robert Shapiro's...

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,...