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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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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Pouring Gold at Homestake Mine - 1938 -2002

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Film and video show the gold recovery process at Homestake over the years.

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The D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery & Archives

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The Spearfish facility brought both trout and tourists to the Black Hills.

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Deadwood's "Days of '76" Parade and Rodeo - TV Special

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A 30-minute SDPB documentary about an annual community celebration going strong since 1924.

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Mount Rushmore Models - 1927-1941

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Sculptor Gutzon Borglum's original plans for Mount Rushmore were very different from the finished carving.

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"Personalities" with Chuck Anderson. Vintage radio interviews with well known and not so well known South Dakotans.

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...

Personalities: Huron Native Candace Hilligoss on Her 1962 Cult Film Classic, "Carnival of Souls"

Candace Hilligoss grew up in Huron during the 1940s and 1950s and graduated from Huron high school. After three...