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

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

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A Look Into the South Dakota State Archives

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An ever-increasing number of historical photos, documents, and records can be accessed online.

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Building Big Bend Dam - 1959-1964

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The last-built of the big Missouri River dams has a unique feature.

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Custer's Historic Stage Coach

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

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The Life of Libby Custer

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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

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

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Heritage of Arms

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

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A World War II Vet's Chance Encounter With Frank Sinatra - 1944

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Rapid City resident Bill Lofgren was in basic training in Los Angeles in 1944. While hitchhiking on Sunset Boulevard, he and several buddies got an unexpected ride from Frank Sinatra and a memorable night on the town.

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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's "Superwolves"

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

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South Dakota in World War One - A Soldier's Story

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In 1917, Vincent Laughlin Knewell left his carpentry job in Sioux Falls to fight in France. He endured five months of combat before returning home.

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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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Presidential Visits to South Dakota - Calvin Coolidge

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President Coolidge and his wife Grace spent most of the summer of 1927 in the Black Hills.

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The Cane of John Blair Smith Todd

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This cane was owned by one of the most influential men in early Dakota Territory and witnessed the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln.

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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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