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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Launching the Battleship South Dakota, 1941

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A recently-restored audio recording captures the essence of the historic event.

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Nell Perrigoue - Women in Local History

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Nell Perrigoue was an active and accomplished Deadwood leader for many years.

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The Missouri River Flood of 1881

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A devastating spring flood changed Yankton, Vermillion, and other river towns forever.

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Native Americans and Community Celebrations

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Native Americans in South Dakota have participated in off-reservation community events for a long time.

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Deadwood Doctor Frank S. Howe

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Dr. Frank Howe served the Deadwood community for nearly 60 years.

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New Survey, New Elevation for SD's Highest Mountain

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A 2016 survey revealed that the long-accepted elevation of Black Elk Peak was not accurate.

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The Big Springs Train Robbery

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An 1887 holdup turned out to be more than the robbers bargained for.

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Deadwood: A Story of Movement and Change

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Some of the animal-drawn vehicles on the streets of early Deadwood can still be seen at the Days of '76 Museum.

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Yankton's Mead Building

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The former centerpiece of the Human Services Center will one day be a museum.

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Annie Tallent - First White Woman in the Black Hills

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Annie Tallent came to the Black Hills with the first group of white settlers looking for gold. Her legacy is that of a teacher and historian.

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The Gordon Stockade

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The Stockade was built to shelter and protect the Black Hills' first gold seekers.

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The Belle Fourche Sugar Plant

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Belle Fourche, South Dakota was once at the center of a thriving sugar industry.

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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...