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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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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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

Last Updated by Brian Gevik, Text: Jessica Michak - Archivist - Homestake Adams Research and Cultural Center - Deadwood History Inc. on

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

Last Updated by Brian Gevik, Text: Jessica Michak - Archivist - Homestake Adams Research and Cultural Center - Deadwood History Inc. on

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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"Personalities with Chuck Anderson"

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

Personalities: Gloria Mackoy, a Gospel Country Heart

Gloria Mackoy, a country gospel singer and songwriter and former De Smet resident, visited Chuck Anderson in-studio...

Personalities: Hazel Mahone, The Granddaughter of Slaves

For over 100 years, Hazel Mahone carried her grandparents' memories of surviving pre-civil war slavery. These...

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...