Heritage of Arms

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A look 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"

Posted by Brian Gevik, Text by Gary Enright - Director - 1881 Courthouse Museum - Custer on

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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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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The Lumber Industry in the Black Hills

Last Updated by Brian Gevik, Text by Gary Enright - Director - 1881 Courthouse Museum - Custer on

The first business in the first town in the Black Hills was a sawmill.

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Henry Frawley: Pioneer Lawyer and Rancher

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How a Deadwood lawyer became a successful rancher, succeeding where many others had failed.

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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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South Dakota on Film

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

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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,...