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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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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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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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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Henry and Charles Robinson, Mount Moriah’s Caretakers

Last Updated by Brian Gevik, Text by Rachel-Lovelace Portal - Curator of Collections - Deadwood History Inc. on

Father and son undertakers looked after Deadwood's famous cemetery from the 1880s through the 1930s.

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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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The Lead Subsidence

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Years of undermining caused portions of Lead, South Dakota to sink into the ground during the 1920s and '30s. Much of the town was moved during the period, but many homes and businesses were lost.

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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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Teddy Belonged to the West

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Teddy Roosevelt's experiences in the Dakotas as a young man strongly influenced his personality and character.

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

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...

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...