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Images of the Past: From the Great War to the Great Plains

From the Great Plains to the Great War is the latest documentary from SDPB’s Images of the Past series. It tells the story of South Dakota’s involvement in World War One, from the broad view of the global conflict to the personal perspectives of those who served as told in letters, diaries, photos, and the recorded recollections of surviving family members.  

During the week of June 18, leading up to the documentary premiere, SDPB radio and digital will be publishing in-depth interviews with the people who helped bring these stories to light.

Images of the Past: From the Great Plains to the Great War premieres Monday, June 25, at 9pm (8 MT) on SDPB1. Rebroadcasts Thursday, June 28, at 8pm (7MT) on SDPB1.

World War I on SDPB

WWI in SD: Letters of Pvt. Herbert McKennett

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Recently a series of photographs and letters were processed by the South Dakota State Historical Society. These were World War I era photographs and letters written by Webster native Private Herbert McKennett. Matthew Reitzel is a manuscript archivist with the society and joined us to expand upon this donation.

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Harvey Dunn-WWI Illustrator

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The majority of South Dakota artist Harvey Dunn's work is housed in the Smithsonian Institute located in Washington DC but over 100 pieces of his work are in the South Dakota Art Museum in Brookings. Lynn Verschoor is the director and joined us to talk about his work as a combat artist in WWI.

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The American Legion Approaches 100 Years

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Denny Brenden, with the South Dakota American Legion, brings you insight into WWI in South Dakota and the founding of the American Legion was founded in 1919.

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A WWI Conversation with USD's Kurt Hackemer

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This week In the Moment is helping South Dakota help you get ready for this compelling look at the role of South Dakotans in the Great War with a series of conversations. Today we welcomed Kurt Hackemer, with the Department of History at the University of South Dakota.

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WWI Takes Center Stage on SDPB

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In conjunction of the premiere of our new Images of the Past documentary "From the Great Plains to the Great War", our In the Moment radio show will be having daily conversations on all facets of South Dakota in WWI.

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Images of the Past: From the Great Plains to the Great War

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From the Great Plains to the Great War is the latest documentary from SDPB’s Images of the Past series. It tells the story of South Dakota’s involvement in World War One, from the broad view of the global conflict to the personal perspectives of those who served as told in letters, diaries, photos, and the recorded recollections of surviving family members.

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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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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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The Great War: Ralph John of McIntosh, SD

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In conjunction with the 100th anniversary of America’s entry into World War I on April 6, 1917, The Great War, a six-hour documentary presented over three nights, explores how World War I changed America and the world. Featured in this documentary is Private Ralph John of McIntosh, South Dakota.

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South Dakota in World War One - The Old Courthouse Museum Exhibit

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An exhibit at the Old Courthouse Museum in Sioux Falls offers insight into the local view of the Great War.

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