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 premiered Monday, June 25, at 9pm (8 MT) on SDPB1. Rebroadcasts Thursday, June 28, at 8pm (7MT) on SDPB1.  Or you may stream it in browser below.

World War I on SDPB

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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