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SDPB's newest documentary, VANISHED SOUTH DAKOTA: TOWNS OF YESTERDAY, is now in production with a release date in 2019.  The documentary will tell the stories of the many towns which were once thriving centers of commerce but have since nearly (and in some cases totally) disappeared from the map. We are interviewing historians, town elders and those whose stories have intersected with these now-lost centers of community life in South Dakota.

The public is invited and encouraged to share their stories, photos and video with us. In addition to the documentary itself, we are planning on producing an extensive collection of digital short video and blogs to accompany it.

Share your Vanished South Dakota story with us HERE.:

Vanished South Dakota

SDPB Archives: Temples of Justice

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As we await producer Stephanie Rissler's newest documentary, Vanished South Dakota: Towns of Yesterday, we decided to take a dive into our digital library and re-watch her 2015 documentary on South Dakota's 45 courthouses and the colorful stories behind them, Temples of Justice.

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VANISHED SOUTH DAKOTA: Summer Screenings

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Catch a sneak preview of the local doc everyone's talking about.

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Vanished South Dakota: East River Screening Schedule

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It's going to be a busy summer on the road as we pack in 7 advance screenings of our upcoming Vanished South Dakota documentary.

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Vanished South Dakota: Trojan

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At one time Trojan was a leading mining town in the Black Hills, ranking in size and importance to Lead and Deadwood.

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Public Invited to Preview "VANISHED SOUTH DAKOTA" Documentary

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Forthcoming SDPB documentary visits remnants of once-thriving SD towns to discover what led to the birth, boom, & demise of formerly prosperous communities.

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Public Invited to Preview "VANISHED SOUTH DAKOTA" Documentary

Last Updated by Katy Beem on

Forthcoming SDPB documentary visits remnants of once-thriving towns to discover what led to the birth, boom, and demise of formerly prosperous communities throughout the state.

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Vanished South Dakota: Mining the Newspaper Archives

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Ongoing updates to digitized historic newspapers make researching South Dakota's history easier than ever before.

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Vanished South Dakota: Catching Up on Alsen, Tinton and Terry

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Our travels across South Dakota have taken us to more than 50 "vanished" towns. Stephanie Rissler sat down with Lori Walsh to talk about a few highlights of her recent trips.

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Catching Up with Stephanie Rissler's Vanished South Dakota Production

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SDPB's Stephanie Rissler has been on the road in search of vanished towns in South Dakota, along with the history behind them. This series is called Vanished South Dakota: Towns of Yesterday. She joined our In the Moment radio program on Wednesday, October 10 today from our studio in Vermilion to help us catch up with where she has been.

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Vanished South Dakota: Watch the Official Preview

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Take a sneak peek at one of SDPB's biggest upcoming projects, our new documentary Vanished South Dakota: Towns of Yesterday

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