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
Ongoing updates to digitized historic newspapers make researching South Dakota's history easier than ever before.Read More
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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.Read More
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.Read More
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Many of South Dakota's towns came into existence, and subsequently disappeared, in conjunction with the spread of rail lines across the state.Read More