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We've platted our map, poured our foundations and have begun building our new documentary, Vanished South Dakota: Towns of Yesterday, story by story...but to make this whole body of work come together, it's going to take a village!

As with most public media projects, our work is dependent on viewers like you supporting us.  For Vanished South Dakota, we are charting a new course by encouraging South Dakotans to become a part of this project by embarking on our first-ever crowdfunding campaign. Founding members of the Vanished South Dakota documentary will help us raise the necessary funds to make this documentary the full 60 minute length the stories demand.  Our current goal is $30,000 dollars by June 1, 2019 and you can help us reach us by funding at one of the following levels:

Pioneer Level: $5/monthly or $60 one-time donation to SDPB

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Pioneer members will receive a full SDPB membership which includes Passport access to exclusive Vanished South Dakota video content that will not be available to the public.  You will also receive the SDPB monthly member magazine with additional Vanished South Dakota stories included in the next year.

Homesteader Level: $10 monthly or $120 one-time donation to SDPB

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Homesteader members will receive a Vanished South Dakota "Tour" t-shirt featuring the map and names of all towns including in the documentary, in addition to a full SDPB membership, Passport access to exclusive content and monthly magazine.

Surveyor Level: $20 monthly or a $240 one-time donation to SDPB

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Surveyor members will receive an archival quality 16"x20" Vanished South Dakota historic map that includes all of the towns featured in the documentary.  In addition, you receive the tour t-shirt, full SDPB membership, Passport access to exclusive content and monthly magazine.

Town Founder Level: $50 monthly or a $600 one-time donation to SDPB

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Town Founder members will receive a custom made wood version of the Vanished South Dakota wall map measuring 30 inches wide.  In addition, you receive the tour t-shirt, full SDPB membership, Passport access to exclusive content and monthly magazine.

Main Street Maven Level: $2,500 one-time donation to SDPB

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Main Street Maven members will receive all of the above gifts as well as the opportunity to host a private screening of the documentuary, hosted by Vanished Towns producer Stephanie Rissler and historians, in advance of the television debut. SDPB will provide the screening materials and hosts, the member chooses the location within South Dakota.

All levels of Vanished Town supporters will be featured in the documentary final credits--we could not do this without contributions from viewers like you!  Thank you!

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