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We've platted our map, poured our foundations and built our documentary, Vanished South Dakota: Towns of Yesterday, story by story...but to make this community come together it takes every citizen to step up!

As with most public media projects, our work is dependent on viewers like you supporting us.  For Vanished South Dakota, we charted a new course by encouraging South Dakotans to become a part of this project by donating to our first-ever crowdfunding campaign. Founding members of the Vanished South Dakota documentary helped us raise the necessary funds to make this documentary – and your assistance now will help us tell more stories in the future. Help us by donating now, and in return we’ll thank you with some Vanished South Dakota SWAG. Choose 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 an expanded library of programming.  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, a DVD of the documentary as well as a full SDPB membership, Passport access to an expanded library of programming 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, DVD, full SDPB membership, Passport access to an expanded library of programming 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.  This map is made of rough wood and has a "shabby chic" aesthetic. In addition, you receive the tour t-shirt, DVD, full SDPB membership, Passport access to an expanded library of programming and monthly magazine.

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