Tuesday, February 19, 2019

More South Dakota historical newspapers available online

Several more South Dakota newspaper titles have been added to the growing online database of historical United States newspapers available to the public, according to the South Dakota State Historical Society.

New titles recently added include: the Union County Courier of Elk Point, 1877-1913; the Madison Daily Leader, 1890-1922; the Newell Reclamation News, 1915-1917; the Bad River News, 1906-1912; Philip Weekly Review, 1907-1912; Philip Weekly Review and Bad River News, 1912-1918; The Pioneer, 1917-1919; Philip Weekly Review 1918-1920; The Pioneer-Review, 1920-1922; The Oglala Light of Pine Ridge, 1905-1920; the Sturgis Advertiser, 1887-1891; the Dewey County Advocate of Timber Lake, 1910-1913; The Charles Mix New Era, 1905-1911; The New Era-Leader, 1911-1912; and The Wagner Leader, 1912.

“These titles join others that are already available on the Chronicling America website,” said state archivist Chelle Somsen. “We now have 53 titles online.”

To view these newspapers, visit the Chronicling America Website:

In 2016 the State Historical Society-Archives received a two-year $240,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to digitize historical newspapers. The project is part of Chronicling America, a Library of Congress initiative to develop an online database of select historical newspapers from around the United States.

As part of the grant, the State Historical Society-Archives has digitized approximately 100 rolls of microfilmed newspapers pre-dating 1922 to be included in this collection. This was the second grant the State Archives has received to participate in this project. This recent addition completes the titles that were selected for the grant that began in 2016. A third grant began in September 2018, and another 100 rolls of microfilmed historical newspapers will be added in the next two years, Somsen said.

For more information, contact the State Historical Society-Archives at 605-773-3804 or visit State Archives hours are 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. CST Monday-Friday and the first Saturday of most months.


About the South Dakota State Historical Society
The South Dakota State Historical Society is a division of the Department of Education. The State Historical Society, an Affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, is headquartered at the South Dakota Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre. The center houses the society’s world-class museum, the archives, and the historic preservation, publishing and administrative/development offices. Call 605-773-3458 or visit for more information. The society also has an archaeology office in Rapid City; call 605-394-1936 for more information.

Saturday, December 29, 2018

Spearfish Historic Preservation Commission awards grants

The modern farmhouse at 544 8th St., built in 1895, was one of the
recipients of a Spearfish Historic Preservation paint grant in 2018.

Pioneer photo by Kaija Swisher
In 2018, the Spearfish Historic Preservation Commission orchestrated a Paint Grant Program with three grants awarded and two recipients able to complete the work within the requirements: Chris and Melissa Haught, at 544 8th St., and Kathy Bohn at 730 8th St., received $500 matching-funds reimbursement grants for paint materials and/or labor for an exterior painting project.
The Spearfish Historic Preservation Commission established the Paint Grant Program to assist residents of Spearfish with the financial cost of painting residential, owner-occupied properties built pre-1950. The commission seeks to inspire and promote pride of ownership and to protect historic architecture.

Tuesday, December 25, 2018

Deadwood Fund grant applications due February 1st

The South Dakota State Historical Society announces that the applications for the first round of the 2019 Deadwood Fund grant program are due on Feb. 1, 2019, for work beginning no earlier than May 1, 2019. 

You can access the necessary forms online.  They can be found at the following URL:

The program is designed to encourage restoration or rehabilitation of historic properties by individuals, organizations or public agencies, according to Jay D. Vogt, director of the State Historical Society, whose historic preservation office administers the program. “It is one more way we can promote and protect our history and culture,” Vogt said.

Grants will be awarded in amounts ranging from $1,000 to $25,000. The grant amount must be matched at least on a dollar-for-dollar basis from nonfederal and nonstate sources. Nonprofit organizations will be allowed to use in-kind services for one-half of their match.

In 2017, $123,869 was awarded among 10 projects, which had matching funds of $360,498, resulting in a total public-private investment of $484,367.

Funding for the program is from Deadwood gaming revenue earmarked by state law for historic preservation projects throughout the state and distributed by the State Historical Society.

The second round of 2019 applications will be due Oct. 1, 2019, for work beginning no earlier than Jan. 1, 2020.

For more information on the South Dakota State Historical Society’s Deadwood Fund grant program, contact the State Historic Preservation Office at the Cultural Heritage Center, 900 Governors Drive, Pierre, SD 57501-2217; telephone 605-773-3458.

Sunday, December 16, 2018

CCC had big impact across the Black Hills – and the country!

Given the abundance of Civilian Conservation Corps projects all across America in the 1930's, including many in the Black Hills – this video should be of great interest to history buffs across the region.  Dakota Life is a wonderful series produced by South Dakota Public Broadcasting.

I think you'll enjoy this Reflections and Preservation episode of the Dakota Life series. The "CCC in the Black Hills" segment was produced by Brian Gevik.  Perhaps it'll spur you to visit the small but impressive CCC Museum on the outskirts of Hill City.