Calendar

This online calendar of events emphasizes educational, archaeological, preservation, and history related programs throughout the year across South Dakota. Green entries denote activities at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre. Blue entries denote off-site activities sponsored by the SD State Historical Society and/or the Historical Society Foundation. If you would like to submit an event to be included on the calendar, please complete and submit the following form: Events form, PDF or Events form, Word.

May 2014

Event: Transformation and Continuity in Lakota Culture: the Collages of Arthur Amiotte Exhibit
Description:
The exhibit will feature 31 of Amiotte's original collages on loan from private collectors and museum collections throughout the United States. To present the full chronology of works begun in 1988, 26 actual-size, singular reproductions will represent originals not available for the exhibition. An accompanying exhibit catalog is being produced by the South Dakota State Historical Society's Research & Publishing office.
Location: Cultural Heritage Center, Hogen Gallery, 900 Governors Dr., Pierre
Time: Mon.-Sat. 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Sun. & Holidays* 1-4:30 p.m. CT
Admission:  Members free; Adults $4, Seniors $3, 17 & under free (Free to all on the 1st Sunday of every month)
Sponsor: South Dakota State Historical Society
Contact: 605-773-3458, web: history.sd.gov/Museum
* The Cultural Heritage Center is closed on New Year's Day, Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.

Event: South Dakota Environments: A Window to Past Times Exhibit
Description:
Visitors will explore the state as it looked in the Paleozoic, Mesozoic, Pleistocene and Holocene epochs and witness the animals found on the land. Animals ranging from a Tyrannosaurus Rex to a Short-Face Bear will be featured, along with a massive representation of a mammoth. The exhibit also demonstrates how, over time, the location of the land that became South Dakota has shifted along with what became the North American continent.
Location: Cultural Heritage Center, Observation Gallery, 900 Governors Dr., Pierre
Time: Mon.-Sat. 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Sun. & Holidays* 1-4:30 p.m. CT
Admission:  Members free; Adults $4, Seniors $3, 17 & under free (Free to all on the 1st Sunday of every month)
Sponsor: South Dakota State Historical Society
Contact: 605-773-3458, web: history.sd.gov/Museum
* The Cultural Heritage Center is closed on New Year's Day, Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.

Event: After Custer, a Book Discussion - Preservation Thursday
Description: The Great Sioux War of 1876-77 – the Custer War – triggered profound change on the northern plains. Historian Paul Hedren of Omaha will explore the transformation of Sioux Country in the decades following the end of America's greatest Indian war. Drawn from his award-winning book, After Custer: Loss and Transformation in Sioux Country, here's a story of the army, the Northern Pacific Railroad, the demise of the northern buffalo herd, the coming of the great Beef Bonanza, the fate of the Lakota and Northern Cheyenne people and the interconnectedness of it all.
Location:  Homestake Adams Research and Cultural Center, 150 Sherman St. Deadwood
Date/Time: May 1, 2014; Noon MT
Admission: By donation
Sponsor: Deadwood Historic Preservation Commission; Adam-Mastrovich Family Foundation, Mary Adams Balmat; Rapid City Journal; Black Hills Pioneer; Celebrity Hotel; Chubby Chipmunk Hand-Dipped Chocolates; The Historic Bullock Hotel; Saloon No. 10; TDG Communications

Contact: Adams Museum, 605-722-4800, e-mail: Rose@deadwoodhistory.com, web: www.deadwoodhistory.org

Event: Bob Yapp Historic Preservation Workshops
Description: Bab Yapp, a renowed historic preservation & planning consultant, will present a series of workshops May 1 - May 3. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Registration deadline is April 17.
Location: local home, to be announced
Dates: May 1, 2014, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. or later - Exterior Wood Repair
          Space limited to 12 participants & 12 observers
          May 2, 2014, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. or later - "Paint It Right!"
          Space limited to 12 participants & 12 observers
          May 3, 2014, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. or later - Window Restoration & Weatherization
          Space limited to 12 participants
Fee: $50 per workshop ($25 student/observer rate), includes lunch & materials
Sponsor: Brookings Historic Preservation Commission
Contact: Shari Thornes, 605-692-6281, sthornes@cityofbrookings.org

Event: SD State Archives Open
Description: The State Archives is open every 1st Saturday of the month. Staff will be available to assist with research. The State Archives manages a collection of photographs, films, maps, books, newspapers, state and county records, as well as personal and organizational records.
Location:  Cultural Heritage Center, 900 Governors Dr., Pierre
Date/Time: May 3, 2014; 9 a.m to 4:30 p.m. CT
Admission:  Free
Sponsor: South Dakota State Historical Society
Contact: 605-773-3804, e:mail archref@state.sd.us, web: history.sd.gov/Archives

Event: Roots & Branches: Climbing Your Family Tree
Description: Topics will include Navigating Family Tree, Managing Online Searches, YouTube for Family History, FamilySearch Search, Blog and Wiki, Crowdsourcing Family History, How to Scan and Elephant, DNA Basics for Genealogists, Writing Your Memoirs, Finding Family/Ancestors Outside the US, Basic Online Resources, Free Online Resources, Finding British Roots, Getting Most Out of Ancestry, Involving Youth in Family History, Individual Help sessions.
Location: LDS Chapel, 200 22nd Ave., Brookings (just south of the hospital)
Date/Time: May 3, 2014; 8 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. CT
Admission: Free, but $7.50 lunch must be paid in advance - April 26 deadline
Sponsor: Brookings SD Family History Center & Brookings Area Genealogical Society
Contact: Pat Walker, 22471 470th Ave.,
Colman, SD 57017; 605-534-3103; e-mail: brookingsworkshop@gmail.com; web: brookingsworkshop.blogspot.com

Event: Free admittance to the Museum of the SD State Historical Society
Description:
Admittance to the museum is free the 1st Sunday of the month. The Museum has 15,000 square feet of exhibition space with exhibits divided into five galleries.
Location: 
Cultural Heritage Center, 900 Governors Dr., Pierre
Date/Time:
May 4, 2014; 1-4:30 p.m. CT
Admission: 
Free
Sponsor:
South Dakota State Historical Society
Contact: 605-773-3458, web: history.sd.gov/Museum

Event: Greenfest
Description: Bab Yapp, a renowed historic preservation & planning consultant, will present a series of free mini-workshops. Check-out sustainable exhibitors & presenters. Enjoy free SDSU ice cream & coffee. Bring your old batteries, cell phones, & small electronics for recycling.
Location: McCrory Gardens Visitor Center, 6th St. & 22nd Ave.
Dates: May 4, 2014; Noon-5 p.m.
             12 p.m. - Paint It Right!
             2 p.m. - Getting Shellacked or Innovative Woodworking, Finishing, & Refinishing
             4 p.m. - Energy Efficiency for Old Houses & Buildings
Fee: Free to the public
Sponsor: Brookings Historic Preservation Commission, Brookings Sustainability Council, SDSU Environmental Stewardship & Sustainability Committee, SDSU Ecology Club
Contact:Laurie Carruthers, 605-692-6281, lcarruthers@cityofbrookings.org

Event: Smithsonian Sunday - Program to be announced.
Description:
This Smithsonian Sunday program features the Smithsonian’s (museum) with a program/panel discussion/etc. on ...
** Smithsonian Sunday is offered on the second Sunday of each month. The Museum of the South Dakota State Historical Society, as a Smithsonian Institution Affiliate, will feature a special video program from one of the Smithsonian Museums.**
Location: Cultural Heritage Center, 900 Governors Dr., Pierre
Date/Time:
May 11 , 2014; 2 p.m. CT
Admission: 
Free program, regular admission to museum
Sponsor:
South Dakota State Historical Society
Contact:
605-773-3458, web: history.sd.gov/Museum

Event: History & Heritage Book Club - …And the Last Shall be First: South Dakota’s First, First Family by John Timm
Description: John Timm of Sioux Falls will portray Arthur Calvin Mellette, the last governor of Dakota Territory and the first governor of South Dakota. The program is made possible by a grant from the South Dakota Humanities Council, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. The History & Heritage Book Club is free and open to the public at any time. A monthly commitment is not required.
Location:  Cultural Heritage Center, 900 Governors Dr., Pierre
Date/Time: May 13, 2014; 7 p.m. CT
Admission: Free
Sponsor: South Dakota State Historical Society & South Dakota Historical Society Foundation
Contact: Dorinda Daniel 605-773-6006, e-mail: dorinda.daniel@state.sd.us
Additional Comments: The book club meets the 2nd Tuesday of every month at the Cultural Heritage Center. Occasionally the date, time, or location my change for a special program. All books are available for purchase at the Heritage Store located in the Cultural Heritage Center and at the Capitol. The History & Heritage Book Club is open to everyone. People who want to join the discussion by telephone are welcome to do so by making arrangements in advance with Dorinda (see above).

Event: Works in Progress - 2014 National Main Streets Conference
Description:
The conference theme, “Works in Progress,” reflects optimism in Main Street’s potential to build on cultural and heritage assets to overcome economic challenges, as exemplified by ongoing efforts in Detroit. Along with The National Trust for Historic Preservation, the conference will be co-hosted by the Michigan State Housing Development Authority’s (MSHDA) Michigan Main Street Center. The annual conference brings together practitioners of the National Trust’s proven Main Street Four-Point Approach® to downtown revitalization, which since 1977, has been used by more than 2,000 communities nationwide to stimulate more than 235,000 building rehabilitation projects and create 475,000 jobs.
Location:
 Detroit, Michigan
Date/Time: May 18-21, 2014
Registration: Click here for registration.
Sponsor: National Trust for Historic Preservation Main Street Center
Contact: 202.588.6219, msconference@nthp.org, click here for conference website

Event: Oahe Chapel Ecumenical Sunday Service, host: to be announced
Description: Hosted by various local churches, ecumenical services are held at the historic Oahe Chapel every Sunday from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend. The Oahe Chapel was established by Rev. Thomas L. Riggs, a Congregationalist minister, and his first wife, Cornelia Margaret “Nina” Foster, to serve as a mission to the Sioux Indians of central South Dakota. The chapel was originally located on the east bank of the Missouri River at Peoria Flats, roughly five miles upriver from its current location. It was moved to its current location in 1964 after construction of the Oahe Dam flooded the original site. The chapel is owned by the South Dakota State Historical Society and managed by the Oahe Chapel Preservation Society, which oversees its maintenance and preservation.
Location: The chapel is located adjacent to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Visitor Center, approximately five miles north of Pierre on SD Highway 1804.
Date/Time: May 25, 2014; 8 a.m. CT
Admission: Free; Open to the public
Sponsor: Oahe Chapel Preservation Society, Pierre-Ft. Ministerial Association
Contact: Cindy Snow, 605-773-2907, e-mail: cindy.snow@state.sd.us

Event: OPEN on Memorial Day - The Museum of the SD State Historical Society
Description:
The Museum will be open on Memorial Day, May 27. There is 15,000 square feet of exhibition space with exhibits divided into five galleries.
Location: 
Cultural Heritage Center, 900 Governors Dr., Pierre
Date/Time:
May 26, 2014; 1-4:30 p.m. CT
Admission: 
Adults - $4; Seniors (60+) - $3; 17 & under - Free
Sponsor:
South Dakota State Historical Society
Contact: 605-773-3458, web: history.sd.gov/Museum


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