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.

October 2014

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: Deadwood Grant deadline - SD State Historic Preservation Office
Description:
This program is designed to encourage large-scale restoration or rehabilitation of historic properties by individuals, organizations or public agencies. Grants for work beginning approximately January 1, 2015* will be awarded in amounts ranging from $1,000 to $25,000. The grant amount must be matched 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. 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. *Projects may not start until after official notification of the grant award is received.
Application:
Click here for forms.
Date:
October 1, 2013
Contact: Click here to see Regional map
Northeast SD - Jennifer, 605-773-2906, e-mail: Jennifer.Brosz@state.sd.us; Southeast SD - Liz, 605-773-6056, e-mail: Liz.Almlie@state.sd.us; Western SD - Chris, 605-773-3103, e-mail: ChrisB.Nelson@state.sd.us

Event: 72nd Plains Anthropological Conference
Description: The 72nd Annual Plains Anthropological Conference will have topics addressing Plains anthropological, historical, archaeological, and related subjects. Undergraduate and graduate student participation is encouraged. Listen to an amazing array of papers following the research of students, professionals, and avocational archaeologists.
Location: Location to be announced
Date/Time: Dates to be announced, 2014
Registration: Click here for registration information
Sponsor: Plains Anthropological Society, Center for Mountain & Plains Archaeology
Contact: Click here for conference information

Event: 22nd Annual West River History Conference - Digging Deep for History's Roots in the West
Description: Guest speakers, special entertainment & displays, presentation of papers, book signings, and selected rare booksellers booths will be a part of the weekend of historical activity focused on the heritage of the region. Conference line-up - Thursday evening: 125 Years of Statehood on Video, Wayne Paananen; Friday luncheon: Seth Bullock: the Spirit of the West, Gordy Pratt; Saturday Westerners Breakfast: Preserving History Through Artist's Eyes, Jon Crane; Saturday Foozle: Bluegrass Music, Deadwood Express
Location: Hilton Garden Inn, 815 E. Mall Dr., Rapid City
Date/Time: October 16-18, 2014
Registration: Click here for registration information.
Sponsor: South Dakota Humanities Council, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Deadwood Historic Preservation Commission, the Black Hills Corral of Westerners, International, the Society of Black Hills Pioneers, and Dode Lee
Contact: West River History Conference, 605-343-4852, e-mail: wrhc@shebbyleetours.com, web: wrhcsd.wordpress.com/home

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: October 4, 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: 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: October 5, 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: 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:
October 12, 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: OPEN on Native Americans Day - The Museum of the SD State Historical Society
Description:
The Museum will be open on Native Americans Day, October 13. 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:
October 13 , 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

Event: 2014 Annual Meeting of the SD Archaeological Society
Description: Talks, tours, banquet speaker, and many other activities are planned. This meeting will be a venue for speakers to present the results of their most recent field and research work. Excavation projects, cultural history, technology and individual archaeological specialties in South Dakota will be featured. Researchers, vocational and volunteer archaeologists, teachers, students, and the public are encouraged to attend and/or present papers.
Location:
Augustana College, Sioux Falls
Date: October 13 & 14, 2014
Registration: tba
Sponsor: SD Archaeological Society (SDAS), Augustana College Archaeology Lab
Contact: tba

Event: History & Heritage Book Club - Title to be announced.
Description: Program to be announced. 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: October 14, 2014; 7 p.m. CT
Admission: Free
Sponsor: This free program is made possible by a grant from the South Dakota Humanities Council, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Additional sponsors are the South Dakota State Historical Society & the 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: 22st Annual Island in the Plains - Black Hills Archaeological & Historical Symposium
Description: The Annual Island in the Plains conference attracts speakers from a wide range of disciplines concerned with the environmental and cultural history of the Black Hills. Researchers, interested members of the public, teachers, and students are all encouraged to attend. Symposium presentations are scheduled for all day Saturday. The banquet will be Saturday evening with keynote speaker to be announced.
Location: tba
Date/Time: tba
Registration: $25; students: $10; students presenting papers: free; 18 & under: free
Sponsor: South Dakota Archaeological Society, Black Hills National Forest, Bureau of Land Management, South Dakota State Historical Society-Archaeological Research Center
Contact: Mike Fosha, 605-394-1903, Mike.Fosha@state.sd.us


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