"This Place Matters"
Archaeology & Historic Preservation Month 2011
Student Photo Contest
Grades 6-12

Click on the photo description below each name to view winning photos.

     Grand Prize Winner
     Natasha Wilson, Grade 12, Roosevelt High School, Sioux Falls
     Photo: Old Courthouse Museum, Sioux Falls

2011 Poster featuring Grand Prize photo

     Grades 6-8 Division Winner
     Madison Vanduch, Grade 7, Mickelson Middle School, Brookings
     Photo: Coughlin Campanile, South Dakota State University

     Grades 9-12 Division Winner
     Alexis McConnell, Grade 12, Alcester-Hudson High School
     Photo: antique gas pump, farmstead

Celebrated in May, South Dakota Archaeology & Historic Preservation Month was created to acquaint the public with the disciplines of archaeology and historic preservation and to strengthen the enduring bond between the past and the present.

The State Historic Preservation Office of the South Dakota State Historical Society sponsored a student photo contest in the fall of 2010. The competition proposed to enable students to achieve a better appreciation of their historic resources, the stories they tell, and why they should be preserved for future generations.

With the theme of “This Place Matters,” students in grades 6-12 were asked to photograph any South Dakota location that was at least 50 years old. Participants had to include a brief statement on why they felt it important to preserve the subject of their photo, explaining why “This Place Matters”.

There were 42 total participants and 70 total entries. Individuals could enter up to three photos. Eighteen schools statewide were represented and six students entered without a school affiliation.

The grand prize winner had their photo on the May 2011 Archaeology & Historic Preservation Month poster and received a $100 cash prize, a framed copy of the poster, and a one-year family membership to the South Dakota State Historical Society. The first place winners each received a $50 cash prize and a one-year family membership to the South Dakota State Historical Society. All participants will receive a Certificate of Participation.

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