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This information has been received from South Dakota's historical organizations. It contains the most recent information we have received from your group. If your group is not mentioned or if you have additional or updated information you would like included, please send it to:

South Dakota State Historical Society
900 Governors Drive
Pierre, SD 57501

If you have questions, please contact Jeff Mammenga at (605) 773-6000 or E-mail at jeff.mammenga@state.sd.us.



A
Aberdeen/Brown County Landmarks Commission
No information available.
Adams Museum & House
Current Officers:
Chairman: Dr. David Wolff
Vice Chairman: Terri Keene
Treasurer: Carla Caneva
Secretary: Carla Caneva
Others: Mary Ann Oberlander, Jim Dunn, Lynell Gienger, Marci Shama, Bob Sjomeling

Activities:
 • School programming, Kid tours, and Motorcoach tours
 • Picnic on the Lawn (Friday of each month Jun through August)
 • Preservation Thursdays
 • Music concerts, Art shows, and Book signings
 • Holiday tours of the Historic Adams House
 • Special Fundraising

For More Information:
Adams Museum and House
PO Box 252
Deadwood, SD 57732
(605) 578-1714 or 578-3724
rose@theadamsdeadwood.org

Adams Museum
54 Sherman St
Deadwood, SD 57732

Adams House
22 Van Buren Ave
Deadwood. SD 57732

Established:
Adams Museum--1930

Website:
https://www.deadwoodhistory.com/
Aurora County Historical Society
Current Officers:
Chairman: Dan Larson
Co-Vice Chairman: Lewis Matzner & Jim Brown
Secretary: Gladys (Sally) Erdahl
Treasurer: Carol Schaefer


Directors: Stanlee Johnson & Angela VanPelt


Activities:
 •ACHS Museums consist of five historical buildings and a main entrance/office each of which exhibits objects, written and oral histories, land descriptions, and a document library.  Open during community events and by appointment.

For More Information:
Aurora County Historical Society
202 West 4th Street - PO Box 632
Plankinton, SD 57368-0632
(605) 942-7303
achs.museums@gmail.com

Established:
Feb. 25, 1974

Meeting Schedule:
 • 4th Wednesday of months April through October

Web site:
 • http://Facebook.com/AuroraCountyHistoricalSociety
Avon Historical Preservation Society
Current Officers:
President: Ludwig Bertsch
Vice President: Laurie Luke
Treasurer: Rosalee Sternhagen
Secretary: Sharon Bertsch

Activities:
 • Avon History Essay contests for the grade school students
 • Fund raising including bake sales and displaying special old dolls, toys, etc.


For More Information:
Avon Historical Preservation Society
213 N Pine
Avon, SD 57315-0313

Established:
Organized in 1997 and Incorporated on June 11, 1999


Meeting Schedule:
 • Each month during the Summer or as needed

Web site:
N/A
B
Bennett County Historical Society
No information available.
Brandon Historical Society
Current Officers:
President: Jeremy Risty
Vice-President: Debra Rothenberger
Treasurer: Howard Brown
Secretary: Virginia Pappenfus


Activities:
 • Used book sale first Saturday of every month at Brandon Area Museum book room
 • Annual Banquet (dinner and guest speaker)--TBA in October
 • Quarterly newsletter
 • Museum hours -- TBA


For More Information:
Brandon Historical Society
Attn: Jeremy Risty
jristy@hotmail.com

Established:
Brandon Historical Society, established 1989

Meeting Schedule:
 • 7 p.m. on the last Thursday of every month (March-November) at the Brandon Area Museum
Brookings County Historical Society
Current Officers:
President: Larry Barnett
Vice President: Harold Christianson
Treasurer: Howard Lee
Secretary: Joanne Murphy
Directors: Barbara Behrend, Dorothy Husher, Deanne Rude, Jerry Leslie, Don Kleinjan, Lyle Strande, Chuck Cecil, Ron Ladegaard, Grace Linn

Activities:
 • Operates Brookings County Museum:

– Open everyday 1:00 to 4:00 p.m., Memorial day to Labor day

 • Historical and educational displays
 • Individual and group tours
 • Develops programs

For More Information:
Brookings County Historical Society
PO Box 608
Volga, SD 57071
(605) 690-2140
Established:
December 1971

Meeting Schedule:
 • April 14, 2012; July 14, 2012; and a Fall meeting TBA

Web site:
www.dacotahprairiemuseum.com
Brown County Historical Society
N2013 Officers:
President: Sherri Rawstern
Vice President: Brad Tennant
Treasurer: Dennis White
Secretary: Jean Rahja
Other Board Members: Evelyn Blum, Rose Kraft and Marie Schumacher

Activities:
 • Active support for the Dacotah Prairie Museum in Aberdeen
 • Sponsors a research and writing contest for Northern State University and Presentation College history students
 • Maintenance of the Groton Trinity Episcopal Church, which is on the National Register of Historic Places
 • The society was joined by the Brown County Territorial Pioneers organization, whose membership had been declining and whose purpose was the same - to preserve and protect Brown County history.
 • The group works with the Aberdeen Landmarks Commission and the Hamlin Garland Group.


For More Information:
Sherri Rawstern
Dacotah Prairie Museum
PO Box 395
Aberdeen, SD 57401
(605)626-7117
dacotahprairiemuseum@gmail.com

Dennis White
1002 N. Main
Aberdeen, SD 57401
(605)225-1455
Established:
December 1971

Meeting Schedule:
 • April 14, 2012; July 14, 2012; and a Fall meeting TBA

Web site:
www.dacotahprairiemuseum.com
Brule County Historical Society
No information available.
Buffalo Historical Museum & Schoolhouse
Current Officers:
President: Ray Anderson
Treasurer: Kathy Glines
Secretary: Kathy Glines
Board members: Gary Johnson, Walter Stephens, Dennis Brengle
Volunteer Curator: Nora Boyer

Activities:
 • Many featured items such as homestead items, some fossils, and casts of fossils including the head of "Willo," whose heart was found to have four chambers
 • Newspaper files of both Buffalo and Camp Crook, and some of the Govert Advance
 • Family histories
 • A list of servicemen from World War I and World War II

The museum is located on U.S. Hwy. 85 in Buffalo and open Memorial Day through Labor Day, Monday through Friday, from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. or any time by appointment.
There is NO admission fee

For More Information:
Buffalo Museum & One Room School
PO Box 63
Buffalo, SD 57720
(605) 375-3800
Established:
Meeting Schedule:
Quarterly and Annually

Web site:
N/A
Butte County Historical Society
No information available.
C
Case Library for Western Historical Studies
No information available.
Casey Tibbs South Dakota Rodeo Center

Current Officers:
Director: Janice Bartels
President: Dayle Angyal
Vice President: Pat Duffy
Secretary: Jeri Vines
Treasurer: Bernie Duffy

Activities:

 • Museum is devoted to the rich culture of South Dakota rodeo -- the competitors, the associations, contract acts, stock contractors, royalty and world champions.
 • Exhibit contains an extensive collection depicting the lives of Casey Tibbs and trick rider Mattie Newcombe
 • Annual events include a Match Ride held the first weekend in June featuring top 25 saddle bronc riders against top horses; a tribute dinner honoring individual cowboys, cowgirls, promoters, rancing families and athletic animals; a branding event whereby South Dakota ranchers and farmers can place their cattle or horse brand on the walkway timbers of the center

For More Information:
Casey Tibbs South Dakota Rodeo Center
210 Verendrye Drive
Fort Pierre, SD 57532
(605) 494-1094
janicebar@qwestoffice.net


Established:
August 15, 2009

Meeting Schedule:
 • N/A

Web site:
www.caseytibbs.com

Center for Western Studies

Current Officers:
Chair: Lynn Aspaas
Vice Chair: John McIntyre
Secretary: Tony Haga
Deputy Recording Secretary: Martin Oyos
Interim Director/Director of Research Collections/Publications: Dr. Harry Thompson
Director of Outreach/Communication: Tim Hoheisel
Director Emeritus: Dr. Arthur Huseboe
Secretary: Lori Bunjer

Activities:
 • Academic book publisher of over 70 titles, including:

– A New South Dakota History
– Birding on the Northern Plains
– The Lewis and Clark Expedition: Food, Nutrition, and Health

 • Annual Dakota Conference on the Northern Plains (History, Literature, Art, and Archaeology), the largest annual humanities conference specifically about the Northern Plains (April)
 • Research library of 40,000 volumes and archives of 5,000 linear feet
 • Madsen/Nelson/Elmen Art Galleries with changing exhibits and the annual Artists of the Plains Show and Sale (February)
 • Permanent museum exhibits of Scandinavian and Native American artifacts
 • Boe Forum on Public Affairs, featuring national and international figures such as Colin Powell, Mikhail Gorbachev, Queen Noor, Rudy Giuliani, Al Gore, Vicente Fox, Sandra Day O'Connor
 • Internships, college courses, and workshops

For More Information:
The Center for Western Studies
Augustana College
2001 S. Summit Ave
Sioux Falls, SD 57197
(605) 274-4007 or 800-727-2844
cws@augie.edu


Established:
1970

Meeting Schedule:
 • Monthly board meetings

Web site:
www.augie.edu/cws

Chamberlain Area Historical Preservation Assoc., Inc.
No information available.
Charles Mix County Historical Restoration Society
No information available.
Clark County Historical Society
Current Officers:
President: Greg Furness
Vice President: Gene Bethke
Treasurer: Ralph Hurlbert
Secretary: Bev Klues

Activities:
 • Tours, Club meetings, and Heritage Day Special Displays

For More Information:
Clark County Historical Society
208 N Idaho
Clark, SD 57225
(605) 532-3769
Established:
1975

Meeting Schedule:
 • 1st Monday of every month

Web site:
N/A
Clay County Historic Preservation Commission
No information available.
Clay County Historical Society, Inc.
2016 Officers:
President: Dan Christopherson
Vice President: Gloria Hensley
Treasurer: Caitlin Collier
Recording Secretary: Lisa Johnson
Membership Secretary: Ruth Bylander
Past President: Maxine Johnson
Executive Director: Wess Pravecek
CCHPC Liaison: Jim Stone
Directors: Marvin Walz, Judy Sullivan, Art Rusch, Barbara Campbell and Erin Burrow
Lifetime Directors: Ann Severson


Activities:
 • Tours of Austin Whittemore House (Home of Clay Co Historical Society, Inc)
 • Annual Ice Cream Social, each June
 • Tour of Homes 1st Friday in December
 • Have Clay County files on Family, Oral, Church, and Vermillion histories, Obituaries, and Genealogy

For More Information:
Clay County Historical Society, Inc.
15 Austin ST
Vermillion, SD 57069
(605) 624-8266
claycohistory@yahoo.com Established:
1968

Meeting Schedule:
 • 4th Thursday of each month

Web site:
N/A
Clay County Old Settlers Association
No information available.
Codington County Historical Society
No information available.
Cresbard, DeVoe, Myron Historical Association
No information available.
Custer County Historical Society
No information available.
Czech Heritage Preservation Society, Inc.
Current Officers:
President: Al. Novak
Vice President: Lumir Ruman
Treasurer: Steve Shrader
Secretary: Margaret Kniffen

Activities:
 • Director Meeting -- March 15, 2016 -- Community Center, Tabor -- 7 p.m.
 • Annual Meeting -- March 20, 2016 -- Community Center, Tabor -- 1:30 p.m., snacks
 • Czech Days – June 17-18, 2016 -- Tabor
 • Picnic – July 25, 2016 -- Community Center, Tabor -- 12:30 p.m., potluck
 • Halloween party – October 31, 2015, Community Center, 12:30 p.m., potluck
 • Christmas Party – December 13, 2015, Legion Hall, 12:30 p.m., potluck

For More Information:
Czech Heritage Preservation Society, Inc.
PO Box 3
Tabor, SD 57063
(605) 463-2571
Established:
1974 -- now a 501 c 3 organization

Meeting Schedule:
  Directors' reorganizational meeting – April

Web site:
N/A
D
D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery and Archives
Current Officers:
Director: Carlos Martinez
Admin Officer: Delores Holso
Curator: Randi Sue Smith
Executive Director of Friends Group (Booth Society, Inc.): April Gregory

Activities:
 • Listed on National register of Historic Places -- includes 1899 hatchery building, 1905 superintendent's residence, other structures, live fish, underwater viewing windows
 • Grounds, office and research facility open all year; museum, gift shop open May-September
 • Research by appointment with the curator
 • Group tours available
 • Hatchery Helper middle school education/volunteer program in summer
 • American Fisheries Society Fish Culture Section Hall of Fame Induction in May
 • Father's Day activities
 • Garden Party fundraiser in summer
 • Hatchery Holidays

For More Information:
D.C. Booth National Fish Hatchery and Archives
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
423 Hatchery Circle
Spearfish, SD 57783
(605) 642-7730
dcbooth@fws.gov

Established:
1896 as a unit of the U.S. Fish Commission. First collections about 1978; museum opened 1982

Meeting Schedule:
Not available

Web site:
www.fws.gov/dcbooth/
Dakota Discovery Museum
No information available.
Dakota Sunset Museum
No information available.
Dakotas United Methodist Historical Society
Current Officers:
President: Darwin Kopfmann
Vice President: Stephen Perry
Treasurer: Elizabeth Jassman
Secretary: Betty Testerman
Newsletter Editor: Cheryl Finney
Archivist: Laurie Langland

Activities:
 • Dakotas United Methodist Annual Conference

– Noon luncheon
– Featured speaker

 • Assisting in updating Dakotas Conference UMC history with a tentative publication date of 2017 (Stephen Perry, project historian)

Membership is $10/year, covers the cost of the newsletter "News & Notes," and provides support for both the Conference Archives and the updated history of the Dakotas Conference of the United Methodist Church.
To join: contact the treasurer
, Elizabeth Jassman, at PO Box 291, Selby, SD 57472 selbmoumc@midco.net

Dakotas Conference Archives hours are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Appointments strongly encouraged. Contact Archivist Laurie Langland for archives inquiries.


For More Information:
Dakotas United Methodist Historical Society / Dakotas Conference Archives
Dakota Wesleyan University / McGovern Library
1201 McGovern Ave
Mitchell, SD 57301
(605) 995-2134
lalangla@dwu.edu

Established:
1993
Incorporating SDUMHS which was organized in 1983


Meeting Schedule:
 • Yearly meeting held during the Dakotas United Methodist Annual Conference (June)

Web site:
N/A

Dalesburg-Hub City Historical Society Inc.
Current Officers:
President: Ron Johnson
Treasurer: Connie Richards
Historian: Pat Norin
ASI Liason: Lorraine Carlson
Membership: Ron Johnson
Publicity: James Peterson
Officer-At-Large: Carol Shubeck
Ex Officio Officer: Pastor Sanderson
Website: Brendyn Richards

Activities:
The Dalesburg–Hub City Historical Society, Inc. is a South Dakota non-profit corporation to promote and preserve the historical significance of the Dalesburg–Hub City Community in Clay Clouty, South Dakota.
 • Erected and owns the historical monuments in the Dalesburg and Hub City villages

Donations continue to be accepted for the maintenance of the monuments and future projects.

For More Information:
Dalesburg–Hub City Historical Society
30493 464th Ave
Centerville, SD 57014-6403
(605) 253-2575


Established:
1995

Meeting Schedule:
 • Annual meeting on the Saturday evening after the Dalesburg
 • Midsummer weekend


Web site:
www.dalesburgscandinavian.org
Dalesburg Scandinavian Association
Current Officers:
President: Ron Johnson
Treasurer: Connie Richards
Historian: Pat Norin
ASI Liason: Lorraine Carlson
Membership: Ron Johnson
Publicity: James Peterson
Officer-At-Large: Carol Shubeck
Ex Officio Officer: Pastor Sanderson
Website: Brendyn Richards

Activities:
The Dalesburg Scandinavian Association works to preserve and promote the heritage of Dalesburg Lutheran Church and the Dalesburg Community. Membership is open to anyone interested in Scandinavia and Scandinavian-America.
 • Promotes an interest in Scandinavia and Scandinavian-America
 • Provides an opportunity for residents outside of the local area to maintain contact with their ancestral or home community and congregation
 • Affiliates with four parishes (counties) in Sweden that have historical connections to the Dalesburg Community
 • Variety of Events:

– The Lucia Festival
– Scandinavian Travelers Program
– Pea Soup and Pancake Luncheon
– Annual Meeting in November
– Annual Celebration of the St. Lucia Tradition in December


Membership is open to anyone interested in Scandinavia and Scandinavian-America.

For More Information:
Dalesburg Scandinavian Association
30595 University Rd
Vermillion, SD 57069-6507
(605) 253-2575


Established:
1977

Meeting Schedule:
 • Annual meeting

Web site:
angelfire.com/sd/dalesburg99
Dallas Historical Society
Current Officers:
Chairman: Richard Rubel
Vice Chairman: Brad Kahler
Treasurer: Karen Secor
Secretary: Beverly Rubel

For More Information:
Dallas Historical Society
C/O Richard Rubel
29587 334th Ave.
Dallas, SD 57529


Established:
N/A

Meeting Schedule:
N/A

Web site:
N/A
Daneville Heritage Association, Inc.
No information available.
Days of '76 Museum
Current Officers:
President: Jon Mattson
Vice President: Marc Straub
Treasurer: Joe Peterson
Secretary: Terry Sankey

Activities:
The Days of '76 Museum is associated with the Days of '76 Celebration: an annual historic parade and PRCA award winning rodeo.
 • Museum collections:

– Over 50 horse-drawn vehicles
– A collection of rodeo memorabilia and archives
– The Don Clowser Collection of old west pioneer and American Indian art and artifacts
– A historic costume collection


The Museum is a history museum open to the public May – October annually.
We are currently engaged in a capital campaign to build a new facility.
Estimated start date is Fall, 2009 with an estimated grand opening in Spring/Summer 2011.


For More Information:
Days of '76 Museum
PO Box 391
Dead Wood, SD 57732
(605) 578-2872
info@daysof76.com

Established:
Established in 1924
The Days of '76 Museum, Inc. formed in 2004

Meeting Schedule:
 • Board meets every two weeks

Web site:
www.daysof76.com
Deadwood Historic Preservation Commission
Current Officers:
Chairman: Darin Derosier
Vice Chairman: Ronda Feterl
Others: Mary Ann Oberlander, Willie Steinlicht, Matthew Pike, Michael Olsen, Steve Olson


Mission:
To promote the use and conservation of historic properties in downtown Deadwood for the education, inspiration, pleasure, and enrichment of Deadwood and visitors to the area.

For More Information:
Deadwood Historic Preservation Commission
City of Deadwood
108 Sherman Street
Deadwood, SD 57732
(605) 578-2082
Kevin@cityofdeadwood.com


City of Deadwood

Deadwood City Commission:
Mayor Francis Toscana
Georgeann Silvernail
Mike Klamm
Lenny Schroeder
Joe Peterson

For More Information:
The City of Deadwood
102 Sherman Street
Deadwood, SD 57732
(605) 578-2600


Established:
City of Deadwood established in 1876

Meeting Schedule:
 • N/A

Web site:
cityofdeadwood.com
Dell Rapids Society for Historic Preservation
Current Officers:
President: Teri Fiegen
Vice President: Dave Chamley
Treasurer: Tom Schwebach
Secretary: Mavis King

Activities:
Annual event, "Festival of Christmas," the first weekend in December, including Free pictures with Santa, tea party, music recitals, and yearly fundraising event with a reception and auction (on Sunday)
 • Suit case kit from the State Historic Society
 • An unveiling of a new baseball display

 • Open house in March
 • A replica of Abraham Lincoln's casket celebrating his 200th birthday
 • A variety of Collections:

– Obits from the local newspapers
– Class composites from the Dell Rapids High School dating back to 1906
– Locally found Wooly Mammoth bones
– Photos of many of the early settlers in this area
– information regarding the original Dell Rapids Hospital and much more


For More Information:
Dell Rapids Society for Historic Preservation
PO Box 143
Dell Rapids, SD 57022-0143
(605) 428-5504
fiegen@goldenwest.net

Established:
March, 1994

Meeting Schedule:
 • 2nd Thursday of each month, 12:00 p.m., at the Dell Rapids Museum (the old Dieson Building) downtown Dell Rapids

Web site:
N/A
Douglas County Historical Society
Current Officers:
President: Sharon Wiese, Armour
Treasurer: Dot Hoxeng, Armour
Secretary: Luverne VanDerWerff

Activities:
 • The Douglas County Historical Society operates three buildings:

– The central building located on the grounds of the Douglas County Courthouse in Armour: originally housed the offices of auditor and register of deeds in 1902. This building was placed on the National Register of Historic Sites in 1976
– In 1981, the society moved an 1884 country school to county property, located east of the museum
– "The Railroad House": this building was added in 1988 and it furnished and decorated in the period of the early 1900s
– These buildings are open to the public from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m., each Monday, Wednesday, and Friday afternoon and holidays from Memorial day to Labor day, or any other time by appointment

 • All Douglas County newspapers through 1940 are on microfilm and available at the Armour Carnegie Library for research

For More Information:
Douglas County Historical Society
PO Box 638
Armour, SD 57313
(605) 724-2129 or 724-2795


Established:
September, 1955

Meeting Schedule:
 • Annual meeting in Spring (or as needed)

Web site:
N/A
Dunham Historical Society
Current Officers:
President: Arlein Fransen
Vice President: Beverly Mohling
Treasurer: Jean Ferguson
Secretary: Doris Deneke

Activities:
 • Programs of historical interest of general meetings
 • Maintenance of the Jerauld County Pioneer Museum
 • Four fund raisers per year


For More Information:
Dunham Historical Society
PO Box 473
Wessington Springs, SD 57382
(605) 539-1620 or 539-1205


Established:
October, 1965

Meeting Schedule:
 • Quarterly, 4th Tuesday of January, April, July, and October
 • Board of Directors meets monthly on the 4th Tuesday


Web site:
N/A
E
Edgemont Area Historical Society
Current 2015 Officers:
Chairperson: Mary Hollenbeck
Vice Chairperson: Darrel Dutoit
Treasurer: Judy Porter
Secretary: Anne Cassens
Museum Manager: Sue Hendricks

Activities:
 • Manages and facilitates tours for the Trails, Trains and Pioneers Museum
 • Various educational programs held at quarterly and annual meetings

For More Information:
Trails, Trains and Pioneers Museum
601 2nd Ave (PO Box 193)
Edgemont, SD 57735
(605) 662-5858


Established:
March, 1994

Meeting Schedule:
 • 2nd Thursday of each month, 12:00 p.m., at the Dell Rapids Museum (the old Dieson Building) downtown Dell Rapids

Web site:
N/A
Elkton Community Museum and Historical Society
Current Officers:
President: Beverly Schwing
Vice President: Donna Magnus
Treasurer: Alice Moulton
Secretary: Alice Moulton

Activities:
 • On-going exhibits of local artifacts
 • Actively seek more ideas for fund-raising


For More Information:
Elkton Community Museum and Historical Society
1976 110th Ave
Elkton, SD 57026-8821
(605) 542-2451


Established:
April, 1987

Meeting Schedule:
 • 2nd Tuesday of February, May, August, and November

Web site:
N/A
Estelline Historical Society
No Information Available.
Eureka Pioneer Museum of McPherson County, Inc.
Current Officers:
Chairperson: Sonja Anderson
Vice Chairperson: Sue Berreth
Treasurer: Jean Bertsch
Secretary: Claudia B. Merthan
Curators: Edmund and Hulda Opp

Activities:
 • Facility tours
 • Schmeckfest: 3rd weekend in September

– Pioneer Demonstrations

 • Christmas Event: in October

– Early Day Christmas in Country Church


For More Information:
Eureka Pioneer Museum
1708 J Ave
Eureka, SD 57437-0902
(605) 284-2711
jeanellenb@aol.com

Established:
1978

Meeting Schedule:
 • 2nd Monday of each month – April to October
 • Annually – June

Web site:
N/A
F
Fairfax Historical Society
Current Officers:
Chair: Clark Gies
Vice Chair: Bob Monroe
Treasurer: Louise Truax
Secretary: Karen Bailey

Activities:
 • Sponsors various fundraisers including craft fairs, bake sales, car (antique) shows, and dance performances
 • Sponsoring agency for Fairfax Veterans Memorial
 • Home of Fairfax Wall of Fame
 • Home of Fairfax School memorabilia such as class pictures, trophies, yearbooks, etc
 • Continues gathering historical items from Eastern Gregory County including Ft. Randall


For More Information:
Fairfax Historical Society
PO Box 235
Fairfax, SD 57335
(605) 432-2351 or 432-9332
giescj@gwtc.net


Established:
N/A

Meeting Schedule:
 • 3rd Monday of each month

Web site:
N/A
Faith & Area Historical Society
Current Officers:
President: Irean Jordan
Treasurer: Arlycis Krause
Secretary: Arlycis Krause

Activities:
 • Cleaning, fixing, arranging, and tending historic properties

For More Information:
Faith & Area Historical Society
PO Box 505
Faith, SD 57626


Established:
1991

Meeting Schedule:
 • Every three months

Web site:
N/A
Fall River County Historical Society
No Information Available.
Faulk County Historical Society
President: Jody Moritz
Vice President: Virgil Hansen
Treasurer: Joyce Arnold
Secretary: Rosene Royce

Activities:
 • Operate the Pickler Mansion and Faulk County Museum

For More Information:
Faulk County Historical Society
PO Box 584
Faulkton, SD 57438
Jody.Moritz@K12.sd.us


Established:
1971

Meeting Schedule:
 • Four regular meetings per year; Annual Meeting held last Sunday in April

Web site:
www.faulktoncity.org
Friends of Case Library
No Information Available.
G
Galena Historical Society
No Information Available.
Garretson Area Historical Society and Heritage Museum
Current Officers:
President: Barbara Marsh
Vice President: Chris Engebretson
Treasurer/Newsletter Editor: Margie Martens
Secretary: Kelli Schlueter
Volunteer Coordinator/Board Member: Judy Hanson
Board Members: Dwayne Jacobson, Gloria Sanders, Lorna Sunde
Other Contributors: Sharon Kringen, Oran Sorenson, Bill Hoskins, Lee Hanson, Jakob Etrheim
Paid Staff/Grant Writer: Beverly Calvert

Activities:
 •The Society's mission is to preserve and share the heritage of the Garretson area for future generations.
 •The museum also preserves the history of nearby communities like Sherman and Booge.

For More Information:
Garretson Area Historical Society and Heritage Museum
PO Box 614
609 N. Main Ave.
Garretson, SD 57030
(605) 594-3522


Society Established: 1984

Museum Established: 1989

Meeting Schedule:
 Closed December-April (Open for special appointments)
Summer Hours: Subject to change

Web site:
www.GarretsonAreaHistoricalSocietyMuseum/index.htm
Grant County Historical Society
Current 2016 Officers:
President: Arlo Levisen
Vice President: Shirley Zahn
Treasurer: Karen Layher
Secretary: Val Cameron
Curator: Bruce Johnson
Board Members: Joe Holtzmann, Nancy Anderson, Rosie Christianson, Gloria Cooley, Marsha Lundberg, Marge Nowick, Susan Sbei, Daryl Stengel

Activities:

 •The Society's mission is to collect and preserve artifacts, written histories, and archival of county records as well as preserving historic buildings and creating public interest in our county's history. Research assistance is available.
 •The Society operates:

– The Grant County Historical Museum (Old Carnegie Library)
– Historical House and Country School in Milbank
– First Congregational Church in Milbank
– Agricultural and Tractor Museums in Stockholm
– The Brown Earth Indian Church outside of Stockholm
– Dolan-Justice Memorial Museum in Milbank

 •The museums in Milbank at 3rd St.-3rd Ave. are open from Memorial Day through Labor Day from 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. on Sundays or by appointment.
 •At Stockholm keys are available at Alice's Restaurant on Main St. for the Ag. and Tractor Museums.
 •School and group tours are welcome (scheduled in advance)
 •The Society, in 2013, reprinted Elwin Rogers' book entitled "For God & Land," about the Brown Earth Indian Church. Copies are available for $10 plus s/h.
 •"2016 Brown Earth Indian Church Summer Church Service Program Schedule
– Friday, May 20, 11:00 a.m.: Annual Clean-Up & Pot Luck
– Sunday, June 12, 10:30 a.m.: Elim Covenant Church at Stockholm, with Pastor Marlin Kuper presiding
– Saturday, July 16: Merea Dashiell & Chris Waldner Wedding
– Sunday, July 17, 5:30 p.m.: Countryside Covenant Church at Labolt, with Pastor Mark Chapman presiding
– Sunday, July 24, 11:00 a.m.: Parkview Methodist Church in Milbank, with Pastor Melanie Reiners presiding
– Saturday, August 13, 10 a.m.: Eagle's Wing Baptist Church in Old Agency, with Pastor Jerome Renville presiding
– Saturday, August 20: Erin Berg & Nick Sime Wedding
– Sunday, August 21, 11:00 a.m.: Dakota Presbyterian Churches of Sisseton-Wahpeton, with Dr. Clifford Canku & Pastor Michael Simon presiding
– Saturday, September 3: Erin Olson & Travis Holscher Wedding
 •The Grant County Historical Society's Annual Meeting is held the fourth Thursday in October in the Milbank Visitor Center. Dinner is at 6:00 p.m. and the program is at 7:00 p.m. In 2016 this event will be on Thursday, October 27.



For More Information:
Arlo Levisen, (605) 938-4192 (H) or (605) 467-3940 (C) or aplevisen@tnics.com
or Bruce Johnson, (612) 306-7834 or brucjo2@yahoo.com

Grant County Historical Society
PO Box 201
Milbank, SD 57252

Find us on Facebook @ "Grant County, SD Historical Society"

Established:
October 13, 1970

Meeting Schedule:
Annual Meeting -- Last Thursday in October
Quarterly Meetings -- Winter, Summer
Web site:
grantcountysdhistory.com/index.htm
Grand River Museum
Current Officers:
President: Stuart Schmidt
Vice President: Lisa Schmidt
Treasurer: Phyllis Schmidt
Secretary: Phyllis Schmidt

Activities:
 • Museum Features exhibits on ranching, Native Americans, homesteading, Creation Science and Dinosaurs
 • Traveling exhibits
 • Guest speakers

For More Information:
The Grand River Museum
114 10th Street W
Lemmon, SD 57638
(605) 374-7574 or 374-3911
grmuseum@sdplains.com

Established:
1998

Meeting Schedule:
 • Annually, usually in March

Web site:
www.grandrivermuseum.org/index.htm
Great Lakes of SD Tourism Association
Current Officers:
President: Dave Enke
President-Elect: Angelia Bosworth
Treasurer: Mark Kist
Executive Director: Karen Kern

Activities:
 • The mission of the association is to work in conjunction with visitor industry businesses, associations, cities, individuals and the SD Office of Tourism to market, promote and represent the tourism industry in Central South Dakota.

For More Information:
Great Lakes of SD Tourism Association
PO Box 786
Pierre, SD 57501
(605) 224-4617 or toll free (888) 386-4617
info@sdgreatlakes.org

Established:
N/A

Meeting Schedule:
 • N/A

Web site:
www.sdgreatlakes.org
Gregory County Historical Society
Current Officers:
Chairman: Clark Gies
Vice Chair: Richard Rubel
Treasurer: Beverly Rubel
Secretary: Judy Gies

Activities:
 • Maintain the Gregory County History Museum, which is located in the former St. Augustine's Catholic Church in Dallas
 • Gathering and preserving historical items and information from Gregory County
 • Presentations of historical significance

For More Information:
Gregory County Historical Society
C/O Clark Gies
502 1st St.
Fairfax, SD 57335


Established:
N/A

Meeting Schedule:
N/A

Web site:
N/A
H
Hand County Historical Society
Current Officers:
President: Connie Schroeder
Vice President: Tammy Caffee
Treasurer: Ginger VanZee
Secretary: Avis Chipman
McWhorter House Museum Director: Fern Droz
Directors: Mary Christopherson, Tim McMahon

Activities:
 • Events at the museum, "McWhorter House Museum and Depot"
 • Tours on the 4th of July: Other times by request
 • A plant sale on the lawn by the Prairie Garden Club

For More Information:
Hand County Historical Society
426 N Broadway
Miller, SD 57362
(605) 853-3289
sschroedertc@turtlecreek.net

Established:
1983
Museum opened in 1989


Meeting Schedule:
 • Board meets semi-annually (or as needed)

Web site:
N/A
Harding County Historical Society
Current Officers:
President: Betty Olson
Vice President: Bill Vroman
Treasurer: Betty Olson
Secretary: Pauline Holsti

Activities:
 • An annual historical tour of places of interest in the tri-state area
 • The tour usually is scheduled for the middle of September

For More Information:
Harding County Historical Society
11919 SD Hwy 79
Prairie City, SD 57649
bets_reva@hotmail.com

Established:
2000

Meeting Schedule:
 • Semi-annual planning meeting, Spring and Summer (to decide where and when to have our annual tour)

Web site:
rootsweb.ancestry.com
Heritage Club of Platte
Current Officers:
President: Marti Bobertz
Vice President: Ila Vae Antonsen
Treasurer: Everine Schipper
Secretary: Everine Schipper

Activities:
Adeline Gnirk, with the help of the society and many other people, got family histories for this third of Charles Mix County together and also the histories of town, churches, schools, businesses, etc., for the book "Epic of the Great Exodus" for the state centennial in 1989. Every last name index available.
 • Receives and replies to letters or visits from members of former families of the vicinity looking for information on their ancestors
 • File obituaries of the past year from weekly papers: Obits from 1915 to present are indexed
 • File local club, business and family histories received


For More Information:
Heritage Club of Platte
PO Box 517
Platte, SD 57369-0517
sdmf@midstatesd.net

Established:
1981

Meeting Schedule:
 • 2nd Monday of each month, at 10:00 a.m. in the City Library
 • No meeting in December


Web site:
N/A
Hermosa Arts and History Association
2015 Officers:
President: John Preston
Vice President: Delmar Clarke
Treasurer: Emma Ballinger
Secretary: Kelly Edwards
Treasurer: Roberta Upton
Curator: Pam Borglum
Public Relations Officer: Susan Crabtree


Activities:
 • Restoration of historic 1889 school into museum, including field trips and programs
 • April -- Annual "A Hermosa Saturday Night" musical/variety show benefit
 • August -- Custer County Fair booth and parade
 • October -- Storytellers Event
 • December -- Christmas Carnival

For More Information:
Hermosa Arts and History Association
25 N. 2nd St.
PO Box 175
Hermosa, SD 57744-0175
(605) 484-2370


Established:
1999

Meeting Schedule:
 • 2nd Thursday of each month at 7 p.m.

Web site:
N/A
Hetland Historical Society
No Information Available.
Historic Homestake Opera House Society
No Information Available.
Hurley Historical Society
Current Officers:
President: Lois Duxbury
Vice President: Eloise Welch
Treasurer: Beverly Freese
Secretary: Beverly Freese

Activities:
 • Hold educational meetings
 • Maintain "The Arthur Nelson Historical Museum" on Hurley's Main Street Hold educational meetings

For More Information:
Hurley Historical Society and Museum
28146, 457 Ave
Hurley, SD 57036
rldux@iw.net

Established:
1980's for Museum

Meeting Schedule:
 • 4th Thursday of each month, in afternoon

Web site:
N/A
Hyde County Historical and Genealogical Society
Current Officers:
President: Skyla Ratzlaff
Vice President: Dolores Stoley
Treasurer: Maurine Bouzek
Recording Secretary: Alice Buchheim
Treasurer: Maurine Bouzek
Directors: Sandra Cermak, Marlys Cermak and Deanne Smith

Activities:
 • Helps people interested in preserving the history of Hyde County and Highmore
 • Helps people interested in genealogy to trace their ancestral lines or lines of descent
 • In celebration of South Dakota's 125th anniversary our Old Settlers Display in June featured a walk-through 1930s Depression-Era display. Reproduced photos and relevant objects helped to create the environment. The refreshments served had "Hoover Dam" included.
 • We had an opportunity to actively participate in the decorating of a Christmas Tree at the Capitol in Pierre which featured many handmade ornaments depicting early school days in South Dakota.
 • Our Highmore's First Schoolhouse building which the society maintains continues with upgrading. The main building was scraped and repainted in 2013 and the windows were reglazed and the green trim freshened in Fall 2014. New shutters have been crafted and will be put on in Spring 2015.
 • Yearly (January-December) membership dues are $7 for Single and $10 for Family, and include subscription to "Tumbleweed" newsletter.

For More Information:
Hyde County Historical and Genealogical Society
PO Box 392
113 Iowa Street S
Highmore, SD 57345
(605) 852-2376


Established:
January 29th, 1973

Meeting Schedule:
 • 3rd Saturday of each month

Web site:
www.rootsweb.com/~sdhyde/
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No information available.

J

No information available.

K
Karl E. Mundt Historical and Educational Foundation
No Information Available.
Keystone Area Historical Society
Current Officers:
President: Sandra McLain
Vice President: Tom Fonck
Treasurer: Westly Parker
Secretary: Tom Stanage

Activities:
 • Preservation activities within the community with special emphasis on the Keystone Museum:

– Carrie Ingalls memorabilia
– Historical photos
– Antiques
– Displays featuring historical Keystone residents
– Historical classrooms from the late 1890s

 • Sponsoring the "Living History School" every May with the local retired teacher group
 • The museum was the local school from 1900-1982, a Victorian Schoolhouse on the National Register of Historic Places
 • The Langer Rock Collection and mining displays
 • Historical walking tour:

– 21 locations throughout Keystone
– History is presented including the Gold Rush from 1876 through the making of Mount Rushmore


For More Information:
Keystone Area Historical Society
410 3rd St
PO Box 177
Keystone, SD 57751
(605) 666-4847 or 430-9150
keygadfly@aol.com

Established:
1983

Meeting Schedule:
 • 2nd Monday of each month, at 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Web site:
keystonechamber.com/kahs
Klein Museum
Current Officers:
President: Judy Curran
Vice President: Lyle Walth
Treasurer: Dr. Leonard Linde
Secretary: Carol Lehrkamp
Curator/Manager: Diane Kindt

Activities:
 • April & May -- Annual living history school tours for local and area schools
 • July -- Living History productions; 2011 date TBA
 • Annual Threshing Bee -- always second Saturday in September

For More Information:
Klein Museum
1820 W. Grand Crossing
Mobridge, SD 57601
kleinmuseum@westriv.com

Established:
1975

Meeting Schedule:
Fourth Thursday of each month, starting in March and running through October

Web site:
www.mobridgekleinmuseum.com
L
Lake County Historical Society
No Information Available.
Lawrence County Historical Society
Current Officers:
President: Norma Kraemer
Vice President: Kim Keehn
Treasurer: Jacke Mitchell
Secretary: Donna Watson


Activities:
 • Spring membership meeting will be May 3, 2015, at the Homestake Opera House in Lead.
 • Fall membership meeting will be September 27, 2015, at the Homestake Adams Research and Cultural Center.

For More Information:
Lawrence County Historical Society
HARCC
150 Sherman St.
Deadwood, SD 57732
(605) 342-2339
kraemer.norma@gmail.com


Established:
1961

Meeting Schedule:
Membership meetings are spring and fall and vary depending upon programming. The board meets every other month on the second Monday of the month, starting in January, at 4 p.m. at the Homestake Adams Research and Cultural Center in Lead. Everyone is welcome.

Web site:
www.lawrencecountyhistory.com
Lead Historic Commission
Current Officers:
Chair: Dan Leikvold
Vice Chair: Jean Martin
Secretary: Peggy Wiese
Directors: Jacque Fuller, Alan Anton, Ben Humphrey, Mike Nevin, Nick Johns, Ross Bryant

Activities:
 • Lead Historic Walking Tour Brochure

– National Trust for Historic Preservation/Rural Learning Center project
– Identifying historic grocery stores
– Historical signage


For More Information:
Lead Historic Preservation Commission
801 W. Main St
Lead, SD 57754
(605) 584-1401


Established:
1987

Meeting Schedule:
 • 3rd Wednesday of each month, at 5:30 p.m. at the Lead City Hall

Web site:
N/A
Lorik, Peterson Heritage House Museum
Current Officers:
President: Patricia Folsland
Secretary: Ruth Ann Carlson
Corresponding Secretary: Mary Junker
Board members: Kay Dorenbusch, Vesta Case, Don Jensen, Kelly Leonhardt

Activities:
 • Brought a Country School into town from Spring Lake District 8
 • Variety of displays:

– Victorian Christmases
– World War II uniform
– Old toys


For More Information:
Lorik, Peterson Heritage House Museum
21617 443rd Ave
Oldham, SD 57051
((605) 482-8640

Established:
1975

Meeting Schedule:
 • 1st Tuesday of each month

Web site:
N/A
Lyman County Historical Society
No Information Available.
Lyman-Brule Genealogical Society
Current Officers:
President: Cleone Cozine
Vice President: Kathy Feltman
Treasurer: Marlene McGregor
Secretary: Gary Biskeborn
Librarian: Mark Nesladek

Activities:
 • Answering queries about Lyman and Brule Counties
 • On-going obituary projects
 • Assisting research

For More Information:
Lyman-Brule Genealogical Society
110 E. Lawler
Chamberlain, SD 57325
(605) 734-5049
gensociety@yahoo.com

Established:
1987

Meeting Schedule:
 • 3rd Monday of every odd month, at noon, at the Cozard Memorial Library

Web site:
lbroots.org
M
Mammoth Site
Current Officers:
President: Dr. Frank Ferguson
Vice President: Dr. Ken Bowe
Treasurer: Steve Colgan
Secretary: Anna Merrill

Activities:
 • Working paleontological museum:

– Active digs with Elderhostel and EarthWatch volunteers
– K-12 kits for schools
– Distance learning educational programs


For More Information:
The Mammoth Site
1800 Highway 18 Truck Route
PO Box 692
Hot Springs, SD 57747
(605) 745-6017
mammoth@mammothsite.com

Established:
1975

Meeting Schedule:
 • 4th Tuesday of each month
 • Full board meeting in April, July, October, and November
 • Executive Committee in February, March, May, June, August, September, and December
 • Annual Meeting, 3rd Monday in January

Web site:
www.mammothsite.com
Marshall County Historical Society
No Information Available.
Mellette County Historical Society
No Information Available.
Mellette Memorial Association
Current Officers:
President: Prudy Calvin
Vice President: Jim Roby
Treasurer: Ann Edelman
Secretary: Lisa Oelrich

Activities:
The Mellette Memorial Association is a private nonprofit organization which operates the 1885 Mellette House, home of Arthur Mellette, South Dakota's first governor. The house has been restored and is filled with original Mellette furniture, portraits, and heirlooms.

 • Annual event "If Headstones Could Talk," in June. Guided tour of Mt. Hope Cemetery in Watertown:

– Visit the graves of some of Watertown's earliest residents
– Hear about people, their lives, and their experiences in early Watertown



The Mellette House is open for guided tours from May 1 to October 1, Tuesday though Sunday (closed on Mondays) from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. No admission fee, but donations are appreciated. Reservations are recommended for groups.

For More Information:
Mellette Memorial Association
PO Box 212
Watertown, SD 57201
(605) 886-4730
info@mellettehouse.org

Established:
1943

Meeting Schedule:
As called by President

Web site:
www.mellettehouse.org
Menno Historical Society
Current Officers:
Chairman: Dorothy Harnisch
Vice Chairman: Gail Guthmiller
Treasurer: Stel Nusz
Secretary: Joyce Heirigs
Other: Rita Hoff, Morna Anderson, Marilee Hauck

Activities:
 • 4th of July Event
 • Car show (August)
 • Power show (September)
 • Band day (September)
 • Finishing a grant from the State Historic Preservation Office

For More Information:
Menno Historical Society
PO Box 223
Menno, SD 57045


Established:
1980

Meeting Schedule:
N/A

Web site:
N/A
Miner County Historical Society
No Information Available.
Minnehaha Century Fund
Current Officers:
President: Vacant
Vice President: Celia Benson
Treasurer: Jeanne Pattison
Secretary: Wayne Fanebust

Activities:
 • Stewardship of four vintage buildings on the W.H. Lyons Fairgrounds in Sioux Falls. Known as Pioneer Lane, the buildings: Fersdahl Cabin, ca. 1870; Grinde School, 1887; Church of the Good Samaritan, 1903; and Rutland Depot, ca. 1902, are open to the public during the Sioux Empire Fair in August and by appointment during the rest of the year.
 • Conducts educational programs providing information on Minnehaha County history.
 • Seeks to mark sites that can best help us to understand and interpret our history.

 • Encourages individuals, families and organizations to contribute to the cost and to contact the Fund, to learn how they may help.
 • Assists preservation organizations such as the Minnehaha County Historical Society and other groups.

For More Information:
Minnehaha Century Fund
200 W 6th St
Sioux Falls, SD 57103
Facebook:Minnehaha Century Fund


Established:
1988
Incorporated: 1990


Meeting Schedule:
 • Board meets monthly on Thursdays at Old Courthouse Museum
 • No meetings: July or August


Web site:
https://sites.google.com/site/minnehahacenturyfund/
Minnehaha County Historical Society
Current Officers:
President: Richard Foster
Vice President-Marketing & Social Media: Jill Rozenboom
Deputy Vice President-Membership: Rachel Hanisch
Treasurer: Jerry Kerhove
Secretary: Jennifer Smith Hoesing
Archivist: Ralph Lawrence
Past President-Historical Markers: Jim Carlson
General Board Members: Ken Alvine, Zach DeBoer, Wayne Fanebust, Scott Schoenen. Ryan Tellberg & Trevor VanConant

Activities:
 • Monthly meetings with featured speakers; special programs in April and December
Sponsorship of:
 • Larger-than-life statue of South Dakota's first full-term U.S. Senator, R.F. Pettigrew, which is being sculpted by member-artist Darwin Wolf,
 • Publication of books "The History of Rural Schools in Minnehaha County" by member-author Celia Benson, and "Twelve Thousand years of Human History." MCHS made donations of both books to all the schools and libraries in Minnehaha County,
 • A historical marker committee that has dedicated more than 190 new markers and identified more than 50 markers placed by other groups,
 • Presenters at the Augustana College, Center for Western Studies, annual Dakota Conference,
 • Bus field trips to historic sites,
 • A summer outdoor noon music event at the Old Courthouse Museum,
 • The upcoming publication of a new book, "Taming of the Prairie" coloring book by Ken Alvine

For More Information:
Minnehaha County Historical Society
200 W 6th St
Sioux Falls, SD 57104
(605) 951-9200
Email: info@minnehahahistory.org
Like us on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/MinnehahaCountyHistoricalSociety
Website is in progress


Established:
1927

Meeting Schedule:
 • 3rd Thursday of each month during September – May, at 7:00 p.m. on the second floor of the Old Courthouse Museum; summer hiatus

Web site:
N/A
Minnilusa Historical Association
Current Board of Directors:
President: Karen Miller
Vice-President: Judy Cobb
Treasurer: Eileen Rossow
Secretary: Pat Roseland
Board Members: Randy Daughenbaugh, Midge Lakner, Ed McLaughlin, Bill McBride, Vern McMullen, Wini Michael, Stella Hughes, Jan Rathbun, Johnny Sundby
Honorary Members: Helen Wrede, Helen Daughenbaugh (deceased 2009)
Director: Reid Riner

Activities:
Minnilusa Pioneer Museum at the Journey Museum in Rapid City provides;
 • Trips to places of historic interest
 • Education of local youth-scholarships and internships
 • Annual meeting and picnic
 • Outreach to media and government regarding local history exhibits at museums in area

For More Information:
Minnilusa Historical Association
222 New York St
Rapid City, SD 57701
(605) 394-6099
minnilusa@earthlink.net

Established:
1956

Meeting Schedule:
 • Each month

Web site:
www.journeymuseum.org
Mitchell Area Historical Society
No Information Available.
Moody County Historical Society
Current Officers:
President: Carole Hurley
Vice President: Warren Jackson
Treasurer: Ron Smith
Secretary: Anna Duncan
Board members: Bill Beane, Beverly Wakeman, John Hay, Tammy Pitsenberger, Jan Gilbertson, Dorothy Bauske

Activities:
 • Christmas Tree Festival at the Courthouse
 • 4th of July: "Good Old 4th of July Summer Fest" open to non-profits booths
 • Bus tours

For More Information:
Moody County Historical Society
706 E Pipestone Ave
PO Box 25
Flandreau, SD 57028
(605) 997-3191
mchsmus1@knology.net
http://www.moodycountymuseum.com/

Established:
1956 -- Museum opened 1964

Meeting Schedule:
 • 2nd Monday of each month

Web site:
www.moodycountymuseum.com
Museum at Wounded Knee
Current Officers:
Director: Garry Rowland
Curator: Margaux Simmons

Activities:
 • Provide truthful information and education about the Lakotah
 • Show the true history of the Lakotah people by providing

– Visual exhibits, cultural artifacts, arts and crafts
– Classes and Lakotah language courses
– Guest Lectures/presentations
– Artistic performances, tiospaye gatherings and feasts

 • The Museum opens Monday - Sunday, 9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.,
    (May through October)

For More Information:
The Museum at Wounded Knee
PO Box 208
Wounded Knee, SD 57794
The Republic of Lakotah
(605) 867-2852
museumatwoundedknee@gmail.com

Established:
2000

Meeting Schedule:
 • N/A

Web site:
woundedknee
Museum of Wildlife, Science, and Industry
Current Officers:
President: Alice Bartell
Vice President: Jim Brakefield
Treasurer: Sherry Zimmerman
Secretary: Lynne Hansen

Activities:
 • Reopening event of our buildings, including a meal program
 • Car show on the grounds in July, hosted by the Car Club in Webster
 • Fall event: School student tours
 • Join with Webster City for the Pumpkin Fest in October
 • Various fund raising
 • Tours of the museum

The museum is open to public May 15 – Oct 15

For More Information:
Museum of Wildlife, Science, and Industry
W Hwy 12
PO Box 235
Webster, SD 57274
(605) 332-9662 or 332-7762
info@sdmuseum.org

Established:
1985

Meeting Schedule:
 • Monthly, with special meetings called as needed

Web site:
www.sdmuseum.org
N
National Music Museum
Current Officers:
Chairman: Scott Ray Lawrence
Treasurer: Joan Holter
Secretary: Gerald Gaul

Senior Staff:
Associate Director/Interim Co-Manager and Senior Curator of Musical Instruments: Margaret Downie Banks, Ph.D.
Manager of Communications: Patricia Bornhofen, Ph.D.
Collections Manager/Interim Co-Manager: Rodger Kelly, M.M., M.A.
Joe R. and Joella F. Utley Curator of Brass Instruments: Sabine K. Klaus, Ph.D.
Conservator: Emanuele Marcconi, M.A.
Curator of Education and Woodwind Instruments: Deborah Check Reeves, D.M.A.
Manager of Membership Services: Carol Robertson, B.S.
Curator of Stringed Instruments: Arian Sheets, B.A., B.M.
Associate Curator: Michael Suing, M.M.

Activities:
 • NMM Live! concerts
 • Self-guiding multi-media tours
 • Guided tour groups
 • Temporary and touring exhibits
 • Children's summer programming
 • Professional conferences and seminars

For More Information:
National Music Museum
414 E Clark St (on the campus of the University of South Dakota, corner of Clark and Yale Streets)
Vermillion, SD 57069
(605) 677-5306
nmm@usd.edu

Established:
1973

Meeting Schedule:
 • Last Saturday in April and last Saturday in September

Web site:
www.nmmusd.org
Newell Museum
Current Officers:
Chairman: David Morell
Vice Chairman: Douglas Parrow
Treasurer: Annitta Stolnack
Secretary: Sharyle Scott
Curator: Linda Velder
Historian: Lynette Culver

Activities:
 • Annual 3-day Open House over Labor Day weekend
 • Participates in Traveling Exhibits
 • Educational and Historical display pertaining to early settlers and businesses of the area

For More Information:
Newell Museum
PO Box 433
Newell, SD 57760
(605) 456-1310 or 456-2804
newellmuseum@yahoo.com

Established:
September, 1985

Meeting Schedule:
 • Quarterly (or as needed)

Web site:
N/A
North Central Genealogical Society
No Information Available.
O
Oelrichs Historical Society
Current Officers:
President: Vince Logue
Vice President: Ron Rickenbach
Treasurer: Joe Logue
Secretary: Katie Merdanian

Activities:
 • Selling local history book, "In the Shadow of the Butte, Oelrichs"
 • Supports local historical projects

For More Information:
Oelrichs Historical Society
PO Box 127
Oelrichs, SD 57763-0127
(605) 535-2040


Established:
March 25, 1982

Meeting Schedule:
 • Last Thursdays in January, April, July and October

Facebook:
Oelrichs Historical Society
Old Fort Meade Museum and Historic Research Association
Current Officers in 2016:
Museum Director: John F. Tesnow
President: Randy Bender
Vice President: Charles Blaisdel
Secretary: Lee Stroschine
Treasurer: Daryla Sandy

Activities:
 • Operates museum
 • Hosts student tours during the year, cavalry events, and guest speakers
 • Lecture hall available for organizations' meetings

For More Information:
Old Fort Meade Museum and Historic Research Association
PO Box 164
Ft. Meade, SD 57741
(605) 347-9822
support@fortmeademuseum.org

Established:
1964

Meeting Schedule:
 • Last Thursdays in January and July

Web site:
www.fortmeademuseum.org
P
Perkins County Historical Society
No Information Available.
Pierre-Fort Pierre Geneaological Society
Current Officers:
President: Linda Lowe
Vice President: Lori Sears
Treasurer: Richard Phillips
Secretary: Kathy Connell
Quarterly Editor: Linda Lowe

Activities:
 • Research geneaology for people in the Pierre-Fort Pierre area.

For More Information:
Pierre-Fort Pierre Genealogical Society
PO Box 925
Pierre, SD 57501
pierregen@pie.midco.net

Established:
N/A

Meeting Schedule:
N/A

Web site:
www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~sdfpgs/
Potter County Historical Association
Current Officers:
Chair: Bobbie Potts
Vice Chair: Phyllis Wise
Treasurer: Kathleen Nagel
Secretary: Mary Carol Potts

Activities:
 • Show and tell stories and discussions of past history
 • Some field trips such as visiting the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre


For More Information:
Potter County Historical Association
205 W Commercial Ave, STE 104
Gettysburg, SD 57442
(605) 765-9480
dakotasunset@sbtc.net

Established:
N/A

Meeting Schedule:
 • 3rd Sunday of every month, 2:00 p.m.

Web site:
N/A
Q
Questers: Rushmore Memories Chapter #1147
Current Officers:
President: Mary Lou Ehrke

Activities:
 • Programs on historic preservation and antiques

For More Information:
The Questers: Rushmore Memories Chapter
4150 Villa Ridge Ct. #115
Rapid City, SD 57701
(605) 343-3863

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Established:
International Questers formed in 1944
Rushmore Memories Chapter formed in 1989


Meeting Schedule:
 • Monthly (September – May)

Web site:
N/A
R

No Information Available.

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Sioux Valley Genealogical Society
Current Officers:
Chairman: Perry Hanavan
Vice Chairman: Margaret Novak
Treasurer: Corwyn Meyer
Secretary: Donna Harr
Librarian: Connie Coughlin
Corresponding Secretary: Colleen Reichelt
Research Secretary: Sandy Gunderson
Layout Editor: Nancy Dunn
Pathfinder Editor and Membership Chair: Peg Teslow

Activities:
 • Library and workroom with computers and microfilm readers are available:

– Volunteers are in the library to assist visitors
– Monday – Friday, 12:00 – 4:00 p.m. (Other times by appointment)

 • The Pioneer Pathfinder, published quarterly

For More Information:
Sioux Valley Genealogy Society
200 W 6th St
Sioux Falls, SD 57104
(605) 338-6805
amhcommunications@rushmore.com

Established:
1972

Meeting Schedule:
 • 1st Thursday of each month (Except July and August), at 7:00 p.m. in Old Courthouse Museum, 6th and Main St, Sioux Falls

Web site:
www.svgs-sd.org
Siouxland Heritage Museums
Current Officers:
Director: Bill Hoskins

Activities:
 • Ownership and operation of the Old Courthouse Museum and the Pettigrew Home & Museum, both in Sioux Falls

For More Information:
Siouxland Heritage Museums
(605) 367-4210 ext. 0
museum@minnehahacounty.org

Established:
1974

Meeting Schedule:
Not available

Web site:
www.siouxlandmuseums.com
South Dakota Agricultural Heritage Museum
Current Officers:
Chair: Van Fishback

Activities:
 • Public programs
 • Exhibits
 • Adult and children tours
 • Book discussions
 • Publications

For More Information:
South Dakota Agricultural Heritage Museum
925 11th St
PO Box 601 SDSU
Brookings, SD 57007
(605) 688-6226
sdsu.agmuseum@sdstate.edu

Established:
1967

Meeting Schedule:
 • Quarterly

Web site:
www.agmuseum.com
South Dakota Archaeological Society
Current Officers:
President: Del Compaan
Vice President: Doyle Crume
Treasurer: Laura Lueck
Secretary: Richard Berg
Professional Assistants: Lynette Rossum, Adrien Hannus, Michael Fosha

Activities:
 • Identification of important archaeological sites
 • Educate the public on the significance of our past
 • Training for avocational parties as valuable assets to the professional community in the salvage, or evaluation of archaeological sites in the region
 • Protect archaeological data and sites

For More Information:
South Dakota Archaeological Society
PO Box 1257
Rapid City , SD 57709
mike.fosha@state.sd.us

Augustana College Archeological Laboratory
2032 S Grange Ave
Sioux Falls, SD 57197
irossum@augie.edu

Established:
1970

Meeting Schedule:
 • Monthly board meetings
 • Individual Chapters have varied dates for monthly meetings


Web site:
home.earthlink.net/~s_d_a_s
South Dakota Art Museum
Current Board Officers & Members:
President: Marilyn DeLong
Vice President: Timothy J. Dougherty
Treasurer: Jack Stengel
Secretary: Maree Larson
Other Members: Diane Anderson, Phyllis Bell, Ruth Brennan, Sharon Casey, Marcia Chicoine, Christine Hamilton, Jerry Jorgensen, Rita Larson, Jill LaPlante, Lanniko Lee, RaVae Luckhart, Pat Meyer, Dorothy Morgon, Larry Ness, Jane Rasmussen, Ken Vogele, Chatherine Vogele, Susan Wischmeier

Activities:
 • Since 1970, the South Dakota Art Museum in Brookings has been a place for people around the world to enjoy the artistic legacy of South Dakota in all its diversity. Rotating exhibits feature Harvey Dunn, Native American art, Marghab Linens and Paul Goble; as well as exhibits curated from regional, national and international artists.
 •The museum has more than 7,000 objects in its collection including paintings, drawings, photographs, sculptures, textiles, and ceramics. The museum store features jewelry, pottery, and original works of art by local and regional artists in addition to books on South Dakota history and culture. Activities

For More Information:
South Dakota Art Museum
Box 2250, SDSU
Brookings, SD 57007
(605) 688-5423 or Toll Free (866) 705-8590
sdsu.sdam@sdstate.edu

Established:
1970

Meeting Schedule:
Board meets monthly. Organization meets annually.

Websites:
www.dakotaterritorialmuseum.org
www.meadbuilding.org
South Dakota Discovery Center & Aquarium
No Information Available.
South Dakota Humanities Council
Current Officers:
President: Ann Thompson
Vice President: Jean Nicholson
Treasurer: Scott Rausch
Secretary: Corey Vilhauer
Executive Director: Sherry DeBoer
Program Assistant: Evan Philips
Office Manager: Carolyn Marshall
Director, Center for the Book: Steve Binkley
Events & Outreach Director: Samantha Hendriks

Activities:
 • Center for the Book programs:

– Annual Festival of Books (www.sdbookfestival.com)
– One Book SD
– Literature and Medicine


 • Civic Education programs:

– We the People History Day


 • Other programs:

– Speakers' Bureau
– South Dakota Stories


For More Information:
South Dakota Humanities Council
1215 Trail Ridge Road Suite A
Brookings, SD 57006
(605) 688-6113
sdsu.sdhc@sdstate.edu

Established:
1972

Meeting Schedule:
 • The Council meets three times a year (Spring, Summer, and Fall)

Web site:
www.sdhumanities.org
South Dakota State Historical Society
Key Staff:
Jay D. Vogt – Director and State Historic Preservation Officer
Nancy Tystad Koupal – Director of Research & Publishing and Editor of "South Dakota History" and "History Notes"
Chelle Somsen – Director of SD State Archives and State Archivist
James Haug – Director of the Archaeological Research Center
Ted Spencer – Director of the State Historic Preservation Office
Jay Smith – Director of the Museum
Michael Lewis – President of South Dakota Heritage Fund

2013 Board of Trustees:
President: Brad Tennant, Aberdeen
Vice President: David Wolff, Spearfish
Other Members: Michael Jandreau, Lower Brule; Rolene R. Schliesman, Wilmot; Richard Harnois, Pierre; John D. Fowler, Elk Point; Donald Simmons, Flandreau; Jeffrey A. Hazard, Sioux Falls; Tom D. Tobin, Winner; Laurie Langland, Mitchell; Robert E. Kolbe, Sioux Falls; Peggy Sanders, Oral


Activities:
 • The society is headquartered at the South Dakota Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre. The Heritage Center, opened in 1989 to coincide with the state centennial, houses the administrative & development, historic preservation and research & publishing offices, a world-class museum, the State Archives, and a gift shop. The Archaeological Research Center is in Rapid City.
 • The regular public hours of the Museum in the Cultural Heritage Center are Monday-through-Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Sundays and holidays from 1 to 4:30 p.m. From Memorial Day-through-Labor Day, the hours are Monday-through-Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and 1 to 4:30 p.m. on Sundays and holidays. Admission is free for members of the society and children 17-and-younger; there is a $4 fee for those ages 18-and-older. Discounts are available for tour groups. The State Archives are open weekdays and the first Saturday of each month from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The center is closed New Year's Day, Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas.
 • The society offers a variety of educational opportunities, including tours of the museum and archives, publications and curriculum guides, and hands-on classes, suitcase and traveling exhibits, and archaeological activities.
 • Annual events include a reception each January for state legislators, an annual conference each spring, and an open house the day after Thanksgiving to kick off the holiday season.
 • The society is increasing its outreach efforts to local history groups, encouraging them to contact society staff if they have technical questions. "Hoofprints," a bimonthly newsletter, links local history groups with the state society and each other. "Hoofprints" is a benefit of Group membership in the society.

For More Information:
South Dakota State Historical Society
900 Governors Drive
Pierre, SD 57501-2217
(605) 773-3458
sdshs@state.sd.us

Established:
First organized in 1863
Officially started in 1901


Meeting Schedule:
 • Board meets four times a year.

Web site:
www.history.sd.gov
South Dakota State Railroad Museum, Ltd.
2010 Officers:
President: Michael Grimm
Vice President: Marcia Mitchell
Secretary/Treasurer: David Salmen
Executive Director: Rick Mills

Activities:
 • Year-round museum, research library and archives
 • Programming and field trips related to railroads, and the history of South Dakota and American railroading.

For More Information:
South Dakota State Railroad Museum, Ltd.
222 Railroad Ave. Bldg. A
PO Box 1070
Hill City, SD 57745-1070
(605) 574-9000
sdsrrm@gmail.com

Established:
1994

Meeting Schedule:
 • N/A

Web site:
www.sdsrm.org
Spearfish Center for the Arts and Humanities
Current Officers:
President: Sandy Nauman
Vice President: French Bryan
Treasurer: Kim Frey
Secretary: Sandy Mattern
Others: Guido Della-Vecchia, Chris Davis, Bruce Hermann
Executive Director: Deb Smoot
Assistant to the Director: David Harding
Patron Services: Nance Allan

Activities:
 • Community Theatre
 • Concerts
 • Art Gallery
 • Arts Education

For More Information:
Spearfish Center for the Arts and Humanities
Spearfish Arts Center
612 N Main St
Spearfish, SD 57783
(605) 642-7973
admin@spearfishartscenter.org

Established:
1997

Meeting Schedule:
 • 2nd Monday of each month

Web site:
www.spearfishartscenter.org
Spink County Historical Society
No Information Available.
Springfield College Archives/Museum
Current Officers:
Chairman: Dr. Thomas Stone
Vice Chairman: Jon Westling
Treasurer: Alice Petrik
Secretary: Ray Willard

Activities:

 • Museum and Archives collection occupies 2,400 square feet of space and is open by appointment
 • A reunion of the College (Southern/University of South Dakota at Springfield) alumni, faculty, staff and friends will be held the evening of Sept. 18 and all day Sept. 19, 2015, in Springfield at the Museum and City Hall.
 • Multi-media tour guides available


For More Information:
 • For tour information, please call Alice Petrik, (605) 369-2626 or email ezechtrik@gmail.com



Established:
2003

Meeting Schedule:
 • 9-member Board meets three or four times a year

Web site:
N/A

Springfield Historical Society
Current Officers:
Chairman: Marilyn McNeely
Vice Chairman: Gene Ludens
Treasurer: Connie Sorensen
Secretary: Sandra Korkow

Activities:
 • Scheduled yearly

For tour information, please call Clark Thomas, (605) 369-2381; Marilyn McNeely, (605) 369-2501; Alice Petrik, (605) 369-2626; or Gene Ludens, (605) 369-2998. The museum is not open on a regular basis.

For More Information:
Springfield Historical Society
PO Box 531
Springfield, SD 57062


Established:
N/A

Meeting Schedule:
 • Annual meeting in April, others as needed

Web site:
N/A
Sturgis Motocycle Museum & Hall of Fame
Current Officers:
President: Dave Davis
Vice President: Roger Schieman
Treasurer: Robin Baldwin
Secretary: Carolyn Weber
Director: Christine Paige Diers
Citi Representative: Joe DesJarlis
Other: Roger Call, Ken Hines, Pokey Jacobson, Francie Ruebel-Alberts, Loren Stanley, Rod Woodruff

Activities:
 • Museum open year-round

For More Information:
Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall of Fame
999 Main St
Sturgis, SD 57785
(605) 347-2001
christine@sturgismuseum.com

Established:
2001

Meeting Schedule:
 • Each month

Web site:
www.sturgismuseum.com
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Tabor Czech Heritage Preservation Society, Inc.
Current Officers:
President: Al. Novak
Vice President: Lumir Ruman
Treasurer: Steve Shrader
Secretary: Margaret Kniffen

Activities:
 • Director Meeting -- March 15, 2016 -- Community Center, Tabor -- 7 p.m.
 • Annual Meeting -- March 20, 2016 -- Community Center, Tabor -- 1:30 p.m., snacks
 • Czech Days – June 17-18, 2016 -- Tabor
 • Picnic – July 25, 2016 -- Community Center, Tabor -- 12:30 p.m., potluck
 • Halloween party – October 31, 2015, Community Center, 12:30 p.m., potluck
 • Christmas Party – December 13, 2015, Legion Hall, 12:30 p.m., potluck

For More Information:
Czech Heritage Preservation Society, Inc.
PO Box 3
Tabor, SD 57063
(605) 463-2571


Established:
1974 -- now a 501 c 3 organization

Meeting Schedule:
  Directors' reorganizational meeting – April

Web site:
N/A
Timber Lake & Area Historical Society
Current Officers:
Chair: Kathy Nelson
Vice Chair: Andy Aberle
Treasurer: Colleen Keller
Secretary: Julie Marshall
Others: Melody Marshall, Ardie Scott, Jean Tehle, Ray Pysarsky, Glen Hahne

Activities:
The society is a non-profit, privately funded corporation, administered by a 9-member elected board of directors. The society has nearly 400 members.
 • Operation of the Timber Lake & Area Museum
 • Many permanent exhibits at the new 9,000 square-foot museum building opened in 2001, including:

– Traditional Indian Clothing & Arts from the Cheyenne River & Standing Rock Indian Reservations
– Marine & Dinosaur Fossils
– Historical Photos
– Ever changing temporary exhibits

 • A gift & bookshop specializes in Frontier Life, Indian Culture and Local History
 • Historical programs, fossil field trips, and tours
 • A large collection of local photos, archives and genealogical material, at the new Historical Resource Center

Free admission, with Summer hours: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Monday – Friday, weekends by appointment
Fall and Winter hours vary, but always open by appointment


For More Information:
Timber Lake & Area Historical Society
PO Box 181
Timber Lake, SD 57656
(605) 865-3553, 865-3546, or 1-800-664-3546
timberlakemuseum@yahoo.com

Established:
1982

Meeting Schedule:
 • 3rd Thursday of each month, 7:00 p.m., at the society's museum or as announced

Web site:
www.timberlakehistory.org
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Union County Historical Society
Current Officers:
President: Sondra Stickney
Vice President: Gerald Flannery
Treasurer: Emma Ballinger
Secretary: Jo Anne Turner
Financial Secretary: Sherri McKee Kincaid
Curator: Fern Chicoine
Directors: Dan Lederman (Dist. 1), Roland Rosenbaum (Dist. 2), Ray LaFleur (Dist. 3), Dean Chadwell (Dist. 4), Roger Boldenow (Dist. 5), Kathy Noll (At Large)

Activities:
 • Special meeting during the Summer to visit a historical site in one of the towns of the County with the program on the history of the site selected
 • Spring Fling including a dinner and program, each year
 • Our recent programs have been provided by the South Dakota Arts Council


For More Information:
Union County Historical Society
PO Box 552
Elk Point, SD 57025-0552
(605) 356-3433 or 356-2507


Established:
November, 1988

Meeting Schedule:
 • 3rd Monday of each month, March through November
 • Board meets at 6:00 p.m. with the regular meeting and program beginning at 7:00 p.m.
 • Meetings are held at Museum in Elk Point
 • No meeting in December, January, and February


Web site:
www.acsnet.com/~jkjar
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Verendrye Museum, Inc.
Current 2013 Officers:
President: Darby Nutter
Vice President: Zay Norman
Treasurer: Connie Grittner
Secretary: John Duffy
Members: Joyce Larson, Karl Fischer, Brent Pries, Tom Bown, Bob Iverson

Activities:
 • Outstanding collection of Western, Native American and Homesteader artifacts
 • 1890 Stanley County Jail
 • Additional displays are at the Fort Pierre Log Cabin Information Center located at 4 E. Main Ave. in Fort Pierre
 • Returning the Fort Pierre Train Depot to Fort Pierre in Spring 2013
 • Sponsored the Historic Bad River Trail "Scotty Philip Memorial Ride" in 2011
 • Sponsored the Historic Fort Pierre to Deadwood Trailride in 2008
 • Sponsored the Fort Bennett to Fort Pierre: Casey Tibbs Memorial Trail Ride in 2009

For More Information:
Call Darby Nutter at (605) 222-6071
verendryemuseum@dakota2k.net

Established:
1968 by the Historical Society of Old Stanley County

Meeting Schedule:
Third Thursday of each month at the Log Cabin

Web site:
Currently in progress
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Wakpa Sica Historical Society
No Information Available.
West River History Conference, Inc.
No Information Available.
White Area Historical Society
Current Officers:
Chairman: Joann Murphy
Vice Chairman: Robert Schulz
Treasurer: Sheryl Brown
Secretary: Darlene Schulz

Activities:
 • Annual program at meeting
 • 125th Anniversary Celebration for White
 • Promotional items:

– John Greene prints
– Postcards
– Bottled water


For More Information:
White Area Historical Society
PO Box 27
White, SD 57276-0028


Established:
1983

Meeting Schedule:
 • 2nd Tuesday of April each year

Web site:
N/A
X

No Information Available.

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Yankton County Historical Society, Inc.
Current Officers:
President: Joan Neubauer
Vice President: Stan Hoffert
Treasurer: Tom Steinbach
Secretary: Jane Bobzin
Executive Director: Crystal Nelson

Activities:
 • Ownership and operation of the Dakota Territorial Museum, Yankton
 • The museum, built in 1971, houses memorabilia of early Yankton and Dakota Territory days, including Lakota Sioux Indian and pioneer artifacts.
 • Restoration and rehabilitation of the Mead Building on the HSC campus. This building will be the future Museum facility,

For More Information:
Yankton County Historical Society
610 Summit
Yankton, SD 57078
(605) 665-3898
info@dakotaterritorialmuseum.org


Established:
1970

Meeting Schedule:
Board meets monthly. Organization meets annually.

Websites:
www.dakotaterritorialmuseum.org
www.meadbuilding.org
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No Information Available.





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