South Dakota Archives Month 2017

Governor's Proclamation declaring
October Archives Month in South Dakota

Archives Month 2017 Events 

History Trivia Night
October 3 / Tuesday
Back by popular demand, please join us once again for a fun night of South Dakota and general history trivia. Contestants will form teams of 4, answer as many questions as they can correctly and the winning team gets a prize.

St. Charles Lounge
207 E. Capitol Ave.
Pierre, SD
7:00 p.m.


Ask An Archivist Day
October 4 / Wednesday
On October 4, archivists around the country will take to Twitter using #AskAnArchivist to answer your questions about any and all things archives. This day-long event, sponsored by the Society of American Archivists, will give you the opportunity to connect directly with archivists in your community—and around the country—to ask questions, get information, or just satisfy your curiosity. To participate, tweet your questions to @SDArchives and include the hashtag #AskAnArchivist in your tweet.


First Saturday
October 7 / Saturday
The State Archives will be open to researchers the first Saturday in October.

Cultural Heritage Center
900 Governors Dr.
Pierre, SD
9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.


"Electronic Records Day 10/10 "
October 10 / Tuesday

October 10 is designated as "Electronic Records Day" by the Council of State Archivists. Electronic files are much more fragile than paper records, and their long-term survival requires special attention and planning. Traditional information sources such as books, photos and letters can easily survive for years, decades or even centuries but digital items require special care to keep them usable. Rapid technological changes also affect digital preservation. As new technologies appear, older ones become obsolete, making it difficult to access older content. "Electronic Records Day" reminds people of the extra steps needed to preserve digital collections.


OLLI - "Genealogy: Start Local, Go Global"
October 13 / Friday

Virginia Hanson is giving a genealogy class for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) in Chamberlain. The class will cover good, basic practices for recording your family history, finding information at and near home, and some of the most useful web resources available to genealogists. Wi-Fi is available, so bring your laptops or tablets. Visit the OLLI website to register for the class.

Chamberlain Community Center
112 N. Main St.
Chamberlain, SD
3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.


Sioux Valley Genealogical Society Classes
October 14 / Saturday

Virginia Hanson is giving two genealogy presentations sponsored by the Sioux Valley Genealogical Society. The first, "Digital Resources at the South Dakota State Archives," will cover some of the most useful web resources available to genealogists. The second, "Identifying Mystery Photos," will provide tips for dating photos and identifying people. Bring along a family photo to try to identify!

Siouxland Libraries (Room B)
200 N. Dakota Ave.
Sioux Falls, SD
9:00 a.m. - Noon


Scotty Philip Cemetery--Virtual Tour
October 21 / Saturday

Ken Stewart with the South Dakota State Archives will be giving a presentation on the Scotty Philip Cemetery at the Capitol Lake Visitors Center in Pierre. Ken will show a PowerPoint presentation with images from the cemetery while discussing some of the area's early residents buried there.

Capitol Lake Visitors Center
600 E. Capitol Ave.
Pierre, SD
2:00 p.m.


Murder at the State Archives
October 30 / Monday

Manuscript Archivist Matthew T. Reitzel, with research assistance from former archivist Carol Jennings, will offer a presentation on
collections from the State Archives manuscript, government, photograph, newspaper and library collections concerning historical
murders in South Dakota. The presentation will highlight the unique historical resources of the State Archives.

Capitol Lake Visitors Center
600 E. Capitol Ave.
Pierre, SD
7:00 p.m.


Native American Resources for Research at the State Archives
November 2 / Thursday

In honor of Native American Heritage Month, Virginia Hanson will present on the many resources available at the State Archives relating to Native Americans.

Cultural Heritage Center (Education Room)
900 Governors Dr.
Pierre, SD
7:00 p.m.