Archaeology & Historic Preservation Month

May 2014

"Revealing the Past"

Dell Rapids Granite Water Tower
Dell Rapids Granite Water Tower
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Governor Dennis Daugaard has proclaimed May as Archaeology & Historic Preservation Month in South Dakota. “South Dakota’s cultural heritage is rich and diverse as represented by thousands of archaeological and historical sites, historic buildings, and landscapes that have been discovered and recorded throughout our state. Public appreciation and understanding is the foundation of preserving South Dakota’s past for future generations,” Gov. Daugaard said in the proclamation.

This year’s theme, “Revealing the Past”, encourages South Dakotans to find history revealed in their local communities. Look for efforts that have been made to retain historic authenticity in local sites and to preserve their stories.

Celebrated in May, South Dakota's 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.

It is important to celebrate the role of history in our lives and the contributions made by dedicated individuals who preserve the tangible aspects of the heritage that shape us as South Dakotans. The protection and preservation of these sites, buildings, and landscapes provide educational, scientific, and economic benefits for all citizens.

To view past Historic Preservation Month posters, click on a year.
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