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Administration

 
Board of Trustees

The South Dakota State Historical Society is governed by a twelve-member board of trustees. Six members are appointed by the Governor of the State of South Dakota, and six members are elected by the Society membership. The board also serves as the state review board for historic preservation purposes and includes an archaeologist, an architect, an architectural historian, an archivist, and a historian.

John D. Fowler, Elk Point
Richard Harnois, Leola
Tom Hurlbert, Sioux Falls
Sean J. Flynn, Mitchell
Laurie Langland, Fulton
Jon Lauck, Sioux Falls
Peggy Sanders, Oral
Rolene Schliesman, Wilmot
Brad Tennant, President, Aberdeen
Tom Tobin, Winner
Francis Whitebird, St. Francis
David A. Wolff, Vice President, Spearfish
Jay D. Vogt (Director), Pierre

Meeting Schedule

July 13, 2018
10:00 a.m.
Cultural Heritage Center, Pierre, SD
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September 7, 2018
9:00 a.m.
Cultural Heritage Center, Pierre, SD

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December 7, 2018
8:45 a.m.
Cultural Heritage Center, Pierre, SD

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April 25, 2019
1:00 p.m.
Cultural Heritage Center, Pierre, SD

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July 12, 2019
10:00 a.m.
Cultural Heritage Center, Pierre, SD

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September 6, 2019
9:00 a.m.
Cultural Heritage Center, Pierre, SD

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Staff

Listed in alphabetical order.

 

Liz Almlie
Historic Preservation
(605)773-6056

Renee Boen
Archaeology
(605)394-1938

Lisa Bondy
SD Historical Society Foundation
(605)773-6298

Mike Burns
Research & Publishing
(605) 773-8380

Aidan Brady
Museum
(605)773-6935

Matt Busch
Archaeology
(605) 209-0368

Dan Byrne
Archaeology
(605)381-2928

Jenna Carlson Dietmeier
Historic Preservation
(605)773-8370

Sara Casper
State Archives
(605)773-3780

Holly Crosby
SD Historical Society Foundation
(605)773-6346

Dorinda Daniel
Administration
(605)773-6006

Cody Ewert
Research & Publishing
(605) 773-2904

Catherine Forsch
SD Historical Society Foundation
(605)773-6003

Michael Fosha
Archaeology
(605)209-3725

 Virginia M. Hanson
State Archives
(605)773-3616

Nicole Hosette
State Archives
(605)773-4369

Brian Huot
Archaeology
(605)394-1902  

Sarah Kirchman
State Archives
(605)773-2089

Peter Kleinpass
Museum
(605)773-4373

Nancy Tystad Koupal
Research and Publishing
(605)773-4371

Katie Lamie
Archaeology
(605)394-1804

Jeff Mammenga
Administration
(605)773-6000

Sofia Mattesini
Historic Preservation
(605)773-2906

Aaron Mayer
Archaeology
(605)209-1478

Steve Mayer
State Archives
(605)773-3277

Jennifer E. McIntyre
Research and Publishing
(605)773-8161

Chris Nelson
Historic Preservation
(605)773-3103

Kate Nelson
Historic Preservation
(605)773-6005

Jeanne Kilen Ode
Research and Publishing
(605)773-6008

Paige Olson
Historic Preservation
(605)773-6004

Holly Phillips
Archaeology
(605)394-6123

Michelle Prichard
Archaeology
(605)394-1936

Cherri Reed
State Archives
(605)773-2089

Matthew Reitzel
State Archives
(605)773-3615

Ronette Rumpca
Museum
(605)773-6011

Katy Schmidt
Museum
(605)773-6013

Jay Smith
Museum
(605)773-3798

Kimberly Smith
State Archives
(605)773-4233

Cindy Snow
Historic Preservation
(605)773-2907

Chelle Somsen
State Archives
(605)773-5521

Ted Spencer
Historic Preservation
(605)773-6296

Ken Stewart
State Archives
(605)773-3804

Caroline Uecker
Administration
(605)773-5344

Judy Uecker
Research and Publishing
(605)773-6009

Cassie Vogt
Archaeology
(605)209-1443

Jay D. Vogt
Director
(605)773-3458

Jane Watts
Archaeology
(605)394-1939

David Williams
Archaeology
(605)394-1942

Roger Williams
Archaeology
(605)381-6985

Logo


A masterpiece of Lakota sculpture, the Sioux Horse Effigy dance stick, ca. 1870, was probably carved to honor a wounded horse and is considered one of the greatest equine sculptures in the world. This singular piece of the museum's collection is incorporated into the Society's logo.

Carved out of wood, this 3-foot-long sculpture is enhanced by its real horsehair mane and tail. Leather reins and bridle exhibit care with which this sculpture was made. The horse is also riddled with holes, bullet wounds. Red paint, blood, seems to seep from these wounds, suggesting that it died in battle. Blood also runs from the horse's mouth in the form of red horsehair. Its ears are backward slanting, showing fear and pain. The horse's elongated body and forward leaping motion suggest a leap from life to death.

In 2014-15, the Horse Effigy traveled to museums in Paris, New York City and Kansas City with the exhibit entitled The Plains Indians: Artists of Earth and Sky.

 


 


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