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South Dakota Archives Month 2019

Celebrating 30 Years at the Cultural Heritage Center!

Archives Month is held each year in October to highlight the importance of our public historic records and to encourage access to our history through our state's archives, historical societies, libraries, county governments and other historical repositories. The month-long celebration coincides with the American Archives Month established by the Society of American Archivists.

Read a letter from the State Archivist here.


Help us promote Archives Month by printing and displaying this poster.

Download the Poster (PDF) - we recommend printing on 11 x 17 paper
Governor's Proclamation

Governor Noem has issued a proclamation declaring October 2019 to be Archives Month in South Dakota. Click the link below to see entire proclamation.

Governor's Proclamation (PDF)

Calendar of Events

To add an event to the calendar, contact us at (605) 773-3804 or

#AskAnArchivist Day

Wednesday, October 2nd
On Facebook and Twitter

On #AskAnArchivist Day, archivists from across the country will take to Twitter to answer all your burning questions. Use the hashtag #AskAnArchivist to join the conversation, or tweet your questions directly to us @SDArchives.

History Trivia Night

Thursday, October 3rd
7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
St. Charles Lounge
207 E. Capitol Ave.
Pierre, SD

We're bringing back this popular event for Archives Month! Join us for some fun South Dakota and general history trivia. Contestants will form teams of four, answer as many questions as they can correctly and the winning team gets a prize.

Archives Open for First Saturday

Saturday, October 5th
9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Cultural Heritage Center
900 Governors Dr.
Pierre, SD

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

Electronic Records Day

Thursday, October 10th

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.

Grant County Library Program - "Using Cemeteries and Related Records for Genealogy Research"

Thursday, October 17th
2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Grant County Public Library
207 E Park Ave.
Milbank, SD

Virginia Hanson from the South Dakota State Archives will present on the records connected to an ancestor's death and the life they created. Learn about coroners' records, wills and probate records, memorial cards, clues in photos, death notices and obituaries. We will also discuss finding the cause of death, transportation records, understanding the artwork on stones, and especially, how to find those stones.

Britton Public Library Genealogy Seminar - "Genealogy Adventures at the Library"

Friday, October 25th
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Britton Public Library
759 7th St.
Britton, SD

"Genealogy Adventures" will be presented by Virginia Hanson from the South Dakota State Archives. There is no cost to attend! Sign up by calling the Britton Public Library at 605-448-2800.

The program will show how to use library resources for starting your genealogy and make inroads on what is found. Attendees will learn about research using Ancestry Library and other resources provided through the South Dakota State Library. The public access computers will be available to those attending, however, individuals can bring their own laptops or tablets. Virginia Hanson will not only show how to find sources for information, but also how to gain the most possible information from those sources. This genealogy workshop is a perfect opportunity for those who have been gathering family information for years, or for those just beginning their search. Community members interested in preserving local family history are also encouraged to attend.

Escape the Archives!

Saturday, October 26th
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Call (605) 773-3804 to sign up for a 30-minute timeslot
Cultural Heritage Center
900 Governors Dr.
Pierre, SD

Gather your friends together and test your investigation skills with the State Archives' escape room. Your team will have 25 minutes to solve the puzzle.


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