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"A Life's Work: Paul Goble Illustrations of American Indian Stories" exhibit to open April 4 at Cultural Heritage Center
Paul Goble Illustrations of American Indian Stories


Using artwork that relates to the more than 40 children's books written and illustrated by Goble throughout his lifetime, the exhibition opens in the museum's Hogen Gallery on Tuesday, April 4, and runs through Sept. 24.

Born in England, throughout his life Goble steeped himself in nature. He moved to the Black Hills where he honed his craft among the pine trees and mountains for more than 40 years


Known internationally for his award-winning children's books, Goble received the Caldecott Medal for "The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses" in 1979. Goble began his career in design, crafting furniture that was produced throughout the United Kingdom. This early work foreshadowed his use of clean, crisp lines in his later illustrations depicting the natural world and American Indian themes.

Thirty illustrations from various points of Goble's career are contained in the traveling exhibit. These works of art and others, as well as his process and life are the subject of the biography "Paul Goble, Storyteller" that came out in January 2017. Published by the South Dakota Historical Society Press, the book is written by Gregory Bryan, a professor of education at the University of Manitoba who specializes in literacy education and children's literature. "Paul Goble, Storyteller" is available for purchase at both Heritage Stores, located at the Cultural Heritage Center and the State Capitol.

The South Dakota Experience Galleries

Oyate Tawicoh'an [O-ya-ta Ta-wi-cho-han]
The Ways of the People

In the language of the Oceti Sakowin, the nation some call the Sioux, Oyate Tawicoh'an means The Ways of the People. Learn about the history, values and beliefs of the Dakota, Nakota, and Lakota.

View a slideshow of highlights from Oyate Tawicoh'an

Proving Up

Proving Up explores the state's history from the placing of the Verendrye Plate in 1743 to the final fight for the state capital in 1904. Share the adventures of explorers, trappers, settlers, miners, and statesmen that established South Dakota.

View a slideshow of highlights from Proving Up


Changing Times - South Dakota in the 20th Century


Examine the changes and challenges South Dakotans experienced during the 20th century. The state flourished when rail lines and automobiles rolled in and struggled when the Depression hit. Throughout the 1900's some settlers left, but most dug, rooted in this place, and grew to love it.

View a slideshow of highlights from Changing Times


Observation Gallery


Upstairs from the main gallery our Observation Gallery features a fantastic view of the State Capitol Building and the Missouri River bluffs.


Building South Dakota" is now open! Visitors follow a highway painted on the floor up the stairs to the exhibit. Large images tell the story of South Dakota's building evolution. Visitors of all ages can put together their own city or farm using hands-on activity tables. The view out the Observation Gallery windows is incorporated into the exhibit with explanation panels talking about the state capitol building and identifying visible Pierre and Fort Pierre structures. This exhibition will be on display in the Observation Gallery through 2018.



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