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Archaeology & Historic Preservation Month: May 2023

Celebrated each May, South Dakota 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!


Student Essay Contest 2023: "This Place Matters"


This competition proposes to enable students to achieve a better appreciation of South Dakota's history and historic resources, the stories they tell, and why they should be preserved for future generations. With the theme of "This Place Matters," students are asked to write an essay about any South Dakota location that is at least 50 years old, why it is a favorite place for them, and why it should be preserved. The contest is open to any 4th grade student in South Dakota, whether they be in public school, private school, or home schooled. 

Entries will be judged on quality of writing, content and theme, and originality. Cash prizes as well as a one year family membership to the South Dakota State Historical Society will be awarded for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners. Entries must be postmarked no later than March 17th, 2023. Winners will be notified on or before April 14th, 2023.

Please be sure to thouroughly read through the Guidelines before filling out the Entry Form. Questions or conerncs can be sent to Katie Gos at (605)773-2907 or


Click here for the Essay Contest Flyer.

Click here for the Essay Contest Guidelines.

Click here for the Essay Contest Entry Form.


Click here to read the 2022 winning essays.

2022 Archaeology & Historic Preservation Month Executive Proclamation


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