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Archaeology & Historic Preservation Month
May 2018 

Poster for SD Archaeology & Historic Preservation Month, May 2018 - "This Place Matters," photo of Abbey of the Hills Inn & Retreat Center near Marvin, SD
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South Dakota's Historic Preservation Month has been observed since it was established at the national level in May 1973. In 2005 the state added archaeology to the celebration to recognize it as a partner in preserving history.  Our state'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 the state. Public appreciation and understanding is the foundation of protecting and preserving South Dakota's past for future generations.


This Place Matters is a national campaign that encourages people to celebrate the places that are meaningful to them and to their communities, and national Preservation Month is the perfect time to share it with the world.  The South Dakota State Historic Preservation Office is offering two ways for the public to share their This Place Matters stories.

Student Essay Contest

Click here to find out the winners and to read their essays.

We are sponsoring a 4th grade student essay contest. This competition proposes to enable students to achieve a better appreciation of their historic resources, the stories they tell, and why they should be preserved.  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.  It does not need to be a historic site and writing a history of the location is not necessary.

Entries must be submitted no later than Friday, April 20, 2018.  All the necessary forms may be found by clicking on the following links.
Essay Contest Announcement Flyer 
Essay Contest Guidelines
Essay Contest Entry Form

Share your photos & stories with us!

Please tell us what places matter to you and why?  We encourage you to email to us at a photo, the name of the location in the photo, and why it matters to you. We will post them on our Facebook and Instagram pages throughout May with the hashtag #ThisPlaceMatters.  

 copy of the 2018 South Dakota Archaeology & Historic Preservation Month Executive Proclamation
   2018 Archaeology & Historic Preservation Month Executive Proclamation
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