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The South Dakota State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) works to advocate for the preservation of historic properties and archaeological sites across South Dakota through providing access to funding opportunities, education, consultation, research, and promotion of heritage tourism. SHPO also manages the National Register of Historic Places program in South Dakota and reviews federal, state, and local government activities to understand their affects on cultural and historic resources. Below you will find SHPO's most recent news and deadlines, as well as a more comprehensive list on what the office works on. For any questions, comments, or concerns, please click the contact page and reach out!





  • The Oahe Chapel Preservation Society is hosting their annual Pizza Fundraiser on February 21st from 5pm to 8pm! A portion of the proceeds during this time from any dine-in, carry-out or delivery will go towards the continued preservation efforts of the historic Oahe Chapel! We hope to see you there!
  • Our annual 4th Grade Student Essay Contest is now open for entries! As always, the theme this year is "This Place Matters" and students who enter 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 for future generations. Entries must be postmarked no later than the deadline of Friday, March 15th and winners will be notified on or before April 15th. For more information, entry guidelines, entry form, and contest flyer, please follow this page. We can't wait to read all the wonderful essays!
  • Archaeology Camp 2024 has been confirmed for June 4th through 6th! More information and how to register can be found on our Archaeology Camp Page. We are looking forward to another fun camp this summer!



The South Dakota State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) manages a wide range of Historic Preservation matters throughout the state of South Dakota.  Some of the tasks our office performs include:

  • - Surveying and maintaining inventories of historic properties throughout the state. Take a look at our CRGRID for surveyed architectural properties in the state.
  • - Nominating eligible properties to the State and National Register of Historic Places.
  • - Providing public information, education, training, and technical assistance relating to historic preservation. Our 'Documents and Forms' page has a wide variety of materials regarding the different type of properties in South Dakota.
  • - Working with local governments across the state in creating local historic preservation programs and Certified Local Governments.
  • - Administering grant and tax incentive funding programs to assist in the stabilization, rehabilitation, and restoration of historic properties. These programs include the Deadwood Fund Grant, the State Property Tax Moratorium, and the Federal Tax Incentive. 
  • - Administering a state historical marker program.  A current list of historical markers can be found here.
  • - Working with federal and state agencies and local governments in carrying out their historic preservation responsibilities, especially on projects that might affect historic properties, under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, as amended, and SDCL 1-19A-11.1.
  • - Hosting an archaeology camp with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers that teaches students about the field of archaeology, why archaeological digs are done, and what we can learn from the artifacts found. 
  • - Administering a Student Essay Contest open to all 4th grade students in South Dakota. The topic for the essay contest is 'This Place Matters' where students write about a place in South Dakota that's at least 50 years old and explains us why that place matters to them.




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