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Deadwood Fund Grant October 1st Deadline

The South Dakota State Historical Society announces that the applications for the next round of the Deadwood Fund grant program should be postmarked no later than Oct. 1 for work beginning no sooner than Jan. 1, 2024. 

The program is designed to encourage large-scale restoration or rehabilitation of historic properties by individuals, organizations, or public agencies. Grants will be awarded in amounts ranging from $1,000 to $25,000. The grant amount must be matched on a dollar-for-dollar basis from nonfederal and non-state sources. Nonprofit organizations will be allowed to use in-kind services for one-half of their match.

For more information about the Deadwood Fund Grant and the Grant Application, please click here.



Submit Public Input on State Preservation Needs

The State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) is preparing its federal fiscal year 2024 grant application and invites public comment through November 1st, 2023 on the state's preservation needs and projects! The SHPO relates historic preservation to economic, social, and educational objectives. It surveys, inventories, and registers historical properties, and promotes public awareness and provides technical assistance on their preservation.

When submitting input, SHPO asks the public to consider the following questions: what properties or areas in South Dakota need to be inventoried, what properties should be considered for nomination to the National Register of Historic Places, what properties are at-risk or endangered, and/or what kinds of technical preservation assistance are beneficial?

Please fill out the below suggestion form and send it to the SHPO by November 1st! Directions and submission instructions are on the form. If you have any questions please call (605)773-3458 or email

Public Input Suggestion Form (pdf)

Public Input Suggestion Form (word)




After ten years at the South Dakota State Historical Society, Ted Spencer has retired! Ted was appointed by Governor Kristi Noem for his position as the State Historic Preservation Officer in December 2020. Before this appointment, he served as the Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer for eight years. Ted's last day was June 8th, he spent his last three days as a state employee serving as a Team Leader for Archaeology Camp. Congratulations Ted!

Jenna Carlson Dietmeier will be the Interim Historic Preservation Officer as well as continuing her role as the Review and Compliance Coordinator. Click here for contact information.










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