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Electronic Review & Compliance (ERC) System 

The South Dakota Office of the State Historic Presrvation Officer (SHPO) is pleased to announce that, starting April 27, 2022, all government agencies, their delegated authorities, and appropriate applicants can use the new ERC System to submit project information to SHPO for comments and consultation under federal (National Historic Preservation Act of 1966) and state (South Dakota Codified Law 1-19A-11.1) preservation laws.

The ERC system is part of the State of South Dakota's new Citizen Portal found online at then by searching 'ERC' in the search bar. More information and instructions to access ERC can be found on this information sheet: ERC Access Instructions.  



Archaeology & Historic Preservation Month May 2022

"Looking Local, History Where You Are"


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.

The 2022 theme for the month is 'Looking Local , History Where You Are.' This theme was chosen to encourage South Dakotans to seek out and learn about history in their local areas.


The South Dakota State Historical Society would like to know what your favorite South Dakota historic site is. We will share your responses on the Society's Historic Preservation Facebook page. You may send us an e-mail to, or tag us on your own Facebook post using @southdakotashpo. We look forward to receiving your comments!





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