Calendar

This online calendar of events emphasizes educational, archaeological, preservation, and history related programs throughout the year across South Dakota. Green entries denote activities at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre. Blue entries denote off-site activities sponsored by the SD State Historical Society and/or the Historical Society Foundation. If you would like to submit an event to be included on the calendar, please complete and submit the following form: Events form, PDF or Events form, Word.

July 2014

Event: Transformation and Continuity in Lakota Culture: the Collages of Arthur Amiotte Exhibit
Description:
The exhibit will feature 31 of Amiotte's original collages on loan from private collectors and museum collections throughout the United States. To present the full chronology of works begun in 1988, 26 actual-size, singular reproductions will represent originals not available for the exhibition. An accompanying exhibit catalog is being produced by the South Dakota State Historical Society's Research & Publishing office.
Location: Cultural Heritage Center, Hogen Gallery, 900 Governors Dr., Pierre
Time: Mon.-Sat. 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Sun. & Holidays* 1-4:30 p.m. CT
Admission:  Members free; Adults $4, Seniors $3, 17 & under free (Free to all on the 1st Sunday of every month)
Sponsor: South Dakota State Historical Society
Contact: 605-773-3458, web: history.sd.gov/Museum
* The Cultural Heritage Center is closed on New Year's Day, Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.

Event: South Dakota Environments: A Window to Past Times Exhibit
Description:
Visitors will explore the state as it looked in the Paleozoic, Mesozoic, Pleistocene and Holocene epochs and witness the animals found on the land. Animals ranging from a Tyrannosaurus Rex to a Short-Face Bear will be featured, along with a massive representation of a mammoth. The exhibit also demonstrates how, over time, the location of the land that became South Dakota has shifted along with what became the North American continent.
Location: Cultural Heritage Center, Observation Gallery, 900 Governors Dr., Pierre
Time: Mon.-Sat. 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Sun. & Holidays* 1-4:30 p.m. CT
Admission:  Members free; Adults $4, Seniors $3, 17 & under free (Free to all on the 1st Sunday of every month)
Sponsor: South Dakota State Historical Society
Contact: 605-773-3458, web: history.sd.gov/Museum
* The Cultural Heritage Center is closed on New Year's Day, Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.

Event: OPEN on Independence Day - The Museum of the SD State Historical Society
Description:
The Museum will be open on Independence Day, July 4. There is 15,000 square feet of exhibition space with exhibits divided into five galleries.
Location: 
Cultural Heritage Center, 900 Governors Dr., Pierre
Date/Time:
July 4, 2014; 1-4:30 p.m. CT
Admission: 
Adults - $4; Seniors (60+) - $3; 17 & under - Free
Sponsor:
South Dakota State Historical Society
Contact: 605-773-3458, web: history.sd.gov/Museum

Event: SD State Archives NOT OPEN due to holiday weekend
Date: July 5, 2014

Event: Archaeology Awareness Days at Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village
Description:
You & your family can participate in many hands-on events. Children have an opportunity to participate in a Kids Dig and make their own pottery vessel. There are Native technology demonstrations including flintnapping, pottery construction, Atlatl spear throwing, use of native plants, artifact displays, & tours of the Thomsen Center Archeodome & the Boehnen Museum.
Location: Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village, 3200 Indian Village Rd., Mitchell
Date/Time:
July 5 & 6, 2014; 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. CT
Admission:
Adults $6, Seniors $5, Students 6-18 $4, 5 & under Free
Sponsor:
Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village
Contact:
Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village, 605-996-5473, e-mail: info@mitchellindianvillage.org, web: www.mitchellindianvillage.org

Event: Free admittance to the Museum of the SD State Historical Society
Description:
Admittance to the museum is free the 1st Sunday of the month. The Museum has 15,000 square feet of exhibition space with exhibits divided into five galleries.
Location: 
Cultural Heritage Center, 900 Governors Dr., Pierre
Date/Time:
July 6, 2014; 1-4:30 p.m. CT
Admission: 
Free
Sponsor:
South Dakota State Historical Society
Contact: 605-773-3458, web: history.sd.gov/Museum

Event: Oahe Chapel Ecumenical Sunday Service, host: Dakota Association
Description: Hosted by various local churches, ecumenical services are held at the historic Oahe Chapel every Sunday from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend. The Oahe Chapel was established by Rev. Thomas L. Riggs, a Congregationalist minister, and his first wife, Cornelia Margaret “Nina” Foster, to serve as a mission to the Sioux Indians of central South Dakota. The chapel was originally located on the east bank of the Missouri River at Peoria Flats, roughly five miles upriver from its current location. It was moved to its current location in 1964 after construction of the Oahe Dam flooded the original site. The chapel is owned by the South Dakota State Historical Society and managed by the Oahe Chapel Preservation Society, which oversees its maintenance and preservation.
Location: The chapel is located adjacent to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Visitor Center, approximately five miles north of Pierre on SD Highway 1804.
Date/Time: July 6, 2014; 8 a.m. CT
Admission: Free; Open to the public
Sponsor: Oahe Chapel Preservation Society, Pierre-Ft. Pierre Ministerial Association
Contact: Cindy Snow, 605-773-2907, e-mail: cindy.snow@state.sd.us

Event: History & Heritage Book Club - Maggie: The Civil War Diary of Margaret Wylie Mellette edited by Joanita Kant
Description: Joanita Kant will portray Margaret Wylie Mellette, South Dakota’s first first lady. Kant has portrayed Mellette since and early 1990s and edited “Maggie: The Civil War Diary of Margaret Wylie Mellette” and co-edited The Civil War Diary of Arthur Calvin Mellette.” Both books are available at the Heritage Store at the Cultural Heritage Center. The program is made possible by the South Dakota Humanities Council, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. The History & Heritage Book Club is free and open to the public at any time. A monthly commitment is not required.
Location:  Cultural Heritage Center, 900 Governors Dr., Pierre
Date/Time: July 8, 2014; 7 p.m. CT
Admission: Free
Sponsor: South Dakota State Historical Society & South Dakota Historical Society Foundation
Contact: Dorinda Daniel 605-773-6006, e-mail: dorinda.daniel@state.sd.us
Additional Comments: The book club meets the 2nd Tuesday of every month at the Cultural Heritage Center. Occasionally the date, time, or location my change for a special program. All books are available for purchase at the Heritage Store located in the Cultural Heritage Center and at the Capitol. The History & Heritage Book Club is open to everyone. People who want to join the discussion by telephone are welcome to do so by making arrangements in advance with Dorinda (see above).

Event: Archaeology Family Field School
Description:
For students going into grades 8 – 12 for the 2014 – 2015 school year and their family members (family member must be over the age of 18). Participants will meet at the Historic Adams House each morning and travel to the site of a cabin built in 1876 where they will experience what it's like to work on a real archeology dig. Students do not need a family member registered to participate. Limited to 15 participants. Reservations required.
Location: 
Historic Adams House, 22 Van Buren St., Deadwood
Date/Time:
July 10-12, 2014; 8 a.m to 4 p.m. MT
Admission: 
$70 for Student non-members, $60 for Student members; $60 for Adult non-members, $50 for Adult members
Sponsor:
Adams Museum and Deadwood Historic Preservation Commission
Contact:
Chelsie Bauer, Museum Educator, 605-578-1657, e-mail: chelsie@theadamsdeadwood.org for information & reservations

Event: Oahe Chapel Ecumenical Sunday Service, host: 1st Congregational United Church of Christ
Description: Hosted by various local churches, ecumenical services are held at the historic Oahe Chapel every Sunday from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend. The Oahe Chapel was established by Rev. Thomas L. Riggs, a Congregationalist minister, and his first wife, Cornelia Margaret “Nina” Foster, to serve as a mission to the Sioux Indians of central South Dakota. The chapel was originally located on the east bank of the Missouri River at Peoria Flats, roughly five miles upriver from its current location. It was moved to its current location in 1964 after construction of the Oahe Dam flooded the original site. The chapel is owned by the South Dakota State Historical Society and managed by the Oahe Chapel Preservation Society, which oversees its maintenance and preservation.
Location: The chapel is located adjacent to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Visitor Center, approximately five miles north of Pierre on SD Highway 1804.
Date/Time: July 13, 2014; 8 a.m. CT
Admission: Free; Open to the public
Sponsor: Oahe Chapel Preservation Society, Pierre-Ft. Pierre Ministerial Association
Contact: Cindy Snow, 605-773-2907, e-mail: cindy.snow@state.sd.us

Event: Ice Cream Social at the Cultural Heritage Center
Description:
South Dakota State University Dairy Bar ice cream will be served, and visitors can enjoy free admission to the museum for all ages during this special event. On top of the free ice cream, museum staff members will provide visitors with insights into the two new exhibits that opened in April. The new exhibits are “Transformation and Continuity in Lakota Culture: The Collages of Arthur Amiotte, 1988-2014” and "South Dakota Environments: A Window to Past Times." While enjoying the event, visitors can also enjoy a birds-eye view of the scenic wonders of the state in “Over South Dakota,” a high-definition DVD produced by South Dakota Public Broadcasting. The video will be shown continuously in the Education Room during the event.
Location: Cultural Heritage Center, 900 Governors Dr., Pierre
Date/Time:
July 13 , 2014; 1:30-3:30 p.m. CT
Admission: 
Free, including free admission to the Museum
Sponsor:
South Dakota State Historical Society
Contact:
605-773-3458, web: history.sd.gov/Museum

Event: Archaeology Camp, Session One
Description:
For students going into grades 3 – 7 for the 2014 – 2015 school year. Participants will start at the Historic Adams House and conduct work on the site of a cabin built in 1876. Youth will learn about local flora and fauna along with how to work on a real archaeology dig. Students will learn basic archaeology skills. Youth will also receive lessons on orienteering and way finding. Students many attend only one session. Reservations required.
Location: 
Historic Adams House, 22 Van Buren St., Deadwood
Date/Time:
July 14-18, 2014; 8 a.m to 4 p.m. MT
Admission: 
$55 for non-members, $45 for members
Sponsor:
Adams Museum and Deadwood Historic Preservation Commission
Contact:
Chelsie Bauer, Museum Educator, 605-578-1657, e-mail: chelsie@theadamsdeadwood.org for information & reservations

Event: Forum 2014, Statewide Conference on Heritage Byways to the Past - National Alliance of Preservation Commissions 9th Biennial Conference
Description: Forum is the the only national conference dedicated to local preservation commissions and their issues. Forum will provide local preservation commission members, staff, elected officials, and others the best information and training possible. Whether you are a new or a seasoned practitioner of many years, from a tiny town or a big city, commission member or staff, Forum is one conference where you are sure to come away satisfied. The working roundtables, breakout sessions, workshops, tours, and network building you will find at Forum all come together to make it the best conference your commission could attend, and the most fun as well.
Location: University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
Conference Hotel: Sheraton University City

Date/Time: July 16-20, 2014
Registration: See website below
Sponsor: National Alliance of Preservation Commissions, National Park Service, National Trust for Historic Preservation, National Conference of State Historic Preservation Officers, Partners for Sacred Places, and many others
Contact: NAPC, 706-542-4731, e-mail: napc@uga.edu, web: napc.uga.edu/forum2014/
or pennbyways.com

Event: Oahe Chapel Ecumenical Sunday Service, host: New Life Assembly of God Church, Bloodwashed Band
Description: Hosted by various local churches, ecumenical services are held at the historic Oahe Chapel every Sunday from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend. The Oahe Chapel was established by Rev. Thomas L. Riggs, a Congregationalist minister, and his first wife, Cornelia Margaret “Nina” Foster, to serve as a mission to the Sioux Indians of central South Dakota. The chapel was originally located on the east bank of the Missouri River at Peoria Flats, roughly five miles upriver from its current location. It was moved to its current location in 1964 after construction of the Oahe Dam flooded the original site. The chapel is owned by the South Dakota State Historical Society and managed by the Oahe Chapel Preservation Society, which oversees its maintenance and preservation.
Location: The chapel is located adjacent to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Visitor Center, approximately five miles north of Pierre on SD Highway 1804.
Date/Time: July 20, 2014; 8 a.m. CT

Admission: Free; Open to the public
Sponsor: Oahe Chapel Preservation Society, Pierre-Ft. Pierre Ministerial Association
Contact: Cindy Snow, 605-773-2907, e-mail: cindy.snow@state.sd.us

Event: Oahe Chapel Pie Social
Description:
Join us for a good old-fashioned Pie & Ice Cream Social! There will be games and live music. The event is FREE, but freewill donations will be accepted.
Location: 
The chapel is located adjacent to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Visitor Center, approximately five miles north of Pierre on SD Highway 1804.
Date/Time:
July 20, 2014; 1:30-3:30 p.m. CT
Admission: 
Free; freewill donations will be graciously accepted
Sponsor:
Oahe Chapel Preservation Society
Contact:
605-773-3458

Event: Archaeology Camp, Session Two
Description:
For students going into grades 3 – 7 for the 2014 – 2015 school year. Participants will start at the Historic Adams House and conduct work on the site of a cabin built in 1876. Youth will learn about local flora and fauna along with how to work on a real archaeology dig. Students will learn basic archaeology skills. Youth will also receive lessons on orienteering and way finding. Students in this session may participate in the Days of '76 parade Chinese section. The second session students will not go to the site on Friday, July 25. Students many attend only one session. Reservations required.
Location: 
Historic Adams House, 22 Van Buren St., Deadwood
Date/Time:
July 21-25, 2014; 8 a.m to 4 p.m. MT
Admission: 
$55 for non-members, $45 for members
Sponsor:
Adams Museum and Deadwood Historic Preservation Commission
Contact:
Chelsie Bauer, Museum Educator, 605-578-1657, e-mail: chelsie@theadamsdeadwood.org for information & reservations

Event: South Dakota Historical Society Foundation Social & Fundraiser
Description:
The South Dakota Historical Society Foundation, which is the nonprofit fundraising partner of the South Dakota State Historical Society, will celebrate South Dakota’s 125th anniversary of statehood with a social in Sioux Falls. The event includes a silent auction, hors d’oeuvres and beverages. John Timm of Sioux Falls will be at the event portraying South Dakota’s first governor, Arthur Calvin Mellette. There will be a short program at 7 p.m. Please take this opportunity to talk to officials from the South Dakota Historical Society Foundation and the State Historical Society and to meet other members of the State Historical Society.
Location: 
Outdoor terrace (weather permitting) at Cherapa Place, 300 N. Cherapa Pl., Sioux Falls
Date/Time:
July 24, 2014; 6-8:30 p.m. CDT
Admission: Suggested $25 donation; RSVP to info@sdhsf.org or by calling (605) 773-6006 by July 18
Sponsor:
SD Historical Society Foundation, Koch Hazard Architects, The Risse Sherman Group at Morgan Stanley;and Marsh & McLennan Agency/Howalt + McDowell Insurance
Contact:
SDHS Foundation 605-773-6006

Event: Oahe Chapel Ecumenical Sunday Service, host: Trinity Episcopal Church
Description: Hosted by various local churches, ecumenical services are held at the historic Oahe Chapel every Sunday from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend. The Oahe Chapel was established by Rev. Thomas L. Riggs, a Congregationalist minister, and his first wife, Cornelia Margaret “Nina” Foster, to serve as a mission to the Sioux Indians of central South Dakota. The chapel was originally located on the east bank of the Missouri River at Peoria Flats, roughly five miles upriver from its current location. It was moved to its current location in 1964 after construction of the Oahe Dam flooded the original site. The chapel is owned by the South Dakota State Historical Society and managed by the Oahe Chapel Preservation Society, which oversees its maintenance and preservation.
Location: The chapel is located adjacent to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Visitor Center, approximately five miles north of Pierre on SD Highway 1804.
Date/Time: July 27, 2014; 8 a.m. CT
Admission: Free; Open to the public
Sponsor: Oahe Chapel Preservation Society, Pierre-Ft. Pierre Ministerial Association
Contact: Cindy Snow, 605-773-2907, e-mail: cindy.snow@state.sd.us

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