2017 SDHC Program Catalog

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Race and Civility Conversations in South Dakota ‘In Black Elk’s words, before the hoop of the Sioux Nation was broken by those who destroyed the old ways of life, the Indian honored the family; and the extended family...was one closely knit whole.’ - From SDHC Founder Jack Marken’s note in the 1972 proposal to NEH to establish the statewide humanities organization.

2017 PROGRAM CATALOG


About the SDHC The South Dakota Humanities Council (SDHC), founded in 1972 in response to an act of Congress, is a 501(c)3 non-profit and the only cultural organization in the state whose sole mission is to deliver humanities programming to the people of South Dakota. As a statewide advocate for the humanities, our mission is to celebrate literature, promote civil conversation, and tell the stories that define our state. We fulfill our mission by supporting and promoting public programming in the humanities like the Speakers Bureau; providing grant funding for community programs and research and discussion projects in our grants program; and hosting reading and literary programs like the annual Festival of Books,Young Readers Initiative and One Book South Dakota.

Help Us Build Cultural Capital The future of our youth and a vibrant culture is in your hands. 1. SD Festival of Books & Young Readers Festival (Annual Fund) Your gift supports South Dakota’s premiere literary event reaching readers of all ages.

2. NEH Young Readers Challenge Grant (Funding for Three Years) We earned an NEH grant which will match, 1-to-1, funds received up to $100,000. We are actively seeking donations for the first phase of securing $50,000 by a May 1, 2017, deadline. We will use the $200,000 to fund our Young Readers Initiative for three years.

3. Unrestricted Gift (Annual Fund) You can help where we need it most. An unrestricted gift can be used towards operations expenses, special initiatives, or prioritized to our most immediate needs.

4. Sioux Falls Area Community Foundation (Endowment) Support the SDHC Arts Endowment Challenge through the Sioux Falls Area Community Foundation. Your dollars will be matched $1 for every $3 raised up to $150,000.

5. South Dakota Community Foundation (Endowment) Invest in the SDHC fund. SDCF has renewed their investment in SDHC through a challenge grant, matching $1 for every $4 up to $80,000. 1215 Trail Ridge Road, Suite A Brookings SD 57006

SDHC Staff Sherry DeBoer, executive director Jennifer Widman, director of the South Dakota Center for the Book Kyle Schaefer, program and development officer Carolyn Marshall-Speakman, office manager Deb Delaney, staff assistant

6. Black Hills Area Community Foundation (Endowment) Keep programming permanent in the Hills through a gift to the SDHC fund.

7. Estate Planning Remember SDHC in your will or estate planning. Matured stocks, life insurance policies, and IRA rollovers can easily be processed by our community foundation partners or by SDHC. Your gift could provide you with high-impact tax benefits.

Your Gift is Crucial! Matching efforts are time sensitive. Meeting our deadlines will provide an extra $73,150 for SDHC endowed funds held at community foundations and $100,000 for annual young readers programming. Your gift ensures we receive every dollar.


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Welcome From the director

S Sherry DeBoer, Executive Director

Cover photo: Photographer Jeanne Apelseth of SunChaser Fine Art and Photography captured the dedication on September 10, 2016 of the “Dignity” sculpture of a Native American woman wrapped in a star quilt created by Sturgis artist Dale Lamphere. Lamphere said the nearly 50-foot high statue “represents the pride and strength and durability of the native cultures here.”

Table of Contents Welcome...................................................1 Community Projects...........................2 Race and Civility....................................3 One Stop Programs............................4 New in 2017...........................................5 How to Apply.........................................6 Scholar Directory......................... 7-19 2017 Festival, One Book...............20

Annual Report 2016 Outreach...................................22 2016 Festival Review.......................23 NEH Review.......................................24 2016 Fundraising...............................25 Donors............................................26-28

DHC’s 2017 “Race & Civility” initiative and catalog cover would resonate with our organization’s early leaders and first theme, “Indian and Non-Indian: Cultural Contributions for a Better South Dakota.” Founder Jack Marken wrote “Knowing that the past is prologue, we can see that the theme looks both ways.” In a proposal note, he summarized aspects of indigenous and early history, writing, “this statement from 1936 is pertinent in 1972 (SDHC’s permanent organization date). And should I add, 1992?” the year he wrote the SDHC history. I will add 2017, as we celebrate our 45th anniversary.

In 2016 SDHC celebrated excellence through book festival readings, food demonstrations, beer tastings and literary exhibits. Cultural partnerships brought 13 Pulitzer prize winners in letters, journalism and composition to the state to explore civil unrest, the sounds of the ocean, and the costs of war. SDHC quenched cultural thirst, reaching 47,299 people in 72 communities. More than 5,000 third graders met the author of the free book they received. Looking forward, more than 50 libraries will host the exhibit “Amending America,” celebrating the 225th Anniversary of the Bill of Rights. We’ll use cultural partnerships to offer an all-inclusive opportunity to discuss civility and learn about Black Elk’s spiritual connection to the center of the world, the recently-renamed Black Elk Peak. We will look to “Dignity,” the recently dedicated sculpture by state artist laureate Dale Lamphere, as an icon for reconciliation and the power of the humanities to frame and value multiple viewpoints. Please join the conversation and invest in building cultural capital.

From the board chair

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he South Dakota Humanities Council consists of a diverse and dedicated group of individuals who donate their time and talents to the mission of providing humanities programs and events to the people of South Dakota. Guiding the Council’s work is our core mission of celebrating literature, promoting civil conversation and Judith telling the stories that define our state. The Council Meierhenry, funds and delivers programs to every area of South Board Chair Dakota. Even though South Dakota is sparsely populated and geographically divided, it is a state where people remain connected to each other. Our programs are meant to enhance those connections. Our programs prompt us to explore and appreciate our differences, but also to recognize and focus on our shared experiences and aspirations. Seeing the excitement and joy in a child’s face as she tells of meeting the author of her favorite book, or listening to a veteran tell of the impact of war on his life, or sharing our love of literature with authors and friends reminds us of the significant role that the humanities play in our lives. With our many partners, and leadership from our excellent staff, we look forward to another successful year.


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Community Projects: How to Join the Conversation

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he South Dakota Humanities Council awards grants to non-profit organizations in South Dakota through community project grants, which can provide up to $7,000 for humanities-related projects and events. Review grant guidelines and information and apply online at sdhumanities.org. Direct questions to grants@sdhumanities.org or (605) 688-6113. Guidelines are subject to change; visit the website to stay apprised. Our grants allow you to provide vital cultural programming for your community. They are available for discussion (up to $7,000) and research projects (up to $2,500). Major grants support miscellaneous expenses such as bussing costs for student cultural trips, scholar appearances at community conversation events, documentary films, and educational programs.

Discussion (up to $7,000) Apply for a grant to fund conferences, lectures, presentations, festivals, and symposiums that engage people in humanities discussion. Programs must examine the topic from the view and perspective of the humanities and use various forms of media to advance that effort.

Research (up to $2,500) Apply for a grant to support your scholarly research in

SDHC scholar Arch Ellwein presents a program about Theodore Roosevelt’s life at the Homestake Adams Research and Cultural Center (HARCC).

the humanities. Improve your chances by choosing a topic relevant to South Dakota culture and heritage. Include a plan in your application for a minimum of three public presentations of your research.

Grant Deadlines $1,000 and less - rolling deadline, FY (Nov. 1-Oct. 31) as funding allows $1,001 to $7,000 - Feb. 28 and Oct. 15, annually

Black Elk, Heháka Sápa, Atop Black Elk Peak The drawing to the left by Standing Bear depicts Black Elk, Heháka Sápa, atop Black Elk Peak (formerly Harney Peak) in the Black Hills. Black Elk’s warrior regalia, the adornments of his bay horse, and the elements of his surroundings, such as the sacred flowering tree, are all details of his great vision. Based on that vision, the Lakota consider Black Elk Peak the axis of the four directions and the center of the world. Neihardt, John G. (1881-1973), Papers, c. 1858-1974, C3716, f. 248 #06, The State Historical Society of Missouri, Manuscript Collection. Drawing used with permission of the John G. Neihardt Trust. Text based on Black Elk Speaks: The Complete Edition by John G. Neihardt, used with permission of the University of Nebraska Press. Copyright 2014 by the Board of Regents of the University of Nebraska.

The book Black Elk Speaks by John G. Neihardt is available as a reading and discussion program from the SDHC. See page 5 for more details. Using this text to educate the community on why Black Elk was chosen as the new namesake for Harney Peak is a good example of how to fill a community need with an SDHC grant.


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Race and Civility Initiative Working Toward Peace

Application Info Who: Organizations that are interested in promoting conversations about Race and Civility in South Dakota. We encourage first-time applicants and applications involving multiple organizations.

What: NEH and SDHC are providing $15,000 to create a special enhancement fund for projects dealing with Race & Civility. Proposals addressing Race & Civility may exceed the $7,000 maximum for typical SDHC requests.

When: The due date for major grants (more than $1,000) is Feb. 28 for programs after May 1. This deadline applies to grants related to the Race and Civility Initiative.

In collaboration with the National Endowment for the Humanities Grant Program “Humanities and the Legacy of Race and Ethnicity in the United States,” we will accept proposals aimed at promoting conversations on Race and Civility in South Dakota. The NEH Humanities and the Legacy of Race and Ethnicity in the U.S. initiative supports public programming that addresses “persistent social, economic, cultural, and racial issues that divide our communities.”

‘In the wake of recent events in Dallas, Baton Rouge, and Minneapolis, people across the country are calling for more vigorous and consequential public discussion of the persistent social, economic, cultural, and racial issues that divide our communities.’

We encourage proposals that promote humanities discussions on Race and Civility and will give special consideration to organizations -NEH Chairman applying for projects that Adams highlight the role of such conversations in South Dakota. Proposals will be evaluated on a case by case basis.

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Programs must take place in South Dakota, but your organization does not have be in South Dakota.

As with all grant funded projects through the South Dakota Humanities Council, programs should be informed by humanities materials and scholarship. Projects may not advocate for a specific political view or agenda and the conversations should actively engage South Dakotans in sharing ideas and information. Many Festival of Books authors will also explore the theme of Race and Civility, including Philip Deloria and Virginia Driving Hawk Sneve.

How:

Full grant guidelines are available at: http://www.sdhumanities.org/ participate/grants/

Where:

Contact SDHC Program and Development Officer Kyle Schaefer at kyle@sdhumanities.org or 605-6886113 to talk about potential programs and proposals, or apply online at www. sdhumanities.org

Program Ideas • Facilitated conversations on relations between police departments and communities; immigration and the changing workforce in South Dakota; relations and history of the state or communities and American Indians • A book discussion based on a text that examines race relations, economic issues, or cultural divides

In this photo by Jeanne Apelseth of SunChaser Fine Art and Photography, SDHC Speakers’ Bureau member Belinda Joe speaks at the September 10, 2016, dedication of the “Dignity” sculpture created by Sturgis artist Dale Lamphere. Several native youth also sang and danced as part of the dedication ceremony, and various dignitaries spoke at the gathering.


5 | One Stop Programs South Dakota Humanities Council

Host a One Stop Program We offer three One Stop Programs (previously known as Quick Grants) to help your group host humanities programming and events. The programs, which are especially helpful in communities with limited funding, encourage thoughtful community conversations and reading. You can host SDHC scholars and reading programs specific to your community’s needs and interests. As the host, you handle on-site logistics and local promotion while we pay scholars. Applications are $50 per scholar.

One Book South Dakota Host a One Book South Dakota discussion, featuring the One Book South Dakota selection and a scholar to lead your group’s discussion (listed starting on page 6). The 2017 selection is Kitchens of the Great Midwest by J. Ryan Stradal, a 2016 Festival author. See page 20 for more information on this year’s selection. Stradal will appear at the 2017 Festival of Books and throughout SD during his One Book SD Tour.

Reading Group Toolkit Expand your reading group with one of more than 60 selections from the SDHC Lending Library. The program includes an SDHC scholar to lead your group’s discussion. Scholars available to lead

book discussions are listed starting on page 6.

Speakers Bureau Invite a scholar to present on topics for all ages and backgrounds. Find information about applications and the speakers on page 6. SDHC supports nearly 150 Speakers Bureau events annually across a range of humanities-related subjects. You can bring humanities programs to your community up to three times a year on topics such as: ∙∙ American Indian history, traditions culture and society ∙∙ General arts and humanities ∙∙ Chautauqua ∙∙ Creativity ∙∙ Famous South Dakotans ∙∙ Film ∙∙ General history ∙∙ South Dakota history ∙∙ Humor ∙∙ Politics ∙∙ Immigration ∙∙ Nature and the environment ∙∙ Sports history ∙∙ War ∙∙ World cultures ∙∙ Writing – prose, poetry and journaling All speakers offer at least one specialized program, and many speakers offer several programs. Some speakers explore South Dakota and Northern Plains experiences, while others delve into greater themes of society and the human experience.

2017 One Book South Dakota Kitchens of the Great Midwest and 2017 Young Readers One Book Tales from Deckawoo Drive.

Eligibility & Requirements All non-profit organizations are eligible. Your organization does not have to be located in South Dakota, but the program must take place here and be open to the public. Typical applicants include libraries, museums, historical sites, historical societies, parks, tribal entities, K-12 schools, colleges and universities, as well as community centers and agencies that are open to the public. Depending on funds available, your group may apply for an unlimited number of reading programs each year. Apply online at www.sdhumanities.org

Program Tips Host a minimum of 15 people and provide a space with comfortable accommodations. Allow approximately 45 minutes plus Q&A.


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New in 2017: Bill of Rights, Black Elk Reading Groups

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e are pleased to offer the National Archives exhibit “The Bill of Rights and You” this year in collaboration with the Federation of State Councils.

through early spring.

Spotlighting one of the most remarkable periods in American history, the exhibit contains simple messages conveying the importance of the Bill of Rights, its history and implementation, and its impact today.

SDHC Bill of Rights Scholars ∙∙ Brad Tennant, Aberdeen ∙∙ Rocky Dailey, Brookings ∙∙ Robert Burns, Brookings ∙∙ John Miller, Brookings ∙∙ Roderick Brown, Mitchell ∙∙ Lawrence Diggs, Roslyn ∙∙ Arch Ellwein, Sidney, MT ∙∙ Timothy Fountain, Sioux Falls ∙∙ Frank Pommersheim, Vermillion ∙∙ Lana Dannenbring Eichstadt, Wessington

Through a partnership with SD State Library, “The Bill of Rights and You” will be displayed at more than 50 South Dakota libraries

SDHC employees set up the Bill of Rights display.

Visit an exhibit and invite an SDHC Scholar to discuss the Bill of Rights in your community.

Communities Hosting a Bill of Rights Exhibit

For specific venue information, please call 605-688-6113 or email info@sdhumanities.org.

Aberdeen Baltic Belle Fourche Beresford Bison Box Elder

Brandon Brookings Castlewood Colton Corsica Dell Rapids

Faith Faulkton Flandreau Gettysburg Lake Preston Lemmon

Lennox McLaughlin Menno Milbank Mitchell Mount Vernon

Newell North Sioux City Onida Pierre Presho

Black Elk Speaks

Featured Reading Group Selection Learn about Black Elk, whose legacy was recently honored with the renaming of Harney Peak to “Black Elk Peak.” Black Elk Speaks, the story of the Oglala Lakota visionary and healer Nicholas Black Elk (1863–1950) and his people during the momentous twilight years of the nineteenth century, offers readers much more than a precious glimpse of a vanished time. Black Elk’s searing visions of the unity of humanity and Earth, conveyed by John G. Neihardt, have made this book a classic that crosses multiple genres. Whether appreciated as the poignant tale of a Lakota life, as a history of a Native nation, or as an enduring spiritual testament, Black Elk Speaks is unforgettable. Gather a group and discuss Black Elk - learn more about the new namesake of the tallest peak in our state. Multiple copies of Black Elk Speaks are available from the SDHC, along with a scholar, for a $50 fee. See next page for details on how to apply for our Lending Library.

Rapid City Redfield Scotland Sioux Falls Sisseton Spearfish

Sturgis Tea Vermillion Wakpala White Lake White River

Wilmot Yankton


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2017 Scholar Director y SDHC scholars are available for Chautauqua and other presentations. They can also lead book discussions at community-based events and for a variety of organizations. Only one program has been listed for each Speakers’ Bureau scholar for space reasons. See all scholar programs and a full index at www. sdhumanities.org.

OB = One Book South Dakota RC = Race & Civility RGT = Reading Group Toolkit SB = Speakers Bureau SB* = Speakers Bureau Chautauqua BR = Bill of Rights

Apply to Host a Program Contact the presenter(s) to confirm availability and program for your event. At least four to six weeks before your program, file an online application at sdhumanities.org. Select One Stop Programs to find the online application. 1. Submit your application to the SDHC with the $50 fee. 2. The coordinator and scholar(s) will receive follow-up information from the SDHC office. 3. Promote your event! Be sure to acknowledge the SDHC and NEH in your promotions. 4. Host your event! Be sure to welcome your scholar and thank the SDHC for program support. 5. Complete the evaluation and submit to the SDHC office within two weeks of your event.

Remember ... We pay speakers after we receive your program evaluation. We can help you promote your event. Contact us for logos and other tips, which are available as online resources. Host your event in an accessible venue to comfortably host a minimum of 35 people. Allow time for questions and answers after the scholar’s presentation or reading discussion. You can apply for up to three Speakers Bureau or reading discussion programs per fiscal year (Nov. 1 through Oct. 31).

Reading Group Toolkit Suggestions for 2017 We have titles on Race & Civility, all past One Book South Dakota selections, selections for young readers and a rich collection of books on South Dakota history and culture, including the South Dakota Humanities Council’s own “South Dakota Stories” collection.

Race & Civility: Black Elk Speaks by John G. Neihardt is the story of Oglala Lakota visionary and healer Nicholas Black Elk (1863-1950) and his people during the momentous twilight years of the nineteenth century. This Complete Edition includes a foreword by Vine Deloria and an introduction by Philip Deloria.

The House of Wisdom by Jimal-Khalili discusses how the best libraries in Europe held several dozen books while Baghdad's great library, The House of Wisdom, housed 400,000.

Young Readers: Black Elk’s Vision by S.D. Nelson tells the story of Black Elk “who clung to his childhood visions that planted the seeds to help his people -- and all people -- understand their place in the circle of life.” The Raccoon and the Bee Tree by Charles A. Eastman and Elaine Goodale Eastman combines an old American Indian tale with a traditional European fable.


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Barari, Molly

Senior Creative Writing Teacher, Freelance Writer www.thown.biz/-marketing-pr/ 4349 Red Cliff Ter, Rapid City, SD 57702 mollybarari@gmail.com, 308-440-0047 OB, RGT, SB Thus Far: Creative Life Writing Workshops for Seniors Barari offers lessons on writing, to include optional workshops on obituary writing.

Benton Lee, MaryJo

Adjunct Asst. Prof, Dept. of Sociology and Rural Studies 1124 Fourth St, Brookings, SD 57006 mjblee@mchsi.com, 605-692-8252 SB Ethnicity & Empowerment: What Minority Education in China Can Teach Us About Minority Education in the U.S. Lee, who has written a book about minority education in Southwest China and a book about Native American education in the Midwest, compares and contrasts schooling in two cultures.

Boyd, Verna Kay

Teacher 25627 484th Ave, Garretson, SD 57030 omahashewolf@hotmail.com, 605-594-6731 SB Journey Into The Past Boyd introduces audiences to the American Indian people Omaha, Ponca, Ioway - and their way of life in southeastern South Dakota. Artifacts, sample trade items, replicas of a dog travois, tools and pottery are discussed and exhibited.

Brown, Roderick

Museum Manager 1300 McGovern Ave PO Box 1071, Mitchell, SD 57301 robrown@dwu.edu, 605-996-2122 BR, RC, SB Discovering Dakota: A Look at the People of this Land Through Art & Artifact Everyone came from somewhere, and everyone has a story worthy of telling and worthy of hearing. This presentation, adaptable to various ages and interest groups, uses art and artifact to tell the stories of the people of this region.

Burns, Robert

Distinguished Prof of Political Science Emeritus 1336 Trail Ridge Cir, Brookings, SD 57006 robert.burns@sdstate.edu, 605-691-3095 BR US Bill of Rights Burns looks at the framers’ motivation in proposing the Bill of Rights, its substantive and procedural guarantees, and the 10th Amendment and American Federalism. He presents

SDHC scholars present writing workshops, Chautauqua performances and more.

specialized programs on the First Amendment’s freedoms of expression and religion and on the Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, and Eighth Amendments’ focus on rights of the accused. Burns also explores the application of individual guarantees to the states through the judicial selective incorporation process.

Aronson, Dr. Marilyn Carlson

29615 469th Ave, Beresford, SD 57004 mcarlson@iw.net, 605-957-4371 OB, RGT, SB World War II Comes to South Dakota—Preserving the Story This presentation explores harsh lessons taught by war; the work of the South Dakota National Guard in calling active and inactive members into active service; the hurried mobilization which affected area families, farms, schools, universities, towns, and cities dramatically; the involvement of South Dakotans in the war effort; and stories of the state’s fearless pilots, soldiers and more.

Catches the Enemy, Patricia

Retired 1008 S Hwy 87 Box 1847, Pine Ridge, SD 57770 mell8@goldenwest.net, 605-867-1282 SB Life in the 40s Catches the Enemy discusses boarding school days on the reservation.

Cramer, Marian

Independent Scholar 42936 196th St, Bryant, SD 57213 mariancramer@yahoo.com, 605-625-5865 OB, SB* An Hour with Laura Cramer’s Chautauqua presentations include three options: “Laura Teaches School,” “Tablet and Pencil” (Laura teaching a group how Laura wrote her books) and “My Family’s Story” (stories of the people who knew Laura and the Ingalls family as told in oral histories).


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Dailey, Rocky

Assistant Prof Journalism & Mass Communication http://daileydoc.com Box 2235 Yeager Hall 232, Brookings, SD 57007 rocky.dailey@sdstate.edu, 605-688-4171 BR, RGT First Amendment The results of the latest election have given journalists much to think about in terms of ethical coverage and access. The First Amendment is invoked often but not always understood. Critical consumers of information must understand that free speech includes speech we do not agree with from people we may not like. This presentation explains how the First Amendment came to be and how it has been applied, as well as what the future may hold.

Dannenbring Eichstadt, Lana

Educator 170 Wessington St S PO Box 138, Wessington, SD 57381 lana7dann@gmail.com, 605-354-3589 BR, OB, RC, RGT Lana is available to lead One Book SD and Reading Group Toolkit conversations. She is also a Race & Civility and Bill of Rights Scholar. She works with the Oglala Sioux Tribe Child Protection Agency in Pine Ridge and teaches English to adults. As an actress/tour guide/script writer for the Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial Society in De Smet, she is also knowledgeable about pioneer and women’s history.

Daw, Jessica

1OU/Community Outreach Director 1119 N Springfield Pl, Sioux Falls, SD 57107 jessied_19@yahoo.com, 605-929-4341 SB* A Terrible Splendor Daw discusses Three Extraordinary Men, a World Poised for War, and the Greatest Tennis Match Ever Played, by Marshall Jon Fisher. The book describes the five sets of the tie-deciding tennis match between Don Budge of the U.S. and Baron Gottfried von Cramm of Germany in the 1937 Davis Cup. As world history is woven in, the reader discovers that von Cramm is not only playing for the Cup, but for his life. This book provides historical review and illuminates the role of sport in international dynamics.

DeCory, Jace

Assistant Prof in American Indian Studies 1200 University St, Spearfish, SD 57799-9003 jace.decory@bhsu.edu, 605-722-8648 SB Wotakuye - Living in Balance with One’s Relatives This topic deals with kinship and relationships with the world around us. How is one’s relationship to the Creator

and all of creation? What is the quality of our relationships with humankind, especially children, and with animals? How can we live in harmony and treat one another with civility and respect?

DeLoache, Betsey

Author, Researcher www.redbirdstudiosd.com 29666 Lakeview Pl, Pierre, SD 57501 betseydsd@mncomm.com, 605-945-1894 SB Country Schools: Past and Present DeLoache discusses her pursuit of learning about country schools, relaying stories from her research and photos of the buildings, students, and documents that support the reminiscences and related topics. She welcomes learning and hearing other stories from the audience.

Diggs, Lawrence

Presenter/Speaker www.LDiggs.com 104 Carlton Ave PO Box 41, Roslyn, SD 57261 public@ldiggs.com, 605-486-4536 BR, OB, RC, RGT, SB Erasing Imaginary Lines This program makes the case that the distinctions we make based on “race” are imaginary lines that have no basis in science or nature. It points out how imaginary lines separate us from people who could be valuable employees, church members or our dearest friends. It encourages audience members to rethink their ideas of “race” and escape their cultural imprisonment.

Dilenschneider, Anne

Counselor, Educator, Consultant and Writer http://journeycounselingservices.com/staff/ dilenschneider 6209 S Pinnacle Pl Suite 102, Sioux Falls, SD 57108 dradilenschneider@gmail.com, 605-906-5404 OB, RC, SB Healing Our Shared Past, Present, and Future: The Hiawatha Indian Insane Asylum From 1902-1933, Native Americans who misbehaved in boarding schools or who alienated reservation agents were sent to the Hiawatha Asylum in Canton, SD. That institution was the linchpin of federal “Indian” policy. Non-Native staff filed reports about Native mistreatment to the federal government, even though doing so meant losing their jobs during the Great Depression. By the time it closed, nearly 400 Native inmates from across the U.S. had been incarcerated in the inhumane asylum, and 121 Native Americans from 53 tribes are buried in unmarked graves at the site. Anne and Jerry Fogg speak about this largely unknown aspect of our shared past so we may begin to heal this wound in our own time.


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Douglas, Pegie

Special Education Teacher (Former) PO Box 811, Custer, SD 57730 pegiedouglas@earthlink.net, 919-414-9383 SB The Life and Music of Badger Clark Badger Clark, South Dakota’s First Poet Laureate, lived in Custer State Park for 30 years. This fast-paced musical program includes a narration of Badger Clark’s life along with his poetry set to music. Douglas discusses Clark’s life, then sings one of his poems set to music, accompanying herself with a guitar.

Ellwein, Arch

www.adcomofmt.com 1005 15th St SW, PO Box 333, Sidney, MT 59270 arch@midrivers.com, 406-488-5109 BR, SB* Theodore Roosevelt The 26th president of the United States comes back to life in this exciting show. Ellwein offers a variety of Chautauqua programming, having done 2,300 performances for all kinds of audiences since 1996. Most of his characters had a direct association with South Dakota and its citizens. He has been studying his characters and related subjects for 20 years.

Fadness, Arley

Free Lance Writer, Retired Lutheran Clergy 442 Gordon St, Custer, SD 57730 arpamfad@gwtc.net, 605-673-5044 SB Webster’s Bandit Buster - Doc Sorbel This fascinating presentation exposes the secret Asle Oscar “Doc” Sorbel of Webster hid all his life. As a 17-year-old in Madelia, Minn., he was responsible for the capture of the Younger Brothers of the Jesse James Outlaw gang in 1876. He quickly and judiciously disappeared. After several years, he re-appeared in Webster and served as the area “horse doctor,” carrying his secret until a year before he died in 1930.

Fanebust, Wayne

Author 705 S Phillips Ave, Sioux Falls, SD 57104 wfanebust@q.com, 605-496-8730 SB Outlaw Dakota Fanebust discusses criminal justice in Dakota Territory through the life and lens of Peter C. Shannon, chief justice on the Dakota Territory Supreme Court from 1873 to 1882. Shannon presided over several nationally noteworthy trials, including the trial of Jack McCall for the murder of Wild Bill Hickok, and the trial of Yankton banker Peter P. Wintermute, who shot and killed Edwin S. McCook, the territorial secretary of state and a Civil War hero.

SDHC scholar Lawrence Diggs offers a variety of presentations for the Speakers’ Bureau.

Fogg, Jerry

Cultural Historian & Artist www.facebook.com/NativeSoulArt 1405 E Walnut St, Sioux Falls, SD 57103 jerryfogg@sio.midco.net, 605-254-8189 SB Native Soul: Every Picture Tells a Story Jerry Fogg invites all South Dakotans into their shared history. He brings the stories of the past into the present through his art, connecting his own feelings and those of his audiences to help them imagine a preferred future together. Using a mixed media approach including historical pieces, Native American crafts, traditional art techniques, and humor, he asks: Who are we? Where do we come from? And, where are we going?

Fountain, Timothy

Author, Former Minister http://caregivingstinks.wordpress.com/ 508 E Sandpiper Trl, Sioux Falls, SD 57108 caregivingstinks@gmail.com, 605-376-2976 BR, SB Anomalies in the 2016 General Election: Fun with the X Amendment The Bill of Rights tells us that powers not given to the federal government are retained by the states and the people. In the last election, some states voted for the “antiWashington” candidate while enacting progressive laws at home. Are Americans, South Dakotans in particular, against “big government” or just “big government from afar”? This program invites audiences to discuss what is and what we hope might be.


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Fryslie, Jamie

PO Box 43, Willow Lake, SD 57278 jlnfryslie@gmail.com, 605-759-6643 OB, RC, RGT Jamie is available to lead One Book SD and Reading Group Toolkit conversations and is a Race & Civility Scholar. She has a B.A. and M.A. in English and teaches high school English. She spends summers working at the Laura Ingalls Wilder Homestead in De Smet as a presenter teaching visitors about one room schools and education in South Dakota in the 1800s.

Gilbert, Wayne

832 Fairview Dr, Belle Fourche, SD 57717 gilbert@rushmore.com, 605-641-5642 SB Incident at Lightning Creek A gunfight occurred in northeastern Wyoming in 1904 between a Sheriff’s posse and a band of Lakota traveling in the area. The Sheriff, a posse member, and four Lakota were killed. Members of the band were arrested on murder charges, which were dismissed at a preliminary hearing, leading to a congressional investigation. Gilbert discusses the interaction between Lakota and Wyoming law enforcement, as well as the larger picture of “the last battle of the Plains Indian Wars.”

Godfrey, Joyzelle

Independent Scholar 2811 Tierra Dr Apt 107, Lincoln, NE 68516 joyzellegodfrey@gmail.com, 402-613-1200 RC, SB Storytelling of the Dakota Godfrey tells the story of the first twins who get lost and get help from Iyan and Tate to get back to their camp and family. In his sorrow over not being able to help children in the future, Iyan, who is Rock, cries and sheds tears of pebbles. Tate calms Iyan’s grief by showing him how they can leave something behind, the tears, to help all children in the future.

Granholm, Nels Ph.D.

Prof Emeritus NA 216 Sundance Pass, Brookings, SD 57006 nels.granholm@sdstate.edu, 605-692-6416 SB How Native American Philosophies Can Enable us to Protect Our World Invariably, Native American authors elaborate fundamental principles on how to live honorable lives of reciprocity with one another and the natural world. This program will examine aboriginal themes discussed by Robin Wall Kimmerer in Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Knowledge, and The Teachings of the Plants. Her work can help us to “...learn the nature of our own gifts and to use them for good in the world.”

John Beheler presents “Mitakuye Oyasin – We Are All Related” at HARCC in Deadwood.

Hamilton, Candy

Independent Scholar 124 East Saint Anne St, Rapid City, SD 57701 hamcandy@gmail.com, 605-407-8488 RC, RGT Surprising Friendship: Annie Oakley and Sitting Bull, A Civil Guide to 21st Century Race Relations As Native People and other South Dakotans seek ways to bridge the gaps between the two races through civility, Annie Oakley and Sitting Bull offer excellent guidance. Sitting Bull, who lived by the traditional Lakota values relied on respect and generosity, cornerstones of civility, to persuade Annie Oakley to allow him to visit her when they were both in Minneapolis. Oakley rebuffed his request three times. Yet they did finally meet, became friends, and worked together through one season of Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show. They remained in contact until Sitting Bull’s death in 1890. Much can be learned from their relationship.

Hernandez, Sarah

Assistant Professor Pugsley Center 301 Box 2218, Brookings, SD 57007 Sarah.Hernandez@sdstate.edu, 605-688-4121 OB, RC, RGT Toward a Dakota Literary Tradition This presentation focuses on Dakota literature from 1836 to present. Hernandez looks at the published and unpublished writings of Gideon Pond, Samuel Pond, Stephen Riggs, Ella Deloria, and Elizabeth Cook-Lynn to better understand how Dakota literature evolved from an oral to a written form. The purpose of this presentation is to increase knowledge of and appreciation for Dakota, Lakota, and Nakota writers and their rich and complex literary traditions.


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Hicks, Patrick

Writer-in Residence; Associate Professor of English www.patrickhicks.org 2001 S Summit Ave, Sioux Falls, SD 57197 patrick.hicks@augie.edu, 605-274-5434 SB Auschwitz, the Holocaust, and Memory: Doing Research & Writing about a Nazi Concentration Camp Hicks will discuss his latest novel, The Commandant of Lubizec, which is based upon Auschwitz and the other Operation Reinhard camps. Hicks will read passages from his novel, show a number of photos, and talk about what it was like to visit Auschwitz.

Hollenbeck, Yvonne

Cowgirl Poet, Quilter www.yvonnehollenbeck.com 30549 291st St, Clearfield, SD 57580 geetwo@gwtc.net, 605-557-3559 SB Patchwork of the Prairie Hollenbeck shows approximately 40 quilts made on the prairies of South Dakota and Nebraska by five generations of members of her family, accompanied by a slide show of photos of the makers, their homes (some sod), and their communities (including the feed store where much of the feed sack fabric in their quilts came from), as well as stories about their lives.

Horsted, Paul

Author www.paulhorsted.com 24905 Mica Ridge Rd, Custer, SD 57730 paul@paulhorsted.com, 605-673-3685 SB The Black Hills Yesterday & Today From the 1874 Black Hills “Custer” Expedition through the gold rush to the early days of tourism, Paul Horsted presents rare historic photographs carefully matched with modern views from the same locations today. The resulting “then and now” images are not only fascinating to see, but also reveal insights into our history, development, ecology and more across the Black Hills region.

Hovey Neubert, Laura

Development Director www.rapidcitylibraryfoundation.org 610 Quincy St PO Box 1015, Rapid City, SD 57709 laura@rapidcitylibraryfoundation.org, 605-786-3344 SB Book-Slingers: Libraries in the Wild, Wild West Hovey Neubert shares tidbits about the development of libraries in western Dakota Territory during the late 19th and early 20th century. Rapid City pioneers like city father John Brennan, newspaper editors Joseph and Alice Gossage, Carrie Ingalls of “Little House” fame, and

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national philanthropists Andrew Carnegie and Phoebe Apperson Hearst all helped give birth to area libraries. These “Book-Slingers” fought for their communities with literacy, sans the gun.

Hunter, Karla

Associate Professor of Communication Studies 433 Telluride Ln, Brookings, SD 57006 Karla.Hunter@sdstate.edu, 605-212-0894 RC, SB Find Your Voice This workshop empowers interpersonal, professional and civic “voices” by helping participants build their communication competence and overcome barriers to positive communication outcomes. These barriers can include Impostor Syndrome, fear of public speaking, listening obstacles, and “Grouphate” (anxiety associated with working in groups). Evidence-based tools offered include skills training, personal communication inventories, myth-busting, and desensitization to fearful situations. This presentation is well-suited for the high school, or college/ adult learner.

Jacobson, Dylan

Comic Artist/AISC Resident Artist http://Dylanjacobson.com 405 E 12th St #213, Sioux Falls, SD 57104 thedylanjacobson@gmail.com, 605-941-1846 SB* Comics and Character Jacobson presents a Chautauqua on how comics and character building can change our points of view.


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Jefferson, Joyce

Jones, Dr. Joanna

Joe, Belinda

Junek, Bruce & Thacker, Tass

Principal/Owner www.JoyceJefferson.net PO Box 5007, Rapid City, SD 57709 storyteller@JoyceJefferson.net, 605-393-2680 SB* Phenomenal Woman and Other S/Heroes Jefferson offers researched African American history and culture through poetry, song, and narration. This is a timeless and universal message. Women comment, “This is so uplifting.” Men say, “Thank you for reminding me of the women in my life.” Jefferson’s work has received standing ovations.

MS Education, Educator and Scholar PO Box 345, Fort Thompson, SD 57339 (605) 245-2453, bfjoe@hotmail.com SB* Making Connections and Transformations Through “Watanyan”: An Aquarian Educator and Dakota Storyteller In the essence of “watanyan” (to see the good and be true to one’s mark), we can strive to walk in dignity and with respect as we make connections with one another, the earth, water and sky. In connecting with the winged, we too can make transformations, for it is the geese who demonstrate civility during transformational leadership.

www.jonesliterature.com 10559 West Hwy 14, Spearfish, SD 57783 joanna_jones@yahoo.com, 605-450-0120 OB Calling on her education as a teacher and librarian, Jones is available to lead One Book SD conversations. At Arizona State University, she completed her doctorate documenting the value of the teacher-librarian partnership in the educational setting. She has presented on a variety of literacy topics at state, regional, and national conferences, as well as in Portugal, Scotland, New Zealand, and China.

World Travelers www.imagesoftheworld.com/ 612 Saint James St, Rapid City, SD 57701 iow@hills.net, 605-348-3432 SB Images of the World Junek and Thacker present seven programs featuring the social studies, art history, natural history, religion, science and geography of various countries. At the same time, they promote cultural and ethnic understanding and respect, global awareness, environmental education and stewardship, intellectual and artistic curiosity, healthy lifestyle choices, goal-setting, and more.

Johannesen, Danielle

Assistant Professor 502 Euclid Ave, Crookston, MN 56716 johan259@crk.umn.edu, 218-281-8250 OB, RGT, SB No Place Like Home: The Origins of Magical Ruralism Rural American culture has evolved in fascinating, significant ways. Early 20th century narratives often presented rural life as disenchanted and marginalized, while late 20th century narratives responded to this disenchantment via a cultural discourse called magical ruralism. Surveying works by Louise Erdrich, Stephen King, Tim O’Brien, E. Annie Proulx, and others, Johannesen demonstrates how magic and re-enchantment have figured prominently in contemporary rural narratives and culture and how the concept of magical ruralism influences our understanding of contemporary rural culture.

Johnson, Barbara

Scholar 511 South Arch St, Aberdeen, SD 57401 prairielitdocbj@aol.com, 605-229-5988 OB, RC, RGT, SB The Diverse Heritage of South Dakota Stained Glass Explore the beautiful stained glass of South Dakota and learn how it represents the state’s varied and unique cultural and historic heritage.

Jerome Kills Small explores Lakota song and dance in his presentations.


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Kaan, Richard

www.fallriverwagon.com 27946 Lariat Cir PO Box 222, Hot Springs, SD 57747 sheepwagon2010@gmail.com, 605-440-1007 SB Black Hills Stagecoach and Freight Wagon Routes Kaan examines political, cultural and economic issues affecting the stagecoach and freight wagon routes into the Black Hills from Cheyenne, WY and Sydney, NE using timelines, maps, original photos and satellite imagery.

Kern Mollman, Sandra

Theatre Artist 30717 University Rd, Vermillion, SD 57069 sandra.mollman@usd.edu, 605-670-9753 RC, SB The Role of Theatre in Civil Discourse Theatre provides entertainment and escape for patrons and participants alike. Theatre artists engage their audiences to live with them for a moment IN the moment, as a community, where they will imagine together, express together, experience and explore together the community they are creating for the stage. This program discusses the use of theatre spaces for creative, inspired, civil discourse, with a common goal of exploring the communities created offstage.

Kills Small, Jerome

Storyteller, Singer 204 3rd St PO Box 95, Utica, SD 57067 chikkawk@gmail.com, 605-660-4366 SB Origins of Lakota Song and Dance Kills Small explores life in the festivals and rituals of the Lakota.

Kirk, Amy

Columnist, Speaker www.amykirk.com 26436 SD Hwy 89, Custer, SD 57730 4atkccranch@goldenwest.net, 605-673-2063 SB Navigating the Obstacles to Journaling and Discovering Your Journaling Style Kirk will show participants how to overcome anxieties about journaling and how to tap into a journal style that works for them.

Lammers, Dirk

Author/Journalist www.nonohitters.com 1516 S Raymond Cir, Sioux Falls, SD 57106 dirkl@lammers.net, 605-254-3472 SB Baseball No-Hit Wonders Lammers chronicles baseball’s most interesting no-hitters during the national pastime’s storied history, starting

Jean Patrick leads a One Book discussion at the Lemmon Public Library.

with George Washington Bradley’s 1876 no-hitter for the St. Louis Brown Stockings and culminating with “no-nos” thrown by such modern-day pitching greats as Nolan Ryan, Roy Halladay and Tim Lincecum.

Liebsch, Coleen

Author www.B4KProgram.org 209 Main Ave PO Box 206, Hayti, SD 57241 Books4Kids@PublishPS.com, 605-783-7715 SB Building Children’s Character Through Books No child enjoys a lecture on how to behave. When the lesson is infused in an entertaining book that allows them to discover the “moral of the story” on their own, though, it’s a different scenario. Add an opportunity to meet the author before receiving their own free copy of the book, and you have the Books 4 Kids Program. The program promotes kindness, anti-bullying and inclusion, as well as interest in writing.

Liegl, Dorothy

2651 Essex Rd, Pierre, SD 57501 strictlyliegl@msn.com, 605-220-4100 OB, RGT Dorothy is available to lead One Book SD and Reading Group Toolkit conversations. A librarian for nearly 40 years, she has traveled across the state leading discussion groups from Beresford to Milbank and Britton, from Buffalo to Lead and Mission and points in-between, for high school honors English classes and local book clubs.


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McDonald, Michael

Singer/Songwriter 2609 Mulligan Dr, Yankton, SD 57078-5306 oisins_remnant@yahoo.com, 605-664-7672 SB Lewis and Clark Corps of Discovery in Song and Story McDonald presents a program of songs and stories about the Corps of Discovery traveling through the Missouri and the Columbia River regions from 1804-1806 based on his readings of the Bakeless edition of The Journals of Lewis and Clark and Stephen Ambrose’s book, Undaunted Courage.

McEntee, Jason

Author Dan O’Brien speaks during a 2016 conference.

Lofthus, Rich

801 East 15th St Unit 11, Yankton, SD 57078 rlofthus23@gmail.com, 605-661-4022 SB Over Here, Over There: The World War One Correspondence of the Private John Warns Family This presentation focuses on a South Dakota family that lived during the World War I era. It is based on letters written from the family and community of Wentworth, SD to a soldier named John Warns, and on letters he wrote home from basic training and the Western Front.

Maple, Ray

Owner, Living History Performer http://tomodayproductions.com 2821 Rocky Rd #115, Cody, WY 82414 tomodayproductions@bresnan.net, 307-527-7314 SB Adventures of Tom O’ Day Maple recalls the life and times of Wyoming outlaw Tom O’ Day, who rode with Butch Cassidy and was involved in the botched Belle Fourche bank robbery. He describes Tom’s interactions with other outlaws from the 1880s, including Ella Smith, aka Bronco Nell, a partner and horse thief and the last woman to serve time in the state penitentiary.

Markley, Bill

Writer www.billmarkley.com 803 Bridgeview, Pierre, SD 57501 markley@pie.midco.net, 605-224-5322 SB Deadwood Dead Men Markley’s latest book is a historical novel based on actual events in Deadwood in August, 1876. In this program, Markley discusses his research into Deadwood’s past, its characters, and the events that unfolded in the mining boomtown. He also discusses the processes of writing fiction and nonfiction.

Prof and Department Head SPC 301 Box 2218 SDSU, Brookings, SD 57007 jason.mcentee@sdstate.edu, 605-688-5191 OB, SB Strangers in Their Own Land McEntee examines Iraqi Freedom movies in the context of the warrior’s coming home story. He analyzes the “coming home” narrative and studies both trauma and warrior re-adjustment and repatriation as seen in movies.

Miller, John

1055 Circle Dr, Brookings, SD 57006-1238 john.miller@sdstate.edu, 605-692-7680 SB The 2016 Election and American Democracy Drawing upon recent books such as Charles Murray’s Coming Apart, Yuval Levin’s The Fractured Republic, Robert Putnam’s Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis, and Arlie Russell Hochschild’s Strangers in Their Own Land, Miller considers the current condition of American society and democracy and explores possible paths to political renewal.

Mills, Rick

Museum Director www.sdsrm.org 222 Railroad Ave, Hill City, SD 57745 sdsrrm@gmail.com, 605-574-9000 SB Black Hills Railroads - Then and Now Mills presents a PowerPoint™ presentation and discussion providing an overview of railroad history and operations in the Black Hills region from 1874 to today.

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rior to joining the University of South Dakota School of Law faculty in 1984, Frank Pommersheim lived and worked on the Rosebud Sioux Reservation. He writes extensively in the field of Indian law and serves on a number of tribal appellate courts, including those on the Cheyenne River and Rosebud reservations. Those experiences led to his most recent book, Tribal Justice: 25 Years as a Tribal Appellate Justice. Pommersheim is also a poet; his latest chapbook is Local Memory and Karma (The Buddha Correspondence, Vol. 2).

Mittman, Marsha

English Literature www.thenextfoundation.org PO Box 586, Spearfish, SD 57783 marsha.mittman@thenextfoundation.org, 605-644-8062 SB “Chicken Soup for the Soul” Books: Their Popularity and Author’s Selected Readings “Chicken Soup for the Soul” books have sold over 500 million copies worldwide, have been published in over 100 countries, and have been translated into 43 languages. Mittman will read selections from four of her stories recently accepted by the series and will discuss the publishing phenomenon’s popular self-help approach.

Ostrander, Angela

Library Supervisor http://faithlibrary.wikispaces.com/ 204 West 5th St PO Box 172, Faith, SD 57626 angela.ostrander@k12.sd.us, 605-967-2262 OB Angela is available to lead One Book SD conversations. She has been a library supervisor for 10 years, writing grants and promoting South Dakota Humanities Council programs for the library in her community. Angela holds a teaching degree and has worked in the field for more than 20 years.

Patrick, Jean

Author, Speaker, Storyteller www.jeanpatrick.com 40519 258th St, Mitchell, SD 57301 jean@santel.net, 605-770-7345 RC, RGT, SB Mount Rushmore: Past and Future Using archival photographs and objects, the Mount Rushmore author presents unique facts and perspectives

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about the memorial, including its current importance for people of all backgrounds. (Appropriate for all ages.)

Pengra, Lilah Morton

Independent Scholar 13703 Lame Johnny Rd PO Box 126, Buffalo Gap, SD 57722 lilah@hcinet.net, 605-255-4605 RC, SB Interpreting the Evidence Pengra analyzes the difficulties in identifying racism and cultural misunderstanding in historical documents about Isaiah Dorman, an African American who married a Dakota woman, fought in the Civil War, worked for the US Army, and died at Little Bighorn. Many sources have claimed he was a runaway slave and hated by the Lakota. This program will investigate how sensitive interpretation of stereotypes and changing word meanings, beliefs and values refuted these claims.

Pommersheim, Frank

Author, Poet 414 E Clark St, Vermillion, SD 57069 fpommers@usd.edu, 605-677-6350 BR, RC, SB Indians, Indian Tribes, and the Constitution Pommersheim examines the past, present and future of these issues.

Rasmussen, Jane

217 5th Ave East, Sisseton, SD 57262 janeandjohnrasmussen@gmail.com, 605-237-6004 SB The Stavig Letters The immigrant experience comes to life in this three-person readers’ theater program created by Dr. Wayne Knutson. Content comes directly from an extensive collection of letters written over a 50-year period between two brothers, one who emigrated to Dakota Territory and one who stayed in Norway. Presented with John Rasmussen and Gary Westgard.

Reese, Jim

Writer 611 Augusta Cir, Yankton, SD 57078 james.reese@mtmc.edu, 605-660-3737 SB Get Published Now In this hybrid writing seminar, participants generate ideas, write memoirs and poetry and discuss methods of getting published in today’s market. It features informal conversations with a working writer and editor, discussing craft, publishing and the writing life. Reese is also available to talk about transformative learning and teaching within the prison system.


17 | Scholar directory South Dakota Humanities Council people who settled in Dakota Territory. The presentation is based on 50 letters written in German script addressed to Schrag’s great-grandfather, FJ Meier. These letters had been carefully saved, never translated, and handed down through the generations; they detail faith, personal experiences, and the agrarian nature of Dakotans between 1878 and 1889.

Seifert, Marty

SDHC presenter Phyllis Schrag uses various props in her discussions.

Remund, Marcella

235 E Lewis, Vermillion, SD 57069 mremund@usd.edu, 605-366-6096 SB Poems of the Prairie: Beyond Bucolic Remund reads original poetry that explores the struggles, joys, beauty, and hardship of life in South Dakota. The reading is accompanied by images of South Dakota land and people and is followed by time for Q&A.

Richardson White, Barbara

Principal 9 Cliff Dr, Porcupine, SD 57772 barb7656@gmail.com, 605-407-1356 SB What Happened after Whetstone? Richardson White looks at events in the lives of Spotted Tail, Swift Bear and Good Cane Milk from the closing of the Whetstone Agency of 1869 to the creation of the Rosebud Reservation in 1875.

Roripaugh, Lee Ann

SD State Poet Laureate www.leeannroripaugh.com 208 N Pine St Apt 202, Vermillion, SD 57069 Lee.Roripaugh@usd.edu, 605-675-9539 RC, SB A Reading by the South Dakota State Poet Laureate South Dakota State Poet Laureate Lee Ann Roripaugh reads selections from, and discusses, her award-winning poetry.

Schrag, Phyllis

Retired Teacher 2320 Westwind Dr, Ames, IA 50010 phyllis_schrag@mediacombb.net, 515-337-1713 SB Letters from the Attic Participants will gain a perspective on the life and times of

www.sundownatsunrise.com 1113 East Lyon St, Marshall, MN 56258 seifert@iw.net, 507-829-7683 SB Sundown at Sunrise: A Story of Love and Murder Seifert takes participants back to rural farm life in the early 1900s. The book and accompanying presentation focus on the lives of Maude Petrie Kleeman and her husband, William, who live in southwestern Minnesota. The family is joined by a school teacher who lives with them as a boarder. William eventually breaks down and murders his wife and the couple’s four children, who are all under the age of six. Gripping in detail, this tale is based on a true story. The presentation is suitable for audiences age 14 and above.

Simpson, Scott

Learning Specialist www.wolakotaproject.org 821 N 8th St, Spearfish, SD 57783 dsimpson@tie.net, 605-641-4289 RC, SB WoLakota Project: Listening to the Elders of the Oceti Sakowin (with Co-Presenter Sharla Steever) This workshop will explore elements of the 300-plus Lakota, Dakota and Nakota Elder inter views housed on the WoLakota Project website (http://www.wolakotaproject.org/). It can be tailored to classroom, community, church or religious settings, parenting or almost any purpose that includes developing deeper understandings of ourselves and the land we live on through interacting with the words, stories and wisdom of the indigenous people of South Dakota.

Sneller, Judy

Professor of English www.sdsmt.edu/Directories/Personnel/Sneller,-Judy/ 4904 Galena Dr, Rapid City, SD 57702 judy.sneller@sdsmt.edu, 605-430-5956 SB Look Who’s Laughing: The Power of Humor Although humor is all around us in our daily lives, few people actually stop to consider its importance. This presentation explores the many functions of humor in our daily lives. Humor can be psychological, sociological, philosophical, or aesthetic. This presentation can also be adapted to “Seizing the World by the Tail: The Power of Women’s Humor.”


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Steever, Sharla

Learning Specialist www.wolakotaproject.org 13801 West Hwy 44, Rapid City, SD 57702 ssteever@tie.net, 605-209-5056 RC, SB Understanding My Neighbor (Presented with Dr. Scott Simpson) This program incorporates Native American Elder interview videos into discussions where participants reflect personally on the topics of the videos and then share together in small groups. Through hearing multiple perspectives on topics specific to South Dakota, participants grow in understanding and begin to transform personally. The more we know about our neighbors, the more informed we become, leading to positive personal and community relationships.

Steinken, Ken

Writer 305 Saint Francis St, Rapid City, SD 57701 kensteinken@juno.com, 605-348-4895 OB, RC, RGT, SB Can We All Just Get Along? Steinken, a writer from Rapid City, brings an interactive presentation using literature, independent film and self-assessment to explore attitudes and behaviors toward people we don’t agree with or like. The length of this Race and Civility presentation can vary from a single session to a half-day workshop based on the desires of the host group or organization.

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Sullivan, James

Prof of English 108 James Pl, Yankton, SD 57078 jsullivan@mtmc.edu, 605-857-1093 OB Sullivan is available to lead One Book SD conversations. He is a professor of English who has taught a variety of writing and literature courses at Mount Marty College in Yankton for more than thirty years. The courses he regularly teaches are Early and Recent American Literature, Recent British Literature, World Literature, and The Novel.

Teller, James

www.americal4ofthe3.com 7305 West Lobelia St, Sioux Falls, SD 57106 jteller@sio.midco.net, 605-362-4166 SB A Way with Words Teller covers the topics of writing short stories and the aspiring military Veteran writer. The presentation discusses style, sentence structure and writer motivation. The author also discusses PTSD and its successful treatment. Teller was the winner of the 2016 Veterans Writing Prize at the South Dakota Festival of Books (see page 22).

Tennant, Brad

4255 Park Dr, Rapid City, SD 57702 vicki.sterling@dsu.edu, 605-256-6780 OB Sterling is available to lead One Book SD conversations. She is retired as a professor from Dakota State University. Sterling taught in the College of Education for 36 years in methods of reading and language arts.

History/Government Professor 1500 N Main St, Aberdeen, SD 57401 brad.tennant@presentation.edu, 605-229-8577 BR, OB, SB Landmark Decisions and the Bill of Rights This program features an overview of five landmark Supreme Court decisions involving the Bill of Rights and their historical impact on American society. Additional landmark decisions can be included based on the desired topics of sponsoring organizations. The presentation coincides with the 225th Anniversary of the Bill of Rights and is intended for general audiences, library discussions and students in grades 7 and up.

Stewart, Christine

The Gypsy Cowbelle, Miss “V”

Sterling, Dr. Vicki

Ph.D. in English, Poetry and Women’s and Gender Studies www.christinestewartnunez.com 1741 8th St, Brookings, SD 57006 christine.stewart@sdstate.edu, 605-691-3714 OB, RGT Stewart is available to lead One Book SD and Reading Group Toolkit conversations. A past Festival of Books presenter who has served on a number of poetry panels, Stewart has a Ph.D. in English, specializing in modern and contemporary American poetry and memoir, with a certificate in Women’s and Gender Studies.

Performing Artist www.gypsycowbelle.com PO Box 809, Thermopolis, WY 82443 gypsycowbelle@gmail.com, 307-231-9252 SB The Modern Day Homesteader This program is presented either as a theme concert or as a showing of the artist’s documentary by the same name. The concert utilizes song and story to explore elements of Western pioneer life, while the documentary incorporates slides, music and narrative to depict the artist’s personal account of one homestead ranch. Engaging discussions follow, particularly the documentary presentation.


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Vidler, Laura

Dr. James Zarzana presents "How to get started writing in fiction" at the Huron Public Library.

Timm, John

Author, Independent Scholar 925 South Thompson Ave, Sioux Falls, SD 57103 johntimm@sio.midco.net, 605-338-3312 SB Patronage, the Dark Side of Politics and How It Affected the Development of the Dakotas Timm presents a brief history of the spoils system: when it began and how it became embedded in national and state government. He discusses reformists and politicians who tried to stop patronage and the feuds that resulted.

Tinguely, Joseph

Assistant Professor of Philosophy www.usd.edu/faculty-and-staff/Joseph-Tinguely 414 E Clark St, Vermillion SD 57069 joseph.tinguely@usd.edu, 605-677-5218 RC, SB On the Limits of Civil Discourse A well-functioning democracy is premised on conflict and a commitment to resolving those conflicts through discourse rather than force. However, a climate characterized by deep skepticism about “political correctness” that calls for “civil discourse” appears as the problem, not the solution. Tinguely looks at the limits of civil discourse and raises the question of what to do when it fails.

Van Deest, Orval

Prof Emeritus, DSU PO Box 291, Madison, SD 57042 605-591-9830 SB*, RGT Prairie Chautauqua: Buffalo, Bears, Bibles and Prairie Dogs Van Deest embodies many characters. Buffalo Jones recounts the slaughter of 62 million buffalo as the government schemes to starve the Indians. Hugh Glass, mountain man mauled by the grizzly, gains revenge on those who left him to die. Sinclair Lewis, Pulitzer and Nobel Prize-winning author, defends his portrayal of the prairie evangelism evils in Elmer Gantry. Old Prairie Dog Frank enlivens the immigrant story with tall tales, chinch bugs and fleas.

Prof of Spanish, Department of Modern Languages and Linguistics www.usd.edu/faculty-and-staff/Laura-Vidler 414 E Clark St, Vermillion, SD 57069 laura.vidler@usd.edu, 605-677-5789 OB, RGT Vidler is available to lead One Book SD and Reading Group Toolkit conversations. Her scholarly research and teaching is devoted to literature, although she focuses primarily on Spanish classical theater. She is well-trained to lead discussions on any literary work. As Chair of the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at USD, Laura is especially well-positioned to lead discussions on topics related to multiculturalism, multilingualism, and intercultural competence.

Walsh, Lori

Journalist, SDPB Host http://Lotusandrabbit.com; http://sdpb.org/moment 2810 E 14th St, Sioux Falls, SD 57103 loriwalsh@sio.midco.net, 605-941-9556 OB Walsh is available to lead One Book SD conversations. She is a journalist, book critic, writer, and host of “In the Moment” on South Dakota Public Broadcasting. Lori is also a member of the National Book Critics Circle and Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators.

Wegehaupt, Ruth

Educator, Artist 1324 12th Ave SE #27, Aberdeen, SD 57401 wordweaver@wegelyon.org, 605-228-9268 RC, RGT, SB Seminars in Media Literacy The public is bombarded with images and messages designed to get people to feel, consume, behave, or think in a particular way and to bypass the parts of our brains that filter and analyze. Media Literacy is about deconstructing and analyzing the messages for intent, techniques, and reliability. Seminars are available in Media Literacy combined with Civil Discourse, Race Relations, Gender Roles, and Body Image.

Westgard, Gary

Retired Lutheran Pastor 1340 22nd St NE, Watertown SD 57201 vivigard@gmail.com, 605-882-5733 OB, SB I Shall Miss Bananas Westgard will read from his books, The Journey and the Grace and At Break of Day, and more recent poems and articles. He’ll invite audience members listeners to see the sacred in the ordinar y, to pay attention to the moments of grace in their lives, and to find joy in living upon this earth.


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Wilson, Jerry

Author http://jerrywilson.us 30959 Frog Creek Rd, Vermillion SD 57069 wilson57069@gmail.com, 605-670-1843 SB Recreating History Through Fiction Since retiring as managing editor of South Dakota Magazine, Wilson has published four books. His latest is Across the Cimarron, a novel that begins with the chaotic 1892 Land Run into Cheyenne Arapaho territory in western Oklahoma, where Wilson was born near the homesteads two of his great grandfathers claimed. Fascinated by both family legends and historical research, he’s been mulling the story of this turbulent time for decades.

Wilson, Norma

Ph.D. in English 30959 Frog Creek Rd, Vermillion, SD 57069 Norma.Wilson@usd.edu, 605-670-1843 SB The Art of Collaboration in “Rivers, Wings & Sky” Poet Norma Wilson and visual artist Nancy Losacker will speak about how the South Dakota environment has influenced their collaborative work.

Witt, Lillian

Educator, Scholar and Entertainer 6715 State Hwy 27, Gordon, NE 69343 lillyrae49@yahoo.com, 308-360-3029 SB* Annie Tallent 1887-1901: The First White Woman in the Black Hills Along with her husband D.G. and their nineyear-old son Robert, Annie Tallent undertook a long and grueling journey of deep snow, bitter cold and constant fear of attacking Indians to become the first white woman in the Black Hills. Even though she first entered Dakota Territory illegally, Tallent represents the heroism and resourcefulness of pioneer women and is a significant figure in South Dakota’s early educational history.

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Wright, Robert

Ph.D. in History www.amazon.com/Robert-E.-Wright/e/B001IGLMVQ 2001 S Summit Ave, Sioux Falls, SD 57197 robert.wright@augie.edu, 605-274-5312 RC Trails of Tears and Prosperity: South Dakota’s Cultures of Enterprise Wright surveys entrepreneurial activities in South Dakota undertaken by Native Americans and Euroamericans since 10,000 BCE. He describes the numerous barriers that have faced Native American entrepreneurs under the reservation system and suggests that those barriers, and not the racial or cultural traits of Indians, are the root cause of poverty on reservations.

Zarzana, Dr. James

Writer www.themarscosaga.com 227 North Hill St, Marshall, MN 56258 jazarzana@iw.net, 507-532-9117 SB Getting Started with Writing Fiction Zarzana discusses the major parts of writing fiction: plot, characterization, setting. He delves into first-person and third-person narration, word choice and dialogue presentation. The program can be tailored to suit specific genres, including science fiction, romance, adolescent or young adult fiction, and historical fiction. It can be tailored to suit beginners or advanced writers and memoir writing.

Ziegler, Nathan

Director of ESL Programs West Hall 123, Brookings SD 57007 nathan.ziegler@sdstate.edu, 605-688-5077 RC Exploring the Impact of Beliefs and Attitudes on Conversations about Race, Identity, and Privilege Zeigler’s presentation establishes a framework for engaging in dialogue about race, power, and privilege. The presentation will further explore the value of diversity and the need to create solidarity and alliance with oppressed populations.

Would you like to be in the Speakers Bureau? We encourage Speakers Bureau scholars to apply each fall for the following year. 2018 scholar applications will be available in October at www.sdhumanities.org. Scholar applications are reviewed by a committee of SDHC board members. To be included on a list for 2017, call (605) 688-6113 or email info@ sdhumanities.org. If you are chosen as a scholar, you’ll be listed with your programs online at sdhumanities.org. The committee reviews scholars’ academic background and presentation experience combined with scholar applicants’ knowledge of humanities subjects relevant to South Dakota.


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2017 One Book SD - Food and Family Food and family intertwine in the 2017 One Book South Dakota selection, Kitchens of the Great Midwest by J. Ryan Stradal. From Lutheran church bake-offs to chili-pepper eating contests, this book captures the zeitgeist of the Midwest, the rise of foodie culture, and the ways food creates community and influences identity. Kitchens of the Great Midwest centers on Eva Thorvald, born into a food-obsessed family and blessed with a uniquely sensitive palate. By turns quirky, hilarious and vividly sensory, this book tells an unexpected mother-daughter story about the bittersweet nature of life – its missed opportunities and its joyful surprises.

Join the Discussion Apply to host a One Book SD reading group at sdhumanities. org. Your $50 application fee will get you up to 30 copies of Kitchens of the Great Midwest from our Lending Library and a scholar to lead your discussion.

As South Dakotans read and discuss this novel throughout 2017, they may also be inspired to try some of the recipes included in certain chapters. Author J. Ryan Stradal will appear at four special dinner events throughout South Dakota – three this summer and one immediately prior to the 2017 Festival of Books in Deadwood (Sept. 2124), where he will deliver a keynote address. Watch sdhumanities.org for schedule details! A native of Hastings, Minnesota, Stradal edits the fiction section of The Nervous Breakdown and works as an editor-at-large at Unnamed Press. He now lives in Los Angeles. He’s worked as a TV producer, notably for the History Channel’s Ice Road Truckers and Discovery Channel’s Deadliest Catch.

Author J. Ryan Stradal put together suggestions for Midwestern party snacks, cocktails, wine pairings, and even Spotify playlists to help you throw a book club party worthy of Eva Thorvald. Check it out at: photo courtesy of Anna Pasquarella

http://bit.ly/KitchensGMWBookKit

2017 Festival: O’Brien Leads Deadwood Lineup Readers and writers, including National Book Award Winner and Vietnam Veteran Tim O’Brien, will once again roam the historic streets of Deadwood at the South Dakota Festival of Books, Sept. 22-24. Authors and illustrators from within South Dakota and around the nation will present readings, lectures and panel discussions throughout the area, with book sales and signings at Festival headquarters, the Deadwood Mountain Grand. Presenters in genres from history to poetry will mingle with their biggest fans throughout the Festival. Readers of the One Book South Dakota will get first-hand

insight from its author, J. Ryan Stradal, and mystery fans will enjoy hearing how Lori Armstrong, William Kent Krueger and Sandra Brannan create their riveting plots. SDHC will award its second Veterans Writing Prize and feature a number of Veteran authors, including O’Brien and Pulitzer Prize winner Robert Olen Butler. Many authors will also explore the theme of Race and Civility, including Philip Deloria and Virginia Driving Hawk Sneve. Watch for updated Festival of Books information, including author and event announcements, at www.sdbookfestival. com or sdhumanities.org.

Tim O’Brien, an award-winning author, will present at the 2017 Festival of Books


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2017 Young Readers Festival Lineup: Acclaimed Graphic Novelist, Children’s Authors The Young Readers Festival of Books will bring dynamic presenters to schools, libraries, and cultural centers to celebrate the power of stories. Children’s and YA authors and illustrators will speak to students and fans of all ages in Rapid City Sept. 21, throughout the Northern Hills Sept. 22, and in Deadwood Sept. 23. For the third time in the past six years, South Dakota will have the honor of hosting the current National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, Gene Luen Yang. Yang’s graphic novels, American Born Chinese and Boxers & Saints, have both been Gene Luen nominated for Yang the National Book Award. He has also illustrated many comics, including Dark Horse Comics’ Avatar: The Last Airbender and DC Comics’ Superman, and written the Secret Coders series for middle grade readers. In addition to Yang and Young Readers One Book illustrator Chris Van Dusen, the Young Readers Festival will feature up to 10 other presenters. Among them will be Joseph Bruchac, a highly-acclaimed Abenaki author, poet, and storyteller, and Alison McGhee, the award-winning author of books such as Firefly Hollow and Someday and co-author (with Kate DiCamillo) of the Bink & Gollie series.

Deckawoo Drive to DC Comics

One Book: An Unforgettable Illustrator Students around South Dakota will get a unique treat this year with their copies of the 2017 Young Readers One Book – the chance to meet the illustrator and learn more about his work. This year’s selection is Tales from Deckawoo Drive, a bind-in of three books in a series written by Kate DiCamillo and illustrated by Chris Van Dusen.

Chris Van Dusen

As part of the 2017 Young Readers Festival of Books, Van Dusen will visit third-graders in Rapid City on Sept. 21 and the Northern Hills Sept. 22-23, giving drawing demonstrations and sharing his experiences of illustrating his own books and books written by others. DiCamillo will also send a video greeting to the students. The Young Readers bind-in will include three books: Leroy Ninker Saddles Up, Francine Poulet Meets the Ghost Raccoon, and Where Are You Going, Baby Lincoln? Each of these adventurous characters first appeared in the popular Mercy Watson series, also by DiCamillo and Van Dusen, so they will be familiar to many students. Author/illustrator Van Dusen brings humor, adventure, lively language and richly colored, kinetic illustrations to all of his children’s books. Along with Mercy Watson, he has created a number of unforgettable literary characters, including Mr. Magee (and his trusty dog, Dee) and King Hugo (the royal with the big ego). Van Dusen developed his artistic talents as a child, when he and his brothers would spend hours drawing pictures – his specialty was aliens, robots, and monsters. He has always been inspired by the musical rhythm of Dr. Seuss’ words and the meticulous detail of Robert McCloskey’s illustrations.


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Conversations Covering the State 191 One Stop Programs (previously known as Quick Grants)

Speakers Bureau 126 One Book SD 56 Reading Group Toolkit 9

In FY16 (Nov. 1, 2015 - Oct. 31, 2016) our programs and grants

reached 47,299 people in 72 communities across South Dakota. Popular topics included Hugh Glass, conversations with the State Poet Laureate, and the 2016 One Book, which included 56 programs for readers throughout the state of South Dakota. Veterans’ Voices Heard

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e held our first-ever Veterans’ writing contest in 2016. The contest was open to all Veterans and active duty service members living in South Dakota. Ron Capps, founder and director of the national Veterans Writing Project, judged the selections chosen by a panel of readers for the inaugural competition. The winner, James Teller (look for him on page 17 of the Speakers Bureau), was awarded a $1,000 prize. The top three contestants all read their work at a Festival of Books event. We received 32 submissions from 17 different communities from WWII Veterans to currently enlisted service members. The second annual Veterans Writing Prize will be awarded at the 2017 Festival of Books in Deadwood. All entries for the 2017 competition will be due June 30, 2017.

The three finalists - Craig Tschetter, Brookings; James R. Teller, Sioux Falls (seated); and Timothy Fountain, Sioux Falls - of the 2016 Veterans Writing Prize, read their work at the 2016 Festival of Books. Ron Capps, director of the Veterans Writing Project (standing, center) chose the finalists from a pool of semi-final entries selected independently by a panel of four readers with backgrounds in military and writing.


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ith a boundary-breaking Festival of Books and a year-long celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Pulitzer Prizes, SDHC truly welcomed the best books to South Dakota in 2016. Readers and writers from within and beyond the state’s borders embraced the Festival in its new host town of Brookings, with more than 10,000 session attendees of all ages meeting more than 70 authors and illustrators at readings, panel discussions and more. Highlighting the Festival were presentations by six Pulitzer Prize winners: • Robert Olen Butler (fiction, 1993) • Shirley Christian (international reporting, 1981) • Michael Dirda (criticism, 1993) • Ted Kooser (poetry, 2005) • T.J. Stiles (history, 2016 and biography, 2010) • Jane Smiley (fiction, 1992), 2016 One Book South Dakota author For the third year in a row, young readers experienced their own Festival, led by Jennifer Richard Jacobson, author of the Young Readers One Book, Andy Shane and Dolores Starbuckle: 4 Books in 1. Children’s and young adult authors and illustrators joined her for events at the Washington Pavilion in Sioux Falls, the Children’s Museum of South Dakota in Brookings, and the Rapid City Central Theatre. With special events, mass book signings and more than 50 authors and illustrators selling their books in Exhibitors’ Hall, attendees discovered new favorites, providing food for

2016 Distinguished Achievement in the Humanities

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ed Kooser is a former two-term United States Poet Laureate and the author of 14 full-length collections of poetry, including Delights and Shadows, which won the 2005 Pulitzer Prize. He has also published plays, fiction, personal essays, literary criticism, and children’s books. Kooser’s writing is known for its clarity, precision and accessibility; his poems are included in textbooks and anthologies used in secondary schools and college classrooms across the country.

Pictured above, the Pulitzer Prize winners who presented at the 2016 Festival of Books.

thought and enough reading material to last until this year’s Festival, Sept. 21-24, 2017 in Deadwood and Rapid City! Beyond the Festival, we brought seven other Pulitzer winners to the state in 2016 through our participation in the Pulitzer Prize Centennial Campfires Initiative and partnerships with several of the state’s universities and cultural organizations. These authors made public presentations, visited classes and led workshops: • Elizabeth Fenn (history, 2015), March 10, Augustana University, Sioux Falls • Kai Bird & Martin Sherwin (biography, 2006), March 15, Black Hills State University, Spearfish • Robert Cohen (breaking news photography, 2015), Sept. 15, University of South Dakota, Vermillion • Michael Chabon (fiction, 2001), Oct. 5, Black Hills State University, Spearfish • John Luther Adams (composition, 2014), Oct. 6-8, South Dakota Symphony Orchestra, Sioux Falls • Jonathan Weiner (nonfiction, 1995), Nov. 10, South Dakota School of Mines & Technology, Rapid City We blogged 11 essays by scholars, educators and journalists that were re-published in a “Centennial Stories” series on the national Pulitzer Prize website. The year’s activities are also featured in three SDPB broadcasts titled “Up Close and Pulitzer.” The first aired in October.


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NEH Calls Festival of Books ‘Jewel in State’s Crown’ 5-Year Site Assessment Review: Assessing our Role in the State

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he NEH visited Brookings to conclude a five-year review process that included site visit interviews with more than 40 people representing our constituency, board and staff. The report stated “The SD Book Festival is the jewel in the state’s crown,” calling many of our relationships “Especially notable relating to the Festival “robust are the breadth and and fully mature.” liveliness of the

Council’s approach to linking the people of South Dakota.”

The NEH report also noted that our relationships with the SD Library Association, the SD Department of Education, the SD Symphony Orchestra and the Children’s Museum of South Dakota are effective in reaching South Dakota youth and young readers. They concluded that SDHC “is exemplary…especially notable are the breadth and liveliness of the Council’s approach to linking the people of South Dakota.”

Strategic Priority One

Expand the Audience of Readers and Writers • Patrick Hicks, Augustana University • Sheryl Baloun, SDHC Board Alumni • Scott Skar, Barnes & Noble • Thea Miller Ryan, Outdoor Campus • Ann Smith, Sioux Falls School District • Heather Stephenson, Siouxland Libraries

Strategic Priority Two

Community Conversations -Scholars & Coordinators • Barbara Johnson, Stained Glass Scholar • John Miller, Grants Scholar and Project Coordinator

Back L-R Roger Campbell (Pierre, Board Member), Scott Krawczyk (NEH Facilitator), Gina Jahr (SFACF, Sioux Falls) Front L-R Betsy Birmingham (ND, Site Team), Liz Young (VA, Site Team), Matt Moen (Vermillion, Board Chair), Kendra Calhoun (Avera, Sioux Falls) Sherry DeBoer (ED, SDHC)

• Lawrence Diggs, Speakers Bureau Scholar • Sandra Pay, Sioux Falls Arts Council • Nancy Veglahn, Grants Scholar • Jon Lauck, Project Scholar Community Conversations -Collaborations • Scott Petersen, Washington Pavilion • Larry Rohrer, South Dakota Public Broadcasting • Sam Shaw, South Dakota Department of Education Liaison • David Delta Gier /Jennifer Boomgaarden, South Dakota Symphony. • Lynn Verschoor, South Dakota Art Museum, • Lori Walsh, South Dakota Public Broadcasting, Dakota Midday • Trisha Meyer, Sioux Falls Veterans’ Administration and Hospital • Kate Treiber, Children’s Museum of South Dakota

Group Interview Strategic Priority Three

Diversify Revenue • Margaret Cash Wegner, SDHC Board Alumni • Jean Nicholson, SDHC Board Alumni • Gina Jahr, Sioux Falls Area Community Foundation • Jeff Veltkamp, South Dakota Community Foundation • Mary & Lorin Brass, Brass Family Foundation • Brian Bonde, ACFRE, Advanced Certified Fundraising, LLC • Steve Sanford, SDHC Board Alumni • Randell Beck, Pulitzer Board and Avera

Thank you to the NEH Site Team Interview participants.


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A Successful Year Raising the Bar in ‘16

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016 was good to the South Dakota Humanities Council. We increased festival fundraising by 68 percent, bringing Pulitzer Prize-winning authors and record attendance to the annual South Dakota Festival of Books. Thanks to many generous donations, we raised a total of $135,000 for the Festival of Books and $237,000 overall. Of this total, $45,456 came from the Pulitzer Prize Centennial Campfires Initiative, a joint venture of the Pulitzer SDHC has significantly ramped up fundraising efforts during the past five years. Prize Board and the Federation of State Humanities Councils. For their generous support of the Campfires Initiative, we “The work that the council has been doing with literacy thank the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Ford Foundation, Carnegie Corporation of New York, John S. and humanities-oriented literature, particularly with youth, is first rate,” said Brandon Johnson, Senior Program Officer at and James L. Knight Foundation, Pulitzer Prizes Board and the NEH Office of Challenge Grants. Columbia University. The fundraising surge was the backbone of a 2016 South Dakota Festival of Books that provided an unprecedented six Pulitzer Prize winners for audiences of more than 10,000 people in Brookings, Sioux Falls and Rapid City. It also helped provide 5,000 copies of the 2016 Young Readers One Book selection to elementary students around the state. We had many other milestones in 2016, including a Humanities Access Challenge Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. The Humanities Access grant supports three years of programming for our Young Readers Initiative through matching funds of up to $100,000. We are one of 34 organizations to receive funding in the inaugural round of Humanities Access grants.

Board members convene to hear about one third grader’s experience with the Young Readers Initiative during the November 2016 meeting in Rapid City.

We will use the funds to promote literacy to elementary students in underserved populations, including on all nine South Dakota American Indian reservations and among Spanish-speaking English Language Learners. Of course, none of this would have been possible without our generous donors. Please read on to help us recognize valuable contributors who help make our educational programming possible.

2016 Distinguished Achievement in the Humanities

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native South Dakotan, Ann Smith was born with a love for learning and encouraging people to explore new ideas or reframe old ideas in a fresh light. She is the Director of Curriculum and Instructional Services at Sioux Falls School District. Ann discovered library science during her education at Sioux Falls College. She spent 10 years as the Bibliographic Instruction Librarian at Augustana, where she recalls first connecting to the internet in 1991. She leads the school district’s library program and revels in the rapidly changing information landscape.


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Major Donors Thank you to our sponsors and donors who ensure the future of our programs, like the Festival of Books and Young Readers Initiative. In FY 2016, donors grew our endowment fund and supported a successful slate of programs.

Presenting Partners

Tribute Sponsors Gerry Berger-Law

$5,000 + Endowment Donors

www.prairieplay.org

Gerry Berger-Law

2016 Distinguished Achievement in the Humanities

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irst Bank & Trust has proudly sponsored the South Dakota Humanities Council and the Festival of Books since 2010, putting books in the hands of school children, area residents and its own employees to encourage a passion for reading. First Bank & Trust’s charitable giving arm -- the Fishback Financial Corporation (FFC) Community Fund -- supports projects that provide an ongoing benefit for the community, including those that elevate liberal arts and education in the com munity. The Fund celebrates its 10th anniversary soon, contributing more than $10 million to projects and organizations in the area. Headquartered in Brookings, four generations of Fishbacks have led the banking organization in its 135-year history. Kevin Tetzlaff is currently the President of First Bank & Trust, Brookings.

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his program is part of the Pulitzer Prizes Centennial Campfires Initiative, a joint venture of the Pulitzer Prizes Board and the Federation of State Humanities Councils in celebration of the 2016 centennial of the Prizes. The initiative seeks to illuminate the impact of journalism and the humanities on American life today, to imagine their future and to inspire new generations to consider the values represented by the body of Pulitzer Prizewinning work. For their generous $45,456 support of the Campfires Initiative, we thank the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Ford Foundation, Carnegie Corporation of New York, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Pulitzer Prizes Board and Columbia University.


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2016 Endowment and Annual Fund Donors Annual Fund ∙∙ 3M, Brookings (Mary Erickson) ∙∙ Martha Ackerman, Santa Cruz, CA ∙∙ Ag Heritage Museum, Brookings (Gwen McCausland, Director) ∙∙ Katherine Amundson, Sioux Falls ∙∙ Mads and Chloe Andenas, Howard ∙∙ R.P. Anderson, Prior Lake, MN ∙∙ Anonymous ∙∙ Dr. Marilyn Carlson Aronson, Beresford ∙∙ J. D. and Maylou Austin, Watertown ∙∙ Avera McKennan, Sioux Falls ∙∙ AWC Family Foundation, Nashville, TN (Andrea Waitt Carlton) ∙∙ Martha Baker, Sioux Falls ∙∙ Philip Baker, Brookings ∙∙ Sandra Ballou, Brookings ∙∙ Pat Beattie, Brookings ∙∙ Kathleen Bergeson, Yankton ∙∙ Chuck and Mary Lou Berry, Brookings ∙∙ Doug and Cheryl Beste, Brookings ∙∙ Darla Biel, Brookings ∙∙ Black Hills State University Foundation, Spearfish (President Tom Jackson) ∙∙ Dorothy Blair, Vermillion ∙∙ Susan Blake, Sioux Falls ∙∙ Anne Bodman and Andrew Hollander, Sturgis ∙∙ Brass Family Foundation, Lennox (Lorin and Mary Brass and Family) ∙∙ Margy Brenden, Brookings ∙∙ Brookings Convention Visitors Bureau, Brookings (Jennifer Johnson, Director) ∙∙ Brookings Public Library, Brookings (Aisha Gustafson, Director) ∙∙ Brookings School District, Brookings ∙∙ Susan Burgard, Pierre ∙∙ Chuck Cecil, Brookings ∙∙ Orla J. Christensen, Vermillion ∙∙ City of Brookings, Brookings (Mayor Tim Reed and Brookings City Councilors) ∙∙ Judith Danielsen, Bruce ∙∙ Kathleen Danker, Brookings ∙∙ Thomas Dean, Wessington Springs ∙∙ Prudence DeBates, Brookings ∙∙ Tom and Sherry DeBoer (In memory of Charles Larson), Brookings ∙∙ Gary & Suzanne DeBoom, Sioux Falls ∙∙ Delta Dental of South Dakota, Pierre ∙∙ Margaret Denton, Brookings ∙∙ Den- Wil, Inc., Brookings (Dennis Bielfelt) ∙∙ Kristi Desaulniers, Sioux Falls ∙∙ Kathleen Donovan, Brookings ∙∙ Monica Draeger, Sioux Falls ∙∙ Tom Earley, Dell Rapids ∙∙ Janice Ebersdorfer, Mitchell

∙∙ Helen Ellerbach, Littleton, CO ∙∙ Lewayne M. Erickson, Brookings ∙∙ Ann Esse, Sioux Falls ∙∙ Audrey Estebo, Saint Paul, MN ∙∙ Jan and David Allan Evans, Dakota Dunes ∙∙ Gaytha Ten Eyck, Pierre ∙∙ Sheryl Faber, Spirit Lake, IA ∙∙ Federation/State Partnership Pulitzer Award ∙∙ Mary Fiedler, Brookings ∙∙ First Bank & Trust, Brookings (Kevin Tetzlaff, President) ∙∙ Robert and Pat Fishback, Brookings ∙∙ Tom and Mary Beth Fishback, Brookings ∙∙ Mary Freeman, Brandon ∙∙ Friends of the Brookings Public Library, Inc., Brookings ∙∙ Katie Fritz, Sioux Falls ∙∙ Doris Giago, Brookings ∙∙ Alden Gillings, Arvada, CO ∙∙ Glacial Lakes & Prairies Tourism Association, Watertown ∙∙ Keith and Irene Goehring, Volga ∙∙ Sherilyn Goldammer, Sioux Falls ∙∙ Tricia Gomulinski, Knoxville, TN ∙∙ Lillian Greenbaum, Brookings ∙∙ Janet Gritzner, Brookings ∙∙ Kathy Grow, Yankton ∙∙ Nancy T. Hacker, Brookings ∙∙ Lois Haertel, Bruce ∙∙ Mary Alice Halverson, Yankton ∙∙ Candy Hamilton, Rapid City ∙∙ Lois Hart, Watertown ∙∙ Michael and Jean Haug, Castlewood ∙∙ Lillian Haug, Lake Norden ∙∙ Roger Headrick, Flandreau ∙∙ Susie Hendrickson, Brookings ∙∙ Ronald Hill, Rapid City ∙∙ Edward and Joan Hogan, Brookings ∙∙ Larry and Mary Holland, Rock Rapids, IA ∙∙ Richard and Joanie Holm, Brookings ∙∙ Jerome Holtzman, Watertown ∙∙ Dennis Hopfinger and Carolyn Clague, Brookings ∙∙ Maureen Horsley, Ruthven, IA ∙∙ Jay W. Hubner, Yankton ∙∙ Bernie Hunhoff, Yankton ∙∙ John Husmann, Mitchell ∙∙ Liz Hustad, Watertown ∙∙ Karla Hyde, Highmore ∙∙ Bruce and Ila Lushbough, Brookings ∙∙ Joyce Jefferson, Rapid City ∙∙ Katie Jensen, White River ∙∙ Vesta Jensen, Brookings ∙∙ Sandy Jerstad, Sioux Falls ∙∙ Janet Hovey Johnson, Watertown ∙∙ Dr. James L. Johnson, Brookings ∙∙ Thomas Johnson, Yankton

∙∙ Priscilla Jorve, Sioux Falls ∙∙ Alvin Kangas, Lake Norden ∙∙ Esther Knutson, Vermillion ∙∙ Cheryl Koch, Freeman ∙∙ Linda Kottkee, Deadwood ∙∙ Marilyn Kratz, Yankton ∙∙ Barbara Kurtis, Peoria, AZ ∙∙ Carol Kurtzhals, Yankton ∙∙ David Kvernes, Carbondale, IL ∙∙ D. C. Lamphere Studio, Sturgis (Dale Lamphere and Jane Murphy) ∙∙ Joyce Lampson, Brookings ∙∙ Gerald and Alice Lange, Madison ∙∙ Gerry Berger Law, Clear Lake ∙∙ Janice Law, Houston, TX ∙∙ Renae Lehman, Pierre ∙∙ Bonnie Lievan, Brookings ∙∙ Lisa Lindell, Brookings ∙∙ Norma Linn, Brookings ∙∙ John Lyons, Yankton ∙∙ Martha Marken, Brookings ∙∙ Tom Martin, Brookings ∙∙ Jason McEntee, Brookings ∙∙ Connie McKnight, Brookings ∙∙ Mary McQuillen, Sioux Falls ∙∙ Beverly & Jay Mickelson, Pierre ∙∙ Micro Computer Systems, Brookings (Jason Miller) ∙∙ Peggy Miller, Volga ∙∙ Jane Miner, Watertown ∙∙ Lillian Misar, Estelline ∙∙ Marsha Warren Mittman, Spearfish ∙∙ Mary Moeller, Brookings ∙∙ Maurice Monahan, Brookings ∙∙ Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, Wayzata, MN (Jason Ripple) ∙∙ Ruth Morrill, Brookings ∙∙ Denton Morrison, Sarasota, FL ∙∙ Ann Morrow, Custer ∙∙ Sister Eileen Neville, Yankton ∙∙ Genevieve Newell, Rapid City ∙∙ Lawrence Novotny, Brookings


29 | Annual Report Donors South Dakota Humanities Council ∙∙ Sharon Olbertson, Beresford ∙∙ Estelle Pearson, Sisseton ∙∙ Julie Moore Peterson (In memory of Charles Larson), Sturgis ∙∙ Susanne Piplani, Dakota Dunes ∙∙ Pulitzer Prize Board ∙∙ Kathryn Cole Quinones, Bronx, NY ∙∙ Connie and Ken Quirk, Brookings ∙∙ Jill Rallis, Sioux Falls ∙∙ Eric Raveling, Pierre ∙∙ Marian Reed, Rapid City ∙∙ Steve Riedel, Huron ∙∙ Ardelle Lundeen Roberts, Brookings ∙∙ Gail and Rosemary Robertson, Brookings ∙∙ Frances Ruebel-Alberts, Sturgis ∙∙ Rebecca and Dan Schenk, Fort Pierre ∙∙ SD Arts Council, Pierre (Patrick Baker, Director) ∙∙ SD Art Museum, Brookings (Lynn Verschoor, Director) ∙∙ SDSU, College of Arts & Science, Brookings (Dean Dennis Papini) ∙∙ SDSU, English Department, Brookings (Jason McEntee, Department Head) ∙∙ Jerry and Gail Simmons, Sioux Falls ∙∙ Sioux Falls School District, Sioux Falls ∙∙ Col. Orville and Charlotte Smidt, Brookings ∙∙ Vance Sneve and Virginia Driving Hawk Sneve, Rapid City ∙∙ Jack and Linda Stengel, Sioux Falls ∙∙ Peggy Stout, Fort Pierre ∙∙ Harriet Swedlund, Brookings ∙∙ Ron and Jan Tesch, Brookings ∙∙ Keri Thompson, Fort Pierre ∙∙ Mark and Lynne Thompson, Brookings ∙∙ Helen R. Tieszen, Sioux Falls ∙∙ Trucount CPA PC, Brookings (Julie Underwood) ∙∙ Della and Craig Tschetter, Brookings ∙∙ Judy Tulloch, Alcester ∙∙ Kathie Tuntland, Brookings ∙∙ Lesta and Michael Turchen, Hill City ∙∙ United Way of the Black Hills, Rapid City ∙∙ Van Buskirk Companies, Sioux Falls (Myron Van Buskirk) ∙∙ Orval Van Deest (In honor of Violet Van Deest), Madison ∙∙ Nancy Veglahn, Sioux Falls ∙∙ Lynn Verschoor, Brookings ∙∙ Vern Voelzke, Brookings ∙∙ Grace Wangberg, Sinai ∙∙ Merritt and Pam Warren, Brookings ∙∙ Ann and Robert Weisgarber, Sugar Land, TX ∙∙ Gary Westgard, Watertown ∙∙ John and Peg Whalen, Brookings ∙∙ Carol White, Madison ∙∙ Linda Wiley, Spearfish ∙∙ JoAnn A. Willgohs, Brookings ∙∙ Clyde Williams, Starkville, MS ∙∙ Norma and Jerry Wilson, Vermillion

∙∙ Ruby Wilson, Bruce ∙∙ Geoffrey H. and Mary N. Wold, Minnetonka, MN ∙∙ Charles and Sarah Woodard, Brookings ∙∙ Rose Ross Zediker, Elk Point

Endowment Gifts

Sioux Falls Area Community Foundation

∙∙ Katherine Amundson, Sioux Falls ∙∙ R.P. Anderson, Prior Lake, MN ∙∙ Anonymous, Sioux Falls ∙∙ Avera, Sioux Falls ∙∙ AWC Family Foundation, Nashville, TN (Andrea Waitt Carlton) ∙∙ Elizabeth Birmingham, Fargo, ND ∙∙ Brian and Kaija Bonde, Sioux Falls ∙∙ Dick and Sue Brown, Custer ∙∙ Tom and Sherry DeBoer, Brookings ∙∙ Tom and Deb Delaney, Brookings ∙∙ Kristi Desaulniers, Sioux Falls ∙∙ Holly Downing and David Post, Spearfish ∙∙ Wayne Fanebust, Sioux Falls ∙∙ Judy Gaalswyk, Rapid City ∙∙ Sherilyn Goldammer, Sioux Falls ∙∙ Alan Hodgson, Sioux Falls ∙∙ Katie Hunhoff, Yankton ∙∙ Redetta Jensen, Sioux Falls ∙∙ Claudia Kapp, Sioux Falls ∙∙ Joe and Jennifer Kirby Charitable Fund, Sioux Falls ∙∙ Jay Larsen, Brookings ∙∙ Dolores Larson (In memory of Charles Larson), Volga ∙∙ Gerry Berger Law, Clear Lake ∙∙ Jane Leite, Sioux Falls ∙∙ Bonnie Lievan, Brookings ∙∙ Greg Magnuson, Sioux Falls ∙∙ Russell McKnight, Sioux Falls ∙∙ James and Kathy McMahon, Canton ∙∙ Judith and Mark Meierhenry, Sioux Falls ∙∙ Tom and Jean Nicholson, Sioux Falls ∙∙ Judith Quam, Elk Point ∙∙ Betsy Rice, Sioux Falls ∙∙ Riverfront Broadcasting, Yankton (Carolyn Becker) ∙∙ Joel and Susan Rosenthal Charitable Gift Account, Sioux Falls ∙∙ Kyle and Rachel Schaefer, Brookings ∙∙ SDSU, Office of the President, Brookings (President David Chicoine) ∙∙ Charline Smith, Sioux Falls ∙∙ Robert Talley, Sioux Falls ∙∙ Margaret Cash Wegner, Sioux Falls ∙∙ Rich and Jennifer Widman, Brookings ∙∙ Elizabeth Young, Hartfield, VA

South Dakota Community Foundation

∙∙ Loreen Bunkers, Aurora ∙∙ Rebecca Converse, Arlington ∙∙ Tom & Sherry DeBoer, Brookings

∙∙ Kristi Desaulniers, Sioux Falls ∙∙ Kathleen Donovan, Brookings ∙∙ Holly Downing, Spearfish ∙∙ Jacqualyn Fuller, Lead ∙∙ Jessica Andrews, Brookings ∙∙ Emily Haddad, Orono, ME ∙∙ John Husmann, Mitchell ∙∙ Karen Kildahl, Kirkland, WA ∙∙ Nancy Tystad Koupal, Pierre ∙∙ Dolores Larson (In memory of Charles Larson), Volga ∙∙ Jay Larsen, Brookings ∙∙ Steven Lust Automotive, Aberdeen ∙∙ Judith & Mark Meierhenry, Sioux Falls ∙∙ Kent and Zindie Meyers, Spearfish ∙∙ Matthew and Donna Moen, Vermillion ∙∙ Ted Muenster, Vermillion ∙∙ Donald Nemer, Gregory ∙∙ Kenneth and Lavonne Pickering, Pierre ∙∙ Kyle and Rachel Schaefer, Brookings ∙∙ Rebecca Schenk, Fort Pierre ∙∙ Jan Schock, Bowdle ∙∙ Vonnie and Don Shields, Pierre ∙∙ Col. Orville and Charlotte Smidt, Brookings ∙∙ Legia Spicer, Watertown ∙∙ Faith Sullivan, Minneapolis, MN ∙∙ Julie Underwood, Brookings ∙∙ Clyde V. Williams, Starkville, MS ∙∙ Ruth Williams, Wakonda

Black Hills Area Community Foundation

∙∙ Eric Abrahamson and Lois Facer, Rapid City ∙∙ AWC Family Foundation, Nashville, TN (Andrea Waitt Carlton) ∙∙ Reuben J. Bareis, Rapid City ∙∙ Black Hills Area Community Foundation, Rapid City ($3,150 Incentive Match) ∙∙ Dick and Sue Brown, Custer ∙∙ Tom and Sherry DeBoer, Brookings ∙∙ Martin Fashbaugh, Belle Fourche ∙∙ Tom and Mary Beth Fishback, Brookings ∙∙ Jacqualyn Fuller, Lead ∙∙ W. Denny Gemeny, Rapid City ∙∙ Linda M. Hasselstrom, Hermosa ∙∙ Diane Kay & William Kent Krueger, Saint Paul, MN ∙∙ Denise LaRue, Sturgis ∙∙ Carol Merwin, Rapid City ∙∙ Kent and Zindie Meyers, Spearfish ∙∙ Carolyn Mollers, Rapid City ∙∙ Genevieve Newell, Rapid City ∙∙ Northern Hills Federal Credit Union, Sturgis ∙∙ Scott and Linda Rausch, Piedmont ∙∙ Molly Salcone, Spearfish ∙∙ Vonnie and Don Shields, Pierre ∙∙ Lesta and Michael Turchen, Hill City ∙∙ David Wolff, Spearfish ∙∙ Thomas and Sharon Zeller, Rapid City


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he 18-member board of the South Dakota Humanities Council meets three times per year as our governing body. Board members are elected to three-year terms and represent a cross-section of South Dakota’s geography, gender and diversity in backgrounds, higher education, vocations and humanities expertise. At the national level, we belong to the Federation of State Councils. The Federation provides leadership, advocacy and information and hosts an annual conference in the fall to network with 55 other state councils. Humanities on the Hill connects us each year with our Congressional delegates on the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) budget. Tamara St. John

We receive annual support from the Federal/State Partnership, the liaison between NEH and the 56 councils. At the local level, the board discussed the Pulitzer Prizewinning author Jane Smiley’s 2016 One Book SD at the board meeting in April. It was followed by a screening of the “Marilynne Robinson, Louise Erdrich, and Jane Smiley Interview” at the 2015 National Book Festival by PBS correspondent Jeffrey Brown. The three authors have made South Dakota Festival of Books appearances as part of the One Book South Dakota program in 2006, 2008 and 2016. Board members provided enrichment sessions at the 2016 book Festival. “The Role of the Humanities in Public Life” was discussed by SDHC Board Members Eric Abrahamson, Russell McKnight, Julie Moore & Tamara St. John. Dick Brown, Julie Johnson, Judith Meierhenry & Matthew Moen

Board members gather at the 2016 SDHC board meeting in Sioux Falls.

engaged in lively conversation with the audience on the topic “Restoring Civility in Democracy.” At the board’s “Humanities Happenings” November meeting in Rapid City, board members were introduced to the Rapid City Eric School District’s Young Readers Initiative, Abrahamson and they met school officials, the United Way literacy coordinator, and a third grader captivated by Jennifer Richard Jacobson and the Andy Shane series of books.

Board of Directors Judith Meierhenry - Chair; Sioux Falls, Retired Supreme Court Justice Tom Fishback - Chairelect; Brookings, Banker Dr. David Wolff, Treasurer, Spearfish, Retired History Professor Russell McKnight, Secretary; Sioux Falls, Project Leader & Design Consultant

Michelle Deyo-Amende Past Chair; Belle Fourche, Community Center Director Dr. Eric Abrahamson*, Rapid City, Principal Historian Dick Brown, Custer, Fundraising Consultant Katie Hunhoff*, Yankton, Publisher Julie Johnson, Mina, Attorney

Dr. Jason McEntee, Brookings, Department Head - English James E. McMahon, Canton, Attorney Julie Moore-Peterson Sturgis, Library Director Scott Rausch*, Piedmont, Department Head Engineering Whitney Rencountre, Rapid City, Program Coordinator

Vonnie Shields, Pierre, Community Volunteer Tamara St. John, Sisseton, Tribal Archivist

Four members are appointed to serve by the Governor of South Dakota, and two board members are tribal-enrolled. *Indicates Governor Appointee


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South Dakota Festival of Books Sept. 22-24, 2017, in Deadwood Young Readers Festival - Rapid City, Sept. 21

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