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‘Democracy and the Informed Citizen’ What’s True, What’s False and What’s Important?

2018 Program Catalog

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SDHC Staff: Sherry DeBoer, Executive Director Jennifer Widman, Director of the Center for the Book Kyle Schaefer, Program and Development Officer Carolyn Marshall-Speakman, Office Manager Deb Delaney, Staff Assistant

Table of Contents Donate to SDHC...........................1 Festival Preview...............................2 Young Readers One Book............3 2018 Initiative..................................4 2018 One Book...............................5 Get Involved.....................................6 One Stop Programs........................7 Scholar Directory........................8-20

2017 Annual Report Grants...............................................21 Milestones..................................22-23 Fundraising, Advocacy....................24 Festival of Books, Theme..............25 Donors.......................................26-28

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.


From the executive director “Falsehood flies, and the Truth comes limping after it.” - Jonathan Swift

In 1550, the word “fact” first appeared in the English language, 100 years after the Sherry DeBoer, Executive invention of the printing press. It would Director set off the revolution that would create newspapers, and along with it, patterns of democratization and social reorganization now paralleled by Facebook posts, bloggers, citizen Web sites, and 24-hour news cycles. In this context, SDHC is embracing the exploration of “Democracy and the Informed Citizen.” The proliferation of news and information sources of varying quality and relevance leads me to encourage you to join a conversation in the coming months. We will collaborate with the Federation, the Pulitzer Board, the SD Newspaper Association, SDPB, and academic and cultural leaders to explore “What’s true? What’s false? And what’s important?” A Pulitzer Prize-winning national editor will kick off events on April 26, followed by a series of public forums and community-tailored events. Scholars will facilitate Book Club to Go, discussing selections like Overload and the One Book, Informing the News. Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists and authors will bring the issues to life at the SD Festival of Books. Closing events will focus on National Newspaper Week and Native American Day, recognizing the contributions of tribal journalists. In 2000, “it was forecast that more new information would be created in three years than had been created in the previous three hundred thousand years” (From Blur: How to Know What’s True in the Age of Information Overload, by Bill Kovach and Tom Rosenstiel). Browse the offerings in our 2018 Program Catalog and utilize the resources available to navigate the challenges we face today.

From the board chair

“You can’t learn any younger,” my mother would tell me when, as a child, I complained that her assigned task was too hard or that I didn’t know how to do it. Her simple declaration interrupted my whining and prompted my annoyance and stubbornness to give way to the challenge. “OK, I’ll do it,” I would tell my mother and go about the task. As the decades of my life fly by, her wisdom still rings true. One challenge that we all face is navigating the news in this age of constant and diverse information. Just about the time we start to feel comfortable that we understand, something new emerges. We are challenged as citizens to make sense of what is happening in the 24-hour, 7-day-a-week news cycle. The cacophony of instant reporting, tweeting and commentary overloads our senses and intellect. As citizens, we yearn for accurate information we can depend on

to form an opinion. We crave definitive answers and often believe we can quickly access them. How often have you interrupted a Judith conversation to grab Meierhenry, your phone and Board Chair search the web for the answer to a question being discussed? You may find an answer, but it may be wrong. The source may not be dependable. So, how do we determine what to trust? This year, the SDHC programs can help us explore the topic of “Democracy and the Informed Citizen.” I hope you will take advantage of the offerings. Even though it may seem hard, and you aren’t confident you know how to do it, “You can’t learn any younger.” Please join us in learning and discussing how we become informed citizens.

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Meet Your Favorite Author South Dakota Festival of Books Sept. 20-23, 2018 Brookings and Sioux Falls The South Dakota Festival of Books will return to the eastern side of the state this fall to do what it does best: celebrate readers, writers and stories. Festival activities will take place primarily in Brookings, with special events in Sioux Falls, September 20-23.

for History in 2009, whose Most Blessed of the Patriarchs: Thomas Jefferson and the Empire of the Imagination provides a nuanced look at Jefferson’s complicated character • Nate Blakeslee, whose masterful work of narrative non-fiction, American Wolf: A True Story of Survival and Obsession in the West, examines issues of wildlife conservation, land management, hunting ethics and politics • Andy Boyle, Director of Platform Architecture at Axios, who will do double duty with a session on digital media and a humorous talk on his book Adulthood for Beginners: All the Life Secrets Nobody Bothered to Tell You

As part of its “Democracy and the Informed Citizen” initiative, the 2017 Festival will include journalism and social media experts, One Book author Thomas E. Patterson and other notable writers (including Pulitzer Prize winners) who will be announced in the coming months. Patterson, a South Dakota State University graduate, will provide a keynote lecture about his book, Informing the News. Other first-time Festival presenters will include the following: • Caroline Fraser, whose biography Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder was named one of the New York Times 10 Best Books of 2017 • Annette Gordon-Reed, winner of the Pulitzer Prize

Returning fiction favorites will include two former One Book South Dakota authors with new titles: • Leif Enger (Peace Like a River, 2003) will discuss his forthcoming novel, Virgil Wander • William Kent Krueger (Ordinary Grace, 2015) will talk about his latest Cork O’Connor mystery, Desolation Mountain The 2018 Festival will also feature workshops and writers’ support sessions with experienced authors, editors and publishing professionals. Watch for updated event information, including author and event announcements, at

Festival Blog: Find Author Insights, Writing Advice & More Get inside the head of your favorite author. Find inspiration for writing that novel you’ve been putting off. Subscribe today. Did you know it takes Tim O’Brien up to five days to write a page that is “passable”? Or that J. Ryan Stradal included South Dakota in his hit novel Kitchens of the Great Midwest because he vacationed in the Black Hills as a child? Find insight like this from nationally famous writers on our blog, where we interview Festival authors about the inspiration, perspiration and dedication needed to write their novels. We ask authors about everything, from the reason they first started writing to the single line of advice they would offer to any aspiring authors. We also offer essays, book reviews, video coverage and interviews from the Festival.

National Book Award winner and Pulitzer Prize finalist Tim O’Brien at the 2017 South Dakota Fesival of Books in Deadwood. O’Brien is one of several authors we interviewed in-depth prior to their Festival appearance. To read his story, visit http://


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2018 Young Readers One Book S.D.

Kara LaReau was born and raised in Connecticut. After receiving her M.F.A. in Writing, Literature, and Publishing from Emerson College in Boston, Mass., she worked as an editor at nearby Candlewick Press, at Scholastic Press, and via her creative consulting firm, Bluebird Works. Among other celebrated titles, she edited Kate DiCamillo’s Because of Winn-Dixie (winner of a Newbery Honor), The Tiger Rising (finalist for the National Book Award), The Tale of Despereaux (winner of the Newbery Medal), The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane (winner of the Boston Globe Horn Book Award), and the Mercy Watson series. She’s also the author of The Unintentional Adventures of the Bland Sisters, a middle grade trilogy illustrated by Jen Hill; Ugly Fish and Otto: The Boy Who Loved Cars, both illustrated by Scott Magoon; and No Slurping, No Burping! A Tale of Table Manners, illustrated by Lorelay Bové. She lives in Providence, R.I., with her husband, son, and cat.


ouie and Ralphie Ratso’s dad, Big Lou, always says that there are two kinds of people: those who are tough and those who are soft. Louie and Ralphie are tough, tough, tough, just like Big Lou, and they’re going to prove it. But every time they try to show just how tough they are, the Ratso brothers end up accidentally doing good deeds instead. What’ll Big Lou do when he finds out they’ve been acting like softies all over the Big City? Perfect for emerging and reluctant readers, this clever and surprisingly warmhearted chapter book shows that being tough all the time can be really tough.


ouie and Ralphie Ratso have a genius idea: if they clear out the lot down the street, they can use all the junk lying around to build makeshift games for a Big City FunTime Arcade! With their friends to help, they’ll be able to recycle all the old abandoned stuff into whack-amouse, a high-striker, a fortune-telling booth, and more. Everyone says the house next to the lot is haunted, but if Louie just pretends it’s not there, maybe he can ignore the goose bumps he gets every time he looks at it. Ralphie’s head’s not exactly in the game, either, because of some rumors that have been swirling around school. But they’re Ratsos, and like their dad, Big Lou, Ratsos aren’t afraid of anything — right?

YR Festival Preview: 5 Years and Counting The 2018 Young Readers Festival of Books will celebrate five years of building enthusiasm for reading and writing among youth with school visits and public presentations in Sioux Falls September 20 and in the Brookings area September 21-22. Young Readers One Book author Kara LaReau will lead the lineup, speaking in person to at least 3,000 of the almost 7,000 third-graders statewide who will

receive a bind-in of the first two stories in her The Infamous Ratsos series. Other featured books and authors will include the following: • For young children – The World Is Awake: A Celebration of Everyday Blessings by Emmy Award-winning ABC News Correspondent Linsey Davis and South Dakota author Joseph Bottum

• For middle graders – The Girl with More than One Heart by publisher/editor/ author Laura Geringer Bass • For teens and young adults – Born Criminal: Matilda Joslyn Gage, Rebel Suffragist by YA biographer Angelica Shirley Carpenter

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Democracy and the Informed Citizen Initiative Investigating the State of the Media As part of a special partnership created to promote our 2018 programming initiative, “Democracy and the Informed Citizen,” SDHC and the South Dakota Newspaper Association will host a series of public forums focusing on public trust and the media. At least 10 South Dakota forums will feature experts on these topics, including Pulitzer Prize-winning authors or their work, current and former journalists, journalism professors and others. In conjunction with this programming, groups around the state will read and discuss the 2018 One Book South Dakota, Informing the News: The Need for Knowledge-Based Journalism by Thomas E. Patterson. “Democracy and the Informed Citizen” is funded as part of a national initiative supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and administered by the Federation of State Humanities Councils, according to the Federation. “In 2016, as questions related to journalism and the media increased throughout the presidential campaign and in other events, the Federation and Pulitzer again collaborated to develop a new opportunity for programs designed to examine what it means to be an informed citizen in a democracy.” ‘Informing the News’ Anchoring the programming is the 2018 One Book South Dakota, which argues that deeply introspective, or “knowledgebased,” reporting is crucial to the future of democracy and public information (read more on adjacent page). The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation awarded $1.7 million to the Federation of State Humanities Councils in June for “Democracy and the Informed Citizen.” The Federation, which facilitates programming for humanities councils around the U.S., invited councils to submit proposals for the program.

“The work that journalists do to provide news and information every day helps citizens make informed decisions and be more engaged in our democracy,” said SDNA Executive Director David Bordewyk. “This is an essential role for newspapers and all news media in South Dakota.”

“Democracy and the Informed Citizen examines the critical role of journalism and the power of humanities to enrich understanding of local and national issues and inspire civic engagement.” - Federation of State Humanities Councils

“This is a timely and worthwhile program,” said Sherry DeBoer, SDHC executive director. “Once again, we thank The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for their generous support of this initiative and the Pulitzer Prizes for their partnership.” Keynotes Featured in Programming Initiative Working with SDNA, South Dakota Public Broadcasting and other academic and media partners, SDHC will produce keynote events featuring Pulitzer Prize-winning authors and journalists who will explain why critical thinking is so important in the 2018 media environment.

Programming will explore “infoliteracy”—the skills needed to determine source quality, to recognize biases that can distort reporting, and to navigate the proliferating media available to consumers. Events kick off with a lecture by Pulitzer prize-winning executive editor of the Washington Post Martin Baron April 26 at the University of South Dakota. Baron received the 2017 Al Neuharth Award for Excellence in The Media.

SDHC will also host journalism and social media experts at the South Dakota Festival of Books in September, where Patterson will give a keynote lecture about his book. Closing events will focus on National Newspaper Week in October and recognition of Native American journalists with special events on Native American Day. SDHC’s “Book Club to Go” will also feature the One Book author and other selections relating to the theme. To ensure civil and productive discussion, SDHC will host a two-day training in facilitating reflective conversations. The Oregon Humanities Council, nationally known for training facilitators, will work with project scholars and coordinators from both North and South Dakota in early June.

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2018 One Book South Dakota Examines State of the News Thomas E. Patterson says information is the lifeblood of a healthy democracy. His book, Informing the News, will serve as the lifeblood of book discussions and democracythemed programming in 2018. The 2018 SDHC initiative “Democracy and the Informed Citizen” examines the critical role of journalism and the power of the humanities to enrich understanding of local and national issues and inspire citizen engagement.

Join the Discussion

Apply to host a One Book SD reading group at Your $50 application fee will get you up to 30 copies of Informing the News from our Lending Library and a scholar to lead your discussion.

education. The book speaks not only to journalists but to all who are concerned about the integrity of the information on which America’s democracy depends. These are the same two groups targeted by our “Democracy and the Informed Citizen” initiative.

The initiative dovetails perfectly with Patterson’s research-driven argument for in-depth, “knowledgebased” reporting that would bring greater understanding to complicated issues that are often glossed over in the 24/7 news cycle. “Public opinion and debate suffer when citizens are misinformed about current affairs, as is increasingly the case,” says Patterson. “Though the failures of today’s communication system cannot be blamed solely on the news media, they are part of the problem, and the best hope for something better.”

He says that journalists must be deeply informed about the subjects they cover to avoid misinterpretation and manipulation by sources. In this book, derived from a multi-year initiative of the Carnegie Corporation and the Knight Foundation, Patterson calls for a major overhaul of journalism practice and

About the Author: SDSU Grad, Author, Har vard Government Professor Thomas E. Patterson is Bradlee Professor of Government and the Press at the Harvard Kennedy School. Patterson has written several books, in addition to Informing the News.

Thomas E. Patterson

His earlier book, The Vanishing Voter, looks at the causes and consequences of electoral participation, and his book on the media’s political role, Out of Order, received the American Political Science Association’s Graber Award as the best book of the decade in political communication. His first book, The Unseeing Eye, was named by the American Association for Public Opinion Research as one of the 50 most influential books on public opinion in the

past half century. He is also the author of Mass Media Election: How Americans Choose Their President (1980), and two general American government texts: The American Democracy and We the People. His articles have appeared in Political Communication, Journal of Communication, and other academic journals, as well as in the popular press. His research has been funded by the Ford, Markle, Smith-Richardson, Pew, Knight, Carnegie, and National Science foundations. Patterson completed his undergraduate degree at South Dakota State University in Brookings and received his Ph.D from the University of Minnesota in 1971.

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Create A Community Debate, Research Project


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 Direct questions to 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 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.

Other grants (under $1,000) Grants under $1,000 are evaluated on a case by case basis and distributed as funding allows with a rolling deadline.

What Makes a Successful Grant?

Example: Recently Approved Grant from DSU

Dakota State University earned a 2018 discussion grant, “The Cultural Consequences of Computers,” for a series of lectures covering the effect computers have had on rural and small-town life, jurisprudence, the act of reading and human existence. To guide potential applicants, we examined how the grantee aligned its program to our guidelines and subsequently received funding.* 1. Humanities Relevance: Grant discussion programs should approach the topics from the view and perspective of the humanities. This grant’s examination of how burgeoning technology impacts the human condition is a clear humanities component. 2. Humanities Scholarship: Projects must include active participation by a humanities scholar. This is a person trained in one of the humanities disciplines, earning an M.A. or a Ph.D., or an individual whose career and personal history shows commitment to the humanities. Direct involvement by project director Joseph Bottum, the former literary editor of The Weekly Standard who holds a Ph.D. in medieval philosophy, shows that the program will be directed with humanities interest in mind.

3. Advancement of SDHC’s mission: Grants should advance the mission of the South Dakota Humanities Council and promote the humanities in public life. The DSU project brings literary talent to South Dakota and encourages civil conversation about the cultural consequences of computers on the human condition, directly advancing SDHC’s mission of “celebrating literature, promoting civil conversation, and telling the stories that define our state.” 4. Relevance: The cultural consequences of computers is a relevant topic in 2018, which amplified the grantee’s chances of funding. The SDHC annually embraces an initiative, such as 2018’s “Democracy and the Informed Citizen,” and projects relevant to each year’s theme also receive special consideration. Applications must also meet a number of technical specifications, which can be found at sdhumanities. org/grants. Please read the grant guidelines for more information. *SDHC provides guidance and grant guidelines for an SDHC board committee to use to independently evaluate programs and award funding. For more information, please contact Program Officer Kyle Schaefer at kyle@ or 605-688-6113.

Grant guidelines:

Great American Read Coming to PBS in 2018 is a new TV series offering unprecedented digital and community engagement culminating in a national vote for “America’s Best Loved Book.” Designed to spark a national conversation about reading, literacy and the books that have inspired, moved and shaped us, The Great American Read is an eight-part PBS series premiering May 22. Featuring testimonials from notable figures from the entertainment, sports, news and literary worlds, the project will explore

how writers create their imaginary worlds, how we as readers are deeply affected by these stories, and what 100 very different books – sourced from the American public and curated by literary professionals – have to say about our diverse nation, our modern culture and our shared human experience. In partnership with South Dakota Public Broadcasting, SDHC will offer three titles from the Great American Read list as part of our Book Club to Go program! Watch for updates.

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‘One Stop’ Literar y Shopping Three Types of One Stop Programs

2017 One Book SD author J. Ryan Stradal poses for a photo with a book club with copies of his novel, Kitchens of the Great Midwest, part of the SDHC Book Club to Go Library.

1. Book Club to Go - Borrow one of our titles for your book club 2. One Book SD - Borrow our current One Book for your book club 3. Speakers Bureau - Bring a scholar to your community to lead your group in one of the two above options, or to speak on a variety of topics (see page 10). Apply today at y

Book Club to Go Librar y, 2018 Suggestions

The New ‘Book Club to Go’

One Book SD

We offer three One Stop Programs (previously known as Quick Grants) to help your group host humanities programming and events. We have two partner programs, One Book South Dakota and Book Club to Go, and our Speakers Bureau. These programs, which are especially helpful in communities with limited funding, encourage thoughtful community conversations and reading. While the program hasn’t changed, we renamed “Reading Group Toolkits” to “Book Club to Go” to better capture the essence of the program and its intended audience.

Young Readers

The goal of our Book Club to Go is to encourage book clubs and other reading groups to gather and discuss our annual One Book and other literature. Your book club has a plethora of options

South Dakota Stories

∙∙ 2018 - Informing the News ∙∙ 2018 - The Infamous Ratsos

Genre Specific in our lending library. We suggest starting with the current One Book, which has arrived at our office and is ready for lending! We have titles relating to “Democracy and the Informed Citizen,” 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.

∙∙ Fiction - The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri ∙∙ Non Fiction - Buffalo for the Broken Heart by Dan O’Brien ∙∙ Tribal - This Stretch of the River by Oak Lake Writers’ Society (edited by Craig Howe and Kim TallBear)

∙∙ One Room Country School ∙∙ Country Congregations ∙∙ On the Homefront ∙∙ Life on the Farm and Ranch ∙∙ What Makes A South Dakotan?

Great American Read ∙∙ Information to come about selections for this new SDPB program.

Books Relating to 2018 Theme Overload: Finding the Truth in Today’s Deluge of News by Bob Schieffer & H. Andrew Schwartz From the explosion of fake news to the challenges of the 24-hour news cycle, legendary journalist Schieffer examines today’s political journalism. Based on interviews with over 40 media leaders, this book provides an inside look at the changing role of media and asks whether today’s citizens are more informed or just overwhelmed.

Losing the News: The Future of the News that Feeds Democracy by Alex S. Jones Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jones examines the changes sweeping the media and eroding the core news that has been essential to democracy. Amidst dazzling technological innovation, what stands to be lost is the factbased reporting that serves as a watchdog over government, holds the powerful accountable, and gives citizens what they need.

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2018 Scholar Director y What Do Scholars Do? SDHC scholars are available for Speakers Bureau, which includes Chautauqua performances and expertisebased presentations that allow audiences to learn about various topics. They can also lead book discussions at community events for a variety of organizations. The key below indicates the types of programs available from each scholar. SDHC scholars present programs on topics for all ages and backgrounds. SDHC supports nearly 150 Speakers Bureau events annually. OB = One Book South Dakota DC = Democracy and the Informed Citizen BC= Book Club to Go SB = Speakers Bureau SB* = Speakers Bureau Chautauqua performer. Chautauqua actors bring historical characters to life. WSC = Women’s Suffrage Commemoration

Apply to Host a Program Contact the scholar(s) to confirm availability and program for your event. At least four to six weeks before your program, file an online application at Select One Stop Programs to find the online application. Submit your application to the SDHC with the $50 fee. 1. The coordinator and scholar(s) will receive follow-up information from the SDHC office. 2. Promote your event! Be sure to acknowledge the SDHC and NEH in your promotions. 3. Host your event! Be sure to welcome your scholar and thank the SDHC for program support. 4. 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). Only one program has been listed for each Speakers Bureau scholar for space reasons. See all scholar programs and a full index at

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Aronson, Dr. Marilyn Carlson

29615 469th Ave, Beresford, SD 57004 | 605-957-4371 SB, OB, BC, DC Religion and Spirituality in The Northern Plains: A Diversity of Faiths Aronson discusses religion and spirituality in the Northern Plains by describing the difference between the terms religion and spirituality and exploring the topic through a quartet of faiths: Native American, Christianity, Judaism, and Islam. For each faith, she provides historical context and discusses its current status among followers, particularly in South Dakota. Aronson gives a voice to the wide diversity of faiths present on the plains and answers audience questions.

Ball, Kiera

Instructor of English, Presentation College 1500 N Main St, Aberdeen, SD 57401 | 605-229-8438 SB, OB, BC Finding the Sublime in the Prairie: Pastoral Literature and Midwestern Regionalism in Gilead In this adaptation of a conference paper on Marilynne Robinson’s Gilead, Ball explores the unique beauty found on the prairie and in small prairie towns. This presentation can also be adapted to a discussion format or expanded beyond this particular novel.

Barari, Molly MFA 4349 Red Cliff Ter, Rapid City, SD 57702 | 308-440-0047 OB, BC Barari is a writing coach who, in addition to having her own business, teaches creative life writing workshops for older adults through Community Education of the Black Hills. She believes life stories are important heirlooms to be passed from generation to generation and is available to lead SDHC book discussions.

Blegen, Dale

Publisher, De Smet News and Lake Preston Times 409 2nd St SW Box 69, De Smet, SD 57231 | 605-530-1337 SB, DC Democracy and the Informed Citizen Blegen focuses on the idea that democracy begins at home, with emphasis on the role small town newspapers play in informing their readerships of the local issues facing their communities. This concept, of course, has to include the effects of social media and the evolution of “fake news.”

Community members from Agency Village and Sisseton came together to share, exchange and embrace diversity on the 2017 Cultural Diversity Bus Tour in Sisseton, funded by an SDHC grant to the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate.

Boyd, Verna Kay

25627 484th Ave, Garretson, SD 57030 | 605-594-6731 SB Journey into The Past Boyd introduces audiences to the American Indian people who made their homes in southeastern South Dakota – Omaha, Ponca, Ioway – and discusses their traditional way of life. Artifacts, sample trade items, replicas of a dog travois, tools and pottery are discussed and exhibited.

Brown, Roderick Museum Manager PO Box 1071, Mitchell, SD 57301 | 605-996-2122 SB, DC Discovering Dakota: A Look at the People of this Land Through Art & Artifact Brown says everyone came from somewhere, and everyone has a story worthy of telling and worthy of hearing. Adaptable to various ages and interest groups, Brown’s presentation uses art and artifact to tell the stories of the people of this region.

Catches the Enemy, Patricia

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

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Cramer, Marian

Director of Little Prairie School Ingalls Homestead 408 N Calumet Ave #37, De Smet, SD 57231 | 605-270-4904 SB Laura Ingalls Wilder, Family and Friends Cramer discusses Laura Ingalls Wilder and her life with family and friends in De Smet.

Dailey, Rocky Assistant Professor, SDSU Journalism & Mass Comm Box 2235 Yeager Hall 232, Brookings, SD 57007 | 605-688-4171 BC, DC, OB

Darrell Decoteau, Cultural Diversity tour guide, leads a tour at the Sam Brown Log Cabin in Browns Valley, Minn. in an event sponsored by SDHC for the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate.

Cole-Dai, Phyllis Author, Public Speaker 712 6th St, Brookings, SD 57006 | 605-592-6293 SB The 1862 Dakota Uprising Through Sarah Wakefield’s Eyes Cole-Dai invites participants to consider the 1862 Dakota Uprising in Minnesota from the perspective of Sarah Wakefield. The wife of a government physician on the Dakota reservation, Wakefield was captured with her two young children, and later was rumored to have loved Caske, her Dakota captor and protector. After the war, a military tribunal sentenced Caske to death, but perhaps owing to Sarah’s testimony in Caske’s defense, President Lincoln issued an order sparing his life. Yet Caske was among the 38 Dakota warriors hanged in Mankato, Minnesota, on December 26, 1862.

Conrad-Popova, Dyanis

Assistant Professor of Curriculum & Instruction, USD 414 E Clark St, Vermillion, SD 57069 | 540-597-4758 SB, DC Culturally Responsive Teaching Conrad-Popova shares instructional perspectives and practices that recognize the importance of incorporating students’ cultural understandings and worldviews. This is applicable to those in both formal and informal educational settings.

Democracy and the Informed Citizen: First Amendment The results of the latest election cycle have given journalists much to consider in terms of both ethical coverage and access. To become critical consumers of information, we must understand that free speech includes speech we do not agree with from people we may not like. Dailey explains how the First Amendment came to be and how it has been applied over the years. The discussion considers what citizens need to know about the First Amendment and its future.

Daw, Jessica

1119 N Springfield Pl, Sioux Falls, SD 57107 | 605-929-4341 SB A Terrible Splendor Daw discusses the book A Terrible Splendor: 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 illuminates the role of sport in international dynamics.

DeCory, Jace

Professor Emeritus Black Hills State University 1750 College Ln #13 Spearfish, SD 57783 | 605-722-8648 SB Wokicunze – Leadership and the Lakota DecisionMaking Process DeCory discusses how decisions were traditionally made among the Lakota people – individually, in an extended family (tiospaye) and in the community. How can these methods/mechanisms be used today? What is the quality of our relationships with humankind? Is our decision-making system healthy and productive?

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Diggs, Lawrence Presenter/Speaker 104 Carlton Ave, PO Box 41, Roslyn, SD 57261 | 605-486-4536 SB, OB, BC, DC The Weakness of Words and their Impact on Democracy Words are the glue of civilization. They help us to create and maintain democracy. Diggs teaches participants how to recognize deficits in listening and critical thinking and how to understand their impact on decision making. He discusses how and why word meanings get lost and explores potential solutions, like having direct conversations with the goal of creating more meaningful discourse on difficult issues.

Dilenschneider, Anne Counselor, Educator, Consultant, Writer New Idea Counseling 2500 W 49th St Suite 202, Sioux Falls, SD 57105 | 605-906-5404 SB, OB, BC, DC, WSC Healing Our Shared Past, Present, and Future: The Hiawatha Indian Insane Asylum From 1902-1933, Native Americans who misbehaved in boarding schools or alienated reservation agents were sent to the Hiawatha Asylum in Canton. They were so badly mistreated that non-Native staff filed reports to the federal government, even though it meant losing their jobs during the Great Depression. By the time the asylum closed, nearly 400 Natives from across the U.S. had been incarcerated there, and 121 Native Americans from 53 tribes are buried in unmarked graves at the site. Dilenschneider and Jerry Fogg speak about this largely unknown aspect of our shared past so we may begin to heal this wound.

Douglas, Pegie Storyteller Box 925, Hill City, SD 57745 | 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, accompanying herself on guitar.

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Echtenkamp, Kristin

Reference and Instruction Librarian Northern State University Williams Library 1200 S Jay St, Aberdeen, SD 57401 | 605-626-7774 DC Understanding and Sharing Information in the Age of Social Media Facts aren’t always the basis for public opinion and people are often swayed by appeals to their emotions and diverse personal belief systems. It is important to apply evaluation skills to everyday life to ensure positive and professional interactions. In this session, the speakers will showcase tools and strategies to help the audience navigate today’s socially and politically charged information climate. Interactive activities will help participants practice these skills to find and interpret quality information.

Fadness, Arley

Retired Lutheran Clergy 442 Gordon St, Custer, SD 57730 | 605-673-5044 SB South Dakota Bombed by Japanese Balloon during World War II Fadness describes the little-known bombing of South Dakota by Japanese FUGO balloons with incendiary bombs during World War II. Nine thousand balloons were launched from the Japanese mainland in late 1944 and in 1945. Nine landings have been discovered on South Dakota soil. It is speculated that additional dangerous bombs still lurk undetected in remote areas of North America.

Fanebust, Wayne

705 S Phillips Ave, Sioux Falls, SD 57104 | 605-496-8730 SB Chasing Frank and Jesse James Fanebust discusses his book about the James brothers scheduled for release in May. His talk will reveal their improbable and amazing escape through southwestern Bring a Speakers Bureau or Book Club Minnesota, Dakota to Go program to your Territory and Iowa, community for just following the botched $50 (application fee). bank robbery at ‘Book’ a speaker: Northfield, Minn. sdhumanities. Special emphasis will org/onestop be given to the mythical story about the jump across Devil’s Gulch near Garretson.

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Hernandez, Sarah Cultural Historian & Artist 1405 E Walnut St, Sioux Falls, SD 57103 | 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?

832 Fairview Dr, Belle Fourche, SD 57717 | 605-641-5642 SB Crow Dog Gilbert examines the legal and social history of the prosecution of Lower Brule Elder Crow Dog for the death of Spotted Tail. Gilbert discusses Crow Dog’s incarceration in Deadwood for over two years, during which time he became a part of the fabric of Deadwood society, and his life after the legal battle was over, including his actions in the days leading up to the Wounded Knee massacre.

Godfrey, Joyzelle

Independent Scholar 2811 Tierra Dr Apt 107, Lincoln, NE 68516 | 402-613-1200 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 children in the future.

Granholm, Nels Ph.D.

Professor Emeritus 216 Sundance Pass, Brookings, SD 57006 | 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. Granholm will examine aboriginal themes discussed by Robin Wall Kimmerer in Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Knowledge, and The Teachings of the Plants.

124 East Saint Anne St, Rapid City, SD 57701 | 605-545-0354 SB, OB, BC, DC Surprising Friendship: Annie Oakley, Sitting Bull, and the Difference Accurate Information Makes According to Hamilton, the press was a major factor in stirring up fear of the Ghost Dance, leading to the 1890 Massacre at Wounded Knee. (As a reporter she covered the 1990 anniversary ride to commemorate the Massacre, collecting invaluable oral history from descendants of survivors.) The difference between what Annie Oakley learned from Sitting Bull and other Lakota and what the general public gathered from press reports demonstrates the importance of fair press and investigative reporting.

Assistant Professor, SDSU Pugsley Center 301 Box 221, Brookings, SD 57007 | 605-688-4121 SB, BC Toward a Dakota Literary Tradition Hernandez focuses on Dakota literature from 1836 to the present, looking 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. Participants will learn about and appreciate Dakota, Lakota, and Nakota writers for their rich and complex literary traditions.

Hicks, Patrick Writer-in Residence; Associate Professor of English Augustana College 2001 S Summit Ave, Sioux Falls, SD 57197 | 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 photos of the camps, and talk about visiting Auschwitz.

Hollenbeck, Yvonne Cowgirl Poet, Quilter 30549 291st St, Clearfield, SD 57580 | 605-557-3559 SB Patchwork of the Prairie Hollenbeck shows approximately 40 quilts made on prairies of South Dakota and Nebraska by five generations of her family, accompanied by a slide show of photos of the makers, their homes (some sod), and their communities, as well as stories about their lives.

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Horsted, Paul Author 24905 Mica Ridge Rd, Custer, SD 57730|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. The resulting “then and now” images are not only fascinating to see, but also reveal insights into the history, development, and ecology of the Black Hills region.

Hunter, Karla

Associate Professor of Communication Studies, SDSU, Box 2218, Pugsley 115F, Brookings, SD 57007 | 605-212-0894 SB, DC Building Effective Teams This interactive workshop brings together research, discussion, and activities to help work teams harness the strengths and mitigate the weaknesses of diverse workstyles to achieve a task/relationship balance. It’s especially suited to adult learners such as members of civic organizations or college students.

Jacobson, Dylan Comic Book Artist, SD Arts Council 2405 S Bahnson Ave, Sioux Falls, SD 57103 | 605-941-1846 SB*, BC Comics: How They Help Us Local comic book artist Dylan Jacobson discusses the importance of comics as a form of American storytelling. Whether we’re reading or creating them, comics allow us to express ourselves through new and fantastic characters. These experiences can broaden our horizons and offer new perspectives in any situation.

Jefferson, Joyce Principal/Owner Joyce Jefferson Creates Stories in Song PO Box 5007, Rapid City, SD 57709 | 605-393-2680 SB Phenomenal Woman and Other S/Heroes Jefferson presents carefully researched African American history and culture through poetry, song, and narration, conveying a timeless and universal message.

Scholar Nels Granholm speaks to audiences during a 2017 presentation.

Johannesen, Dani

Assistant Professor Univ of Minnesota, Crookston 502 Euclid Ave, Crookston, MN 56716 | 605-354-2706 SB, OB, WSC No Place Like Home: The Origins of Magical Ruralism Rural American culture has evolved in 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 outlines the concept of magical ruralism and demonstrates how magic and re-enchantment figure in contemporary rural narratives and culture.

Johnson, Barbara

Retired Professor of English 511 South Arch St, Aberdeen, SD 57401 | 605-229-5988 SB, OB, BC, DC, WSC Lights of the Prairie: South Dakota Stained Glass Stained glass is an important part of our South Dakota landscape. This PowerPoint presentation covers significant examples of stained glass in all parts of the state.

Jones, Dr. Joanna 10559 West Hwy 14, Spearfish, SD 57783 | 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 discussed literacy topics at state, regional, and national conferences and overseas.

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Jerome Kills Small, a storyteller and singer, speaks to a group during a programin 2017. Kills Small is a longtime South Dakota Humanities Council scholar who specializes in tribal subjects.

Junek, Bruce & Thacker, Tass Owner, Images of the World 612 Saint James St, Rapid City, SD 57701 | 605-348-3432 SB Images of the World Junek and Thacker feature seven programs on different countries, incorporating social studies, art history, natural history, religion, science, and geography. The programs promote cultural and ethnic understanding and respect, global awareness, environmental education and stewardship, intellectual and artistic curiosity, healthy lifestyle choices, goal-setting and the value of pursuing dreams, and personal growth through facing hardships and challenging one’s own inner strengths, fears, and passions.

Kaan, Richard PO Box 222, Hot Springs, SD 57747 | 605-440-1007 SB Black Hills Stagecoach and Freight Wagon Routes Kaan examines the political, cultural, and economic issues affecting the stagecoach and freight wagon routes into the Black Hills from Cheyenne, Wyo., and Sydney, Neb., using timelines, maps, original photos and satellite imagery.

Kills Small, Jerome

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

Kirk, Amy

Author, Writer, Speaker Saddlestrings Freelancing, LLC 26436 SD Hwy 89, Custer, SD 57730 | 605-673-2063 SB Journaling and Discovering Your Journaling Style Kirk teaches participants how to overcome fears, anxieties, and obstacles to keeping a journal and how to tap into a journaling style that works.

Klundt, Lynn

Reference and Instruction Librarian Northern State UniversityWilliams Library 1200 S Jay St, Aberdeen, SD 57401 | 605-626-7773 DC Understanding and Sharing Information in the Age of Social Media Facts aren’t always the basis for public opinion and people are often swayed by appeals to their emotions and diverse personal belief systems; therefore, evaluation skills are necessary to ensure positive and professional interactions. This session emphasizes tools and strategies to help the audience navigate today’s socially and politically charged information climate. Interactive activities will help participants practice these skills to find and interpret quality information.

Lammers, Dirk Author, Journalist Cetera Services, LLC 1516 S Raymond Cir, Sioux Falls, SD 57106 | 605-254-3472 SB, DC Just the Facts: Staying informed in the Era of Social Media, “Fake News” and Clickbait What steps should readers take to stay adequately informed in the era of social media, “fake news” and clickbait? A recent report from the Pew Research Center found that nearly a quarter of Americans acknowledged sharing fake political news online, with 14 percent doing so knowingly. This presentation from veteran journalist Dirk Lammers touches briefly on the history of journalism and journalism ethics while exploring how to gauge whether news sources are real and reliable and how to check facts. Audience members filled South Dakota State University Volstorff Ballroom in 2017 for the appearance of Sybrina Fulton, mother of late teenager Trayvon Martin. The shooting of Martin spurred racial tension across the U.S. Fulton’s presentation was sponsored by SDHC as a part of its 2017 “Race and Civility” theme.

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Benton Lee, MaryJo

Adjunct Assistant Professor Sociology and Rural Studies, SDSU 1124 Fourth St, Brookings, SD 57006 | 605-692-8252 SB Amidst Bombings & Blockades: 4 Community Studies in Yunnan Province That Shaped Worldviews of China Lee examines four community studies completed in China’s Yunnan Province during the 1930s and 1940s, at the height of the Sino-Japanese War. The scholars who conducted these studies were largely unknown to each other, but strongly influenced by social anthropologist Bronislaw Malinowski. Forced into one small corner of China not occupied by the Japanese and working under the most challenging conditions, they produced studies that shaped outsiders’ perspectives for decades and are still regarded as exemplars by sociologists and anthropologists worldwide.

Liebsch, Coleen CEO Books for Kids Program 209 Main Ave PO Box 206, Hayti, SD 57241 | 605-783-7715 SB A Fairy Different Life: A Presentation with Discussion Liebsch begins this session by reading her book in verse, A Fairy Different Life. Its underlying message of anti-bullying leads students to examine their behavior, rather than the behavior of others. Liebsch tells the story of how she participated in bullying as a child and how she carries regret as an adult because of her actions. She even ties her childhood nickname to help young students understand that sometimes things that may seem like bullying are not.

Liegl, Dorothy

Librarian, SD State Library, Retired 2651 Essex Rd, Pierre, SD 57501 | 605-220-4100 OB, BC Liegl is available to lead One Book SD and Book Club to Go 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.

Lofthus, Rich

Professor of History Mount Marty College 801 East 15th St Unit 11, Yankton, SD 57078 | 605-661-4022 SB Over Here, Over There: The World War I Correspondence of the Private John Warns Family Lofthus’ PowerPoint presentation is based on photos, maps, and excerpts from the World War I correspondence of John Warns.


Markley, Bill

Author 803 Bridgeview Ave, Pierre, SD 57501 | 605-224-5322 SB A Search for Truth in the Old West Who wanted Crazy Horse killed? Were Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane lovers? Did Buffalo Bill ride for the Pony Express? Who fired first at the gunfight at the O.K. Corral? Could Custer have survived the Battle of the Little Big Horn? Were the cattle barons justified starting Wyoming’s Johnson County War? Why did the James/Younger Gang raid Minnesota’s Northfield Bank? Markley examines all sides of these and other topics he and coauthor Kellen Cutsforth researched for their 2018 book Calling Down the Thunder: A Search for Truth in the Old West.

Marttila-Losure, Heidi Journalist, Consultant, Entrepreneur Dakotafire Media, LLC 39038 105th St, Frederick, SD 57441 | 605-290-3335 SB, DC A Citizen’s Guide to Navigating the News For democracy to work, voters must be informed. The vast sea of information available today, however, isn’t easy for citizens to navigate. With so many new sources for news, how can you tell what’s good information and what’s the work of shysters? Marttila-Losure takes audiences through a flow chart that helps to teach the increasingly important skill of news literacy. Topics addressed include balance, bias, transparency, journalistic codes of ethics, accountability, and news vs. opinion. She also invites discussion on a Media Bias Chart created by Vanessa Otero.

McDonald, Michael

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

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McEntee, Jason Professor and English Department Head SDSU English Dept 208 Lincoln Ln S, Brookings, SD 57006 | 605-697-8019 SB Strangers in Their Own Land McEntee examines Iraqi Freedom movies in the context of the warrior’s homecoming. He analyzes the “coming home” narrative and studies warrior trauma, re-adjustment, and repatriation as seen in movies.

Miller, John

Professor Emeritus of History, SDSU 1055 Circle Dr, Brookings, SD 57006-1238 | 605-692-7680 SB, DC, OB Social Media, Fake News, Shallow Knowledge, and How Democracy Works In recent years, the American media environment has been transformed. Google, Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, and other emerging technologies have changed the way people spend their time and interact with other people. What has been their impact on the political system? Is democracy in danger, or has it merely changed in ways most people never anticipated? What can and should be done about it?

Mills, Rick Museum Director SD State Railroad Museum 222 Railroad Ave Bldg A PO Box 1070, Hill City, SD 57745-1070 | 605-574-9000 SB Railroading in Territorial Times Mills’ PowerPoint presentation and discussion details the development of agriculture, business, and cultural changes as related to railroading in Dakota Territory from 1861 to statehood in 1889, plus personalized images and information specific to the group or community’s railroads.

Mittman, Marsha

Author, Speaker, Meditation Instructor, Global Traveler PO Box 586, Spearfish, SD 57783 | 605-644-8062 SB Traveling the World as a Single Woman: The Benefits, the Pitfalls, the Joys Marsha Mittman, a veteran traveler, author and speaker who has visited more than 125 countries/islands on six continents, covers topics such as countries considered “safe” today, going it alone vs. joining a tour, where the dollar travels farthest; flight tips, and general safety suggestions.

Mollman, Sandra Kern

Theatre Scholar and Artist 30717 University Rd, Vermillion, SD 57069 | 605-670-9753 SB, DC Theatre, Democracy, and the Informed Citizen Mollman teaches participants how the elements of theatre are used in the reporting and exchange of information today. She explains how comprehension of this concept is imperative to cultivating an informed citizenry and understanding how citizens of the same communities or countries can simultaneously be living in completely different and separate worlds.

Ostrander, Angela Library Supervisor, Faith Public/School Library 204 West 5th St PO Box 172, Faith, SD 57626 | 605-967-2262 OB, BC As a leader/facilitator of One Book South Dakota or Book Club to Go discussions, Ostrander offers participants the opportunity to discuss the selected book, share experiences from their own lives, and participate in hands-on activities. Making connections with others is a very important part of the humanities.

Patrick, Jean L. S. Author, Speaker, Storyteller 204 W Haven #210, Mitchell, SD 57301 | 605-770-7345 SB, OB, BC, DC, WSC Sports, Heroes, and History As a storyteller, Patrick introduces audiences to the hero of her newest nonfiction book, Long-armed Ludy and the First Women’s Olympics. Patrick also presents the connection between sports, academics, and community, as well as hands-on examples of her research and writing process. This interactive presentation is appropriate for all ages.

Pollock, James

Artist Box 555, Pierre, SD 57501 | 605-224-2767 SB Soldier Artists and the Vietnam War From August of 1966 to January of 1970, the U.S. Army sent teams of artists with sketchbooks and paint brushes into Vietnam as part of the U.S. Army Vietnam Combat Artist Program. Pollock was one of 46 artists that participated in the program. Using a digital slide show, he gives a historical overview of the Vietnam soldier art program, along with examples of his art and that of the other 45 soldier artists. This presentation was prepared for, and first given, at the U.S. Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. in 2003.

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Pommersheim, Frank

Professor of Law USD School of Law 414 E Clark St, Vermillion, SD 57069 DC Democracy, the Informed Citizen, and Tribal Sovereignty Pommersheim reviews the history of tribal sovereignty within the context of a pluralist democracy and the role of the informed citizen. What are the accomplishments and what are the challenges?


working of democratic institutions. This presentation aims at understanding that impact and discussing both its effects and ways of coping with them.

Rasmussen, Jane and John

Independent Scholars 217 5th Ave East, Sisseton, SD 57262 | 605-237-6004 SB, OB 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.

Reese, Jim

Writer, Editor Mount Marty College, NEA 611 Augusta Cir, Yankton, SD 57078 | 605-668-1362 SB, DC Connecting with the Criminal in Your Classroom: 10 Years in Prison and What Inmates Teach Me As one of five artists-in-residence throughout the country who are part of the National Endowment for the Arts interagency initiative with Department of Justice’s Federal Bureau of Prisons, Reese established Yankton Federal Prison Camp’s first creative writing workshop and publishing course, editing a yearly journal, 4 P.M. Count, which features creative writing and visual artwork by inmates. His presentation provides current and historical context about incarceration in the United States and examines the effects of programs like his.

Rogers, Larry

Professor of Education Emeritus SDSU 522 Deer Pass, Brookings, SD 57006 | 605-691-6116 SB, DC Social Media, Fake News, Shallow Knowledge, and How Democracy Works The impact of social media (Facebook, Twitter, Google, Snapchat, YouTube, etc.) on Americans has been considerable. One of those areas of impact relates to the

The cast of “The Stavig Letters: The Story of a Norwegian Immigrant” readers theater program includes Rev. Gary Westgard (left) as Lars Stavig, Jane Torness Rasmussen (center) as the narrator, and John Rasmussen (right) as Knut Stavig.The threeperson group has been performing their award-winning “Stavig Letters” presentation as part of the SDHC Speakers Bureau for several years. The program is based on a collection of letters written by Lars and Knut over a period of 50 years. South Dakota Public Broadcasting Television’s production of “The Stavig Letters” was awarded a Regional Emmy by the Upper Midwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences for Historical Documentary. The production was based on the readers theater program performed by Westgard and the Rasmussens.

Roripaugh, Lee Ann Professor of English/SD State Poet Laureate University of South Dakota 208 N Pine St Apt 202, Vermillion, SD 57069 | 605-675-9539 SB Poetry Reading, Book Signing, and Discussion with South Dakota Poet Laureate Lee Ann Roripaugh Roripaugh reads her poetry, followed by a discussion/Q&A session and book signing.

Roseland, Bruce President, SD State Poetry Society 16894 SD Hwy 47, Seneca, SD 57473 | 605-436-6770 BC Roseland facilitates group discussions of books that reflect South Dakota culture and living.

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Seifert, Marty Author, Morgan Books, LLC 1113 East Lyon St, Marshall, MN 56258 | 507-829-7683 SB Presentation of Sundown at Sunrise A book presentation with poster boards by author Marty Seifert. Based on a true story, this historical fiction novel tells the tale of William Kleeman, who ax murders his wife and four children, then hangs himself. The book was No. 2 on Amazon True Crime in the last year and has proven popular with libraries, schools, colleges, book clubs, Rotaries, and other civic groups.

Simpson, Scott The Gypsy Cowbelle, Miss “V” uses song and story explore elements of Western pioneer life. She also shows a documentary that incorporates slides, music, and narrative to depict a one homestead ranch. Performances are followed by engaging discussion. Members of the SDHC Speakers Bureau specialize in a variety of topics, from pioneer life to current politics.

Rozum, Molly

Associate Professor and Ronald R. Nelson Chair of Great Plains and SD History, USD 2323 East Main St, Vermillion, SD 57069 | 605-670-3177 SB, OB, WSC South Dakota Woman Suffrage Rozum presents an overview of the Woman Suffrage Movement in South Dakota with focus on the failed 1890 and successful 1918 campaigns for woman suffrage. Attendees will “meet” the many men and women from across the state (and nation) involved in the movement for woman suffrage in South Dakota and consider the diverse backgrounds and interests of the state’s suffrage advocates.

Schrag, Phyllis

Independent Scholar 2320 Westwind Dr, Ames, IA 50010 | 515-337-1713 SB Frances Perkins: A Powerful Influence Via a PowerPoint presentation, audience members will experience the behind the scenes influence of Frances Perkins on Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal. Through her awareness of women’s work conditions through the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire; her admiration of social reformer Jane Addams and Florence Kelley, founder of New York’s National Consumers League; and her work with New York Governor Al Smith, Perkins rose to a level of significant influence for human causes in FDR’s administration. Learning Specialist, TIE (Technology and Innovation in Education) 821 N 8th St, Spearfish, SD 57783 | 605-641-4289 SB WoLakota Project: Listening to the Elders of the Oceti Sakowin (with Co-Presenter Sharla Steever) Simpson explores elements of the 300-plus Lakota, Dakota and Nakota elder interviews housed on the WoLakota Project website. It can be tailored to be applicable to classroom practice, community work, church or religious settings, parenting, or almost any purpose that includes developing deeper understandings of ourselves and the land we live on through the words, stories, and wisdom of South Dakota’s Indigenous people.

Sneller, Dr. Judy

Professor of English South Dakota School of Mines and Technology 4904 Galena Dr, Rapid City, SD 57702 SB Look Who’s Laughing: The Power of Humor Sneller explores the sociological, political, and philosophical ramifications of humor in our everyday world. From our morning newspaper comics to TV sitcoms to movies that make us laugh, humor is all around us, and, often without our realizing it, influences the ways we look at the world.

Steever, Sharla Learning Specialist, TIE (Technology and Innovation in Education) 1925 Plaza Dr, Rapid City, SD 57702 | 605-394-1876 SB Understanding My Neighbor (with Dr. Scott Simpson) Steever incorporates Native American elder interview videos into discussions where participants reflect personally on the

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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 people know about their neighbors, the more informed they become, leading to positive personal and community relationships.


Sullivan, James

Professor of English Mount Marty College 108 James Pl, Yankton, SD 57078 | 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 30 years. The courses he regularly teaches are Early and Recent American Literature, Recent British Literature, World Literature, and The Novel.

Tennant, Brad

A large crowd watches Dr. Amer Ahmed, scholar and activist, discuss “Islamophobia” and challenges faced by Muslim Americans during his keynote lecture at the Closer Connections Conference 2017 in Sioux Falls, hosted by Lutheran Social Services and Dakota TESL. Lutheran Social Services received a grant to host Ahmed as part of SDHC’s 2017 “Race and Civility” theme, which encouraged organizations to create events promoting peace and understanding.

Professor of History Presentation College 1500 N Main St, Aberdeen, SD 57401 | 605-229-8577 SB, OB, WSC South Dakota during the Progressive Era This presentation places events occurring in South Dakota within the period known as the Progressive Era. Topics include the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in South Dakota, political figures such as Coe Crawford and Peter Norbeck, the impact of the Populist movement on the state and the Progressive Era, and legislation regarding the state’s economy, workers, education, tourism, and more. This program is intended for high school students and the general public.

The Gypsy Cowbelle, Miss “V”

Retired Professor, DSU 4255 Park Dr, Rapid City, SD 57702 | 605-256-6780 OB Sterling is available to lead One Book SD conversations. She is a retired professor from Dakota State University. Sterling taught in the College of Education for 36 years in methods of reading and language arts. Performing Artist, Cowbilly Productions PO Box 809, Thermopolis, WY 82443 | 307-231-9252 SB The Modern-Day Homesteader Presented either as a theme concert or as a showing of the artist’s documentary by the same name, the song and story version explores elements of Western pioneer life, while the documentary incorporates slides, music, and narrative to depict a one homestead ranch. The performances of Miss “V” are followed by engaging discussion.

Stewart, Dr. Christine

Timm, John

Sterling, Vicki 824 9th St, Brookings, SD 57006 | 605-691-3714 SB, OB The Work of Creativity: Principles, Perspective, and Practice This program offers a theory of understanding creativity applicable across creative domains—art, literature, architecture, music, etc.— to explore how to break through creative “blocks” and work as Creatives (or support the Creatives in our lives).

Independent Scholar 925 South Thompson Ave, Sioux Falls, SD 57103 | 605-338-3312 SB* Governor Mellette Timm presents the life and times of Governor Mellette, including his life in Indiana, Civil War service, life in Dakota Territory, and the struggles of early statehood.

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Tinguely, Joseph

Assistant Professor of Philosophy, USD 414 E Clark St, Vermillion, SD 57069 | 605-677-5218 SB, DC On the Limits of Civil Discourse A well-functioning democracy is premised on a commitment to resolving conflict through discourse rather than force. But in a climate characterized by a deep skepticism about “political correctness,” calls for “civil discourse” appear as the problem, not the solution. Tinguely explores the limits of civil discourse and raises the question of what to do when it fails.

Westgard, Gary

Lutheran Pastor , Retired 1340 22nd St NE, Watertown, SD 57201 | 605-882-5733 SB, OB I Shall Miss Bananas Gary Westgard will read from his two books, inviting listeners/readers to see the sacred in the ordinary, to pay attention to moments of grace, and to find joy in being.

Wilson, Norma Ph.D., English Professor Emerita, University of South Dakota 30959 Frog Creek Rd, Vermillion, SD 57069 | 605-670-1843 SB, OB, BC, WSC The Art of Collaboration in Rivers, Wings & Sky and Other Works Since retiring from teaching at USD, Wilson has authored three books: Under the Rainbow: Poems from Mojácar; Memory, Echo, Words; and Rivers, Wings & Sky with visual artist Nancy Losacker. All of these books reflect life in South Dakota, and all involve Wilson’s interactions with other artists. As a poet, she finds inspiration in the landscape and community of artists that surround her. Wilson will engage members of the audience in the process of collaboration as a means of developing their own creativity.

Wilson, Jerry

Author 30959 Frog Creek Rd, Vermillion, SD 57069 | 605-670-1893 SB Citizen of the Natural World The presentation based on Seasons of the Coyote: A Year on Prairie Bluff encourages audience members to engage in the natural world and to tell their own stories of how encounters in the natural world enrich their lives and how investment in that world is essential to its preservation for future generations.

Witt, Lillian

6715 State Hwy 27, Gordon, NE 69343 | 308-360-3029 SB*, OB Dakota Daughters - Chautauqua: Lakota, EuroAmerican, African American Women from these cultures weave a perceived history of Wounded Knee. Former “Three Voices… Speaking from the Past” historical interpreter Jerry Goes In Center rejoins SDHC scholars Joyce Jefferson and Lillian Witt to revive Dakota Daughters. This historical interpretation of the events culminating in the massacre at Wounded Knee Creek in 1890 have been thoroughly researched and historically reenacted to reflect the possible thoughts and feelings of women during that time.

Wright, Robert

Nef Family Chair of Political Economy, Augustana College 5621 S Kerry Ave, Sioux Falls, SD 57197 | 605-274-5312 DC Democracy and the Informed Citizen: The Real Referendum In recent years, initiated ballot measures have been used to create or change economic policies in South Dakota, most of which reduced economic freedom and, hence, both liberty and economic potential. Initiated ballot measures were originally designed to reform the government when it would not/could not do so itself. They were not designed to implement economic policy because most voters, then and now, lack sufficient grasp of economic concepts to vote intelligently on policy, as will be demonstrated by Wright.

Zarzana, James 227 North Hill St, Marshall, MN 56258 | 507-532-9117 SB Getting Started Writing Fiction Zarzana discusses the major parts of writing fiction: plot, characterization, setting. Excellent fiction is driven by strong characters, plausible character interaction, tightly woven plots and more. Zarzana will discuss first-person vs. thirdperson narration, dialogue, and more. This presentation is suitable for any writer from beginner to advanced, and also applies to those interested in writing memoir.

Be in Next Year’s Catalog! We encourage Speakers Bureau scholars to apply each fall for the following year. 2019 scholar applications will be available in October at Scholar applications are reviewed by a committee of SDHC board members. To be included on a list for 2019, call (605) 688-6113 or email info@ The committee reviews scholar applicants’ academic background and presentation experience combined with their knowledge of humanities subjects relevant to South Dakota.


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Popular topics included Race & Civility, Chautauqua programs, and the 2017 One Book, which included 43 events for readers throughout South Dakota.

A Life Devoted to Love, Acting, Humanities In early 2018, the South Dakota Humanities Council lost its longest tenured SDHC Speakers Bureau member. For the first time in 35 years, the “V” section of the South Dakota Humanities Council Speakers Bureau roster is empty. Also destined for emptiness are the South Dakota libraries, theaters, classrooms, and ballrooms that were visited by A.C. Townley, C.J. “Buffalo” Jones, Capt. Jack Crawford and Yukon Bill during the past 35 years. Dakota State University professor emeritus and character actor extraordinaire Orval Van Deest, by far the longesttenured member of the SDHC Speakers Bureau, passed away Feb. 5, 2018. Van Deest portrayed a coterie of colorful characters through the Speakers Bureau beginning in 1983. As a Chautauqua actor, he taught lessons of history through his performances from real people like Hugh Glass to fabricated characters like “Prairie Dog Frank.” While the cleverly devised personas he developed to showcase

South Dakota history are gone now, too, they’ll live on in the memories of those who watched the one-man theater troupe march his way through the Midwest for 35 years. As was shared in his obituary, Orval “devoted his life to his family and friends and to bringing knowledge, enrichment, and enjoyment in education and the arts and humanities to his native state.” In fact, his love for acting was eclipsed only by his passion for his wife, Violet. She inspired him daily, both before and after her death in 2002. A frequent SDHC donor, Van Deest, in honor of his late wife and Speakers Bureau partner, Violet, generously matched donations for the quick grant program dollar for dollar up to $5,000, for a total of $10,000 -- enough to account for 20% of the annual Speakers Bureau budget at the time. Van Deest dedicated his life to the humanities to the very end, having submitted his three 2018 Speakers Bureau programs several weeks ago. A “throwback” in both his portrayals and his own life, Van Deest didn’t use email. Instead, he sent handwritten notes and printed photos in a “do not bend” envelope adorned with block letters: “Please Return.” We’ll miss those envelopes. And we’ll miss Orval.

22 | FY ‘17 Annual Report: Milestones South Dakota Humanities Council

45 Years of Humanities in South Dakota The South Dakota Humanities Council (SDHC), founded in 1972 in response to an act of Congress, is a 501 (c)3 nonprofit and the only cultural organization in the state whose sole mission is to deliver humanities programming to the people of South Dakota. Founder Jack Marken, a humanities professor at SDSU in Brookings, drove efforts to establish a statewide organization that would promote thoughtfulness, literacy, peace, understanding and tolerance. We plan events and programming with his initial vision in mind.

humanities; provide grant funding for community programs and research and discussion projects; and carry out the mission of the South Dakota Center for the Book (an affiliate of the Library of Congress since 2002) through reading and literacy programs and the annual Festival of Books.


The 2017 highlights are a snapshot of the many sociallyconscious, mind-expanding actions inspired by and carried out by the humanities council in the 45 years of our existence. We celebrated these highlights during our 45th year as a statewide advocate for the humanities, working with other partners to foster literary and civic engagement. SDHC is backed by open-minded, thoughtful and generous citizens, such as our Distinguiushed Achievement in the Humanities winners (listed below and on page 25). The South Dakota Humanities Council will continue to celebrate literature, promote civil conversation, and tell the stories that define our state in 2018 and beyond. We’ll continue to promote public programming in the

2017 Distinguished Achievement in the Humanities


ace DeCory is a recently retired Black Hills State University professor. The Spearfish resident and SDHC Speakers Bureau scholar is a Festival volunteer who also advises SDHC with grants, including the Wounded Knee Observance conference at Center for Western Studies in Sioux Falls. DeCory has also worked with the South Dakota Department of Education and Technology (SDDOE) & Innovation In Education (TIE) on their “Listening to the Elders” interviews that are a resource for South Dakota educators who use the Oceti Sakowin Essential Understandings. She has shared foundational knowledge with SDDOE and TIE that has helped them frame their work and better understand the concept of “wolakota.” SDHC supports these programs through an endowment that is part of an NEH Challenge Grant for American Indian teacher education and tribal programs. DeCory explores tribal themes in her Speakers Bureau programs.

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illiam Kent Krueger is the author of the New York Times bestselling Cork O’Connor mystery series, as well as the Edgar Award-winning novel Ordinary Grace, which was the 2015 One Book South Dakota. His most significant involvement with SDHC began with a One Book South Dakota tour to 10 communities, but he first participated in the South Dakota Festival of Books more years ago than he can recall. His generosity has benefitted readers of all ages across the state, and in 2016 his support helped to bring students from Eagle Butte to the Festival. Home is Saint Paul, Minn., where he has written all 18 of his novels in a local coffee shop. Krueger appeared again at the Festival of Books in 2017 and will return in 2018.

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Stepping up for SFACF Challenge SDHC Reaches Endowment Goal One Year Early The Sioux Falls Area Community Foundation hosted the South Dakota Humanities Council December 15 to celebrate SDHC meeting the SFACF “Arts Endowment Challenge.” It marked a momentous achievement for our organization and the generous donors who helped us meet a fundraising milestone that will provide a permanent $200,000 endowment for literar y arts programming in the Sioux Falls area. At the celebration, SDHC board chair Judith Meierhenr y accepted the $50,000 challenge contribution on behalf of SDHC. The South Dakota Humanities Council is the first organization participating in the challenge to achieve its goal and receive a matching grant. SDHC and two local non-profits were chosen in 2015 for the program through a competitive application process. SFACF, which holds and manages the endowment funds, awarded a $1 match for ever y $3 raised in endowment donations by the participating organizations.

Left to Right: SFACF President Andy Patterson, SDHC board member Cathy Clark, past SDHC board member Sheryl Baloun, SFACF board vice chair Scott Christensen, SDHC board chair Judith Meierhenry, SDHC executive director Sherry DeBoer, former SDHC board member Margaret Cash Wegner, former SDHC board chair Jean Nicholson. The above group met at the Sioux Falls Area Community Foundation office early in fiscal year 2018 to celebrate SDHC meeting its fundraising challenge an entire year early.

For video coverage of the event, visit 2017 Distinguished Achievement in the Humanities


he Rapid City Campaign for GradeLevel Reading Initiative was created by United Way of the Black Hills in January 2015 to help children become proficient readers by the end of third grade. The community-wide collaborative effort includes a diverse network of 106 community partners dedicated to identifying solutions for improving school attendance, reducing summer learning loss, addressing the school readiness gap, increasing parent engagement, and promoting the idea that healthy development greatly impacts a child’s ability to learn. Since 2015, SDHC’s collaboration with the United Way and its reading campaign have made it possible for 4,500 second graders to meet acclaimed children’s authors and receive copies of their books.

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ean Nicholson graduated from the University of South Dakota and now resides in Sioux Falls. She is a former South Dakota Humanities Council board chair who has also served as a community leader and volunteer for the SDHC Festival of Books, One Book and Big Read. A longtime donor, Nicholson also has perfect attendance at the Festival of Books, which is in its 15th year. One of her favorite SDHC memories is uniting diverse audiences to discuss To Kill a Mockingbird, and planning events related to the book so readers could learn from each other. She remains active in the Sioux Falls community as a leader of grade school book clubs. Nicholson is also a Founding Board Member for Sioux Falls Osher Lifelong Learning Institute and has served as Augustana University Library Associates Board Chair.

24 | FY ‘17 Annual Report: Fundraising, Advocacy South Dakota Humanities Council

SDHC Boosted by Advocates, Donors Donors respond emphatically, increase donations by $100,000 in ‘17

As a statewide advocate for the humanities, our mission is to celebrate literature, promote civil conversation, and tell the stories that define our state. To fund our programs, we rely on the National Endowment for the Humanities, as well as numerous sponsors and donors. In recent years, to protect our organization from potential cuts in federal funding, we’ve asked our donors to solidify our future through gifts to endowment funds in targeted geographic areas. We’ve also requested financial backing to boost humanities programs and events like the South Dakota Festival of Books. Our supporters have responded emphatically. In FY 2017, we received $322,000 in donations, nearly $100,000 more than our total in 2016. Our donors set the pace for helping us reach two fundraising milestones early in FY 18 and for building cultural capital in these challenging times. They reached deep into their pockets to help us bring multiple Pulitzer Prize-winning authors to the Festival of Books, provide thousands of books to elementary school children and move us closer to our long-term goals. Thank you to our donors who continue to make a difference at the South Dakota Humanities Council by contributing to our Endowment Incentive funds, South

SDHC has significantly ramped up fundraising efforts during the past five years.

Dakota Festival of Books, and Young Readers 1-1 Match. Because of our donors’ generosity, we’re well on our way to reaching or exceeding multiple fundraising goals, including an incentive match at the South Dakota Community Foundation. If you’d like to help us meet these goals, visit or call 605-688-6113.

Advocates Stand Up for SDHC During Funding Crises Our supporters advocated by writing and calling their congressional representatives, writing letters to the editor, supporting us on social media, and more. They also eloquently expressed their thoughts on the importance of the humanities in our blog series “Why the Humanities.” The series featured South Dakotans who are experts in the humanities and others who have been touched by humanities programming. We were honored not only by their support, but also by quotes like this one from former SDHC board member Steve Sanford:

Steve Sanford introduces former national poet laureate Ted Kooser at the Festival of Books.

“The humanities is fully half of our human existence. The pursuit of accomplishments of science and technology must be in the companionship of care for our human selves. This is no argument, but instead the reality we know in our hearts—the smithies of our souls.”

Thanks in part to our allies and advocates in South Dakota and beyond, the elimination of NEH and other federal cultural agencies proposed by President Trump and the Office of Management and Budget was overcome in 2017 by Congressional action, resulting in a slight increase in federal funding for SDHC.

Sanford also wrote an advocacy letter to Congress that was referred to during crucial Interior Committee deliberations toward a federal budget. As of late February 2018, President Trump’s 2019 budget again proposes elimination of NEH and other cultural agencies. Visit to find out how you can help us keep humanities alive in South Dakota.

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15th Anniversar y

Celebrating Where It All Began The 15th annual South Dakota Festival of Books was celebrated in Deadwood, where we turned our first page Oct. 3-5, 2003. The City of Deadwood and other generous donors have provided firm foundations since inception in this charming Old West town with cobblestone streets and many historical attractions -- an enticement for readers and writers alike.

Uniting Readers and Writers Since 2003

Mountain. Butler also served as the final judge for SDHC’s second annual Veterans Writing Prize, presenting checks to three finalists, who read their submissions at a special Festival session. A diverse collection of authors, from the “Queen of Romantic Comedy” Susan Elizabeth Phillips, to television producer-turned “foodie author” J. Ryan Stradal, entertained readers at Deadwood venues. Denise Kiernan told a standing-room-only crowd about researching her book The Girls of Atomic City, while Heid Erdrich introduced her audiences to several short films made from her latest poems.

Readers traveled long distances to the Festival to see Tim O’Brien, who won the National Book Award for his fiction masterpiece, Going After Cacciato, and was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize for The Things They Carried. O’Brien enlightened audience members – many of whom South Dakota authors like Joseph were assigned his books as high Bottum, Linda Hasselstrom, school students – with anecdotes Patrick Hicks, Virginia Driving about Ernest Hemingway, his Hawk Sneve and Nancy Koupal writing, and life in general. led engaging sessions on Midwest He was joined by fellow Vietnam literature, politics, poetry, and Veteran author Robert Olen Butler, more. Between events, hundreds of who won the Pulitzer Prize for readers stopped in Exhibitors’ Hall his collection of stories about the to buy books, meet authors, and aftermath of the Vietnam War, enjoy a piece of cake in celebration A Good Scent from a Strange of the Festival’s 15th Anniversary.

Race, Civility, Lakota Legend For our 45th year of cultural programming statewide, we developed a theme of “Race and Civility” in collaboration with the National Endowment for Humanities Grant Program, “Humanities and the Legacy of Race and Ethnicity in the United States,” created to support public programming that addresses “persistent social, economic, cultural, and racial issues that divide our communities.” We used extra NEH funding to encourage grant proposals aimed at promoting conversations on Race and Civility in South Dakota. The initiative paid cultural dividends, fulfilling our mission of promoting civil conversation and engaging diverse populations with respectful dialogue. South Dakotans found opportunities in their communities to meet highly-accomplished, distinguished scholars who are renowned for bridging cultural gaps. Sybrina Fulton, the mother of Trayvon Martin, encouraged a large crowd at South Dakota State University Volstorff Ballroom to stand up against bigotry and racism. Although she was devasted by what some considered to have been a racially-motivated

S.D. Nelson holds up his children’s book Black Elk’s Vision during “Black Elk’s Legacy in South Dakota & Beyond,” a panel discussion with authors Virginia Driving Hawk Sneve and Philip Deloria at the 2017 Festival of Books. They shared their perspectives on the lasting influence of Black Elk and the book Black Elk Speaks, a featured Book Club to Go selection as part of SDHC’s Race and Civility programming in 2017.

shooting that took her son’s life, Fulton encouraged practicing kindness and understanding rather than bigotry and hatred. South Dakotans also learned from legendary Lakota healer Nicholas Black Elk, the subject of the book Black Elk Speaks by John G. Neihardt, which was featured at the 2017 Festival of Books.

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Annual Fund Donors

(Festival of Books, Young Readers Festival, Young Readers One Book, Speakers Bureau) ∙∙ Beverly Alexander, Sioux Falls ∙∙ AmazonSmile Foundation, Seattle, Wash. ∙∙ The Ament Group at Morgan Stanley Wealth Management, Wayzata, Minn. ∙∙ Lowell Amiotte, Rapid City ∙∙ Anonymous, Rapid City ∙∙ Anonymous, Rapid City ∙∙ Anonymous, Saint Paul, Minn. ∙∙ Anonymous, Sturgis ∙∙ Anonymous, Unknown ∙∙ AWC Family Foundation (Steven Rasmussen), Nashville, Tenn.

∙∙ Joy Prangley Baker, Miller ∙∙ Philip Baker, Brookings ∙∙ Chuck and Mary Lou Berry, Brookings ∙∙ Black Hills Energy, Rapid City ∙∙ Anne Bodman and Andrew Hollander, Sturgis ∙∙ Books-A-Million, Rapid City ∙∙ Sandra Brannan, Rapid City ∙∙ Brass Family Foundation (Lorin and Mary Brass), Lennox

∙∙ Joline Buechler, Java ∙∙ Loreen Bunkers, Aurora ∙∙ Jane C. Case Williams, Custer ∙∙ Diane Clayton, Huron ∙∙ Paul and Mary Ellen Connelly Charitable Fund, Sioux Falls ∙∙ Marian Cramer, De Smet ∙∙ D. C. Lamphere Studio (Dale Lamphere and Jane Murphy), Sturgis ∙∙ City of Deadwood and Deadwood Historic Preservation Commission

∙∙ Tom and Sherry DeBoer, Brookings ∙∙ Margaret Denton, Brookings ∙∙ Kathleen Donovan, Brookings ∙∙ Holly Downing and David Post, Spearfish ∙∙ Vance and Virginia Driving Hawk Sneve, Rapid City ∙∙ Scott and Cari Eastman, Sioux Falls ∙∙ Jessie Easton, Sioux Falls ∙∙ Becky Ellis, Alexandria, Minn. ∙∙ Lynne K. Elwood, Omaha, Neb. ∙∙ Jeanne Emmons, McCook Lake ∙∙ First Bank & Trust (Kevin Tetzlaff, President), Brookings

∙∙ Tom and Mary Beth Fishback, Brookings ∙∙ Audrey Folkestad, Sisseton ∙∙ Friends of the Hill City Public Library W. Denny Gemeny, Rapid City ∙∙ Daniel and Julie Gergen, Yankton ∙∙ Alden Gillings, Arvada, Colo. ∙∙ Kathy Grow, Yankton ∙∙ Marilyn Haley, Mitchell ∙∙ Mary Alice Halverson, Yankton ∙∙ Carol Halverson, Cottage Grove, Ore. ∙∙ Lois Hart, Watertown ∙∙ Lillian Haug, Lake Norden ∙∙ Denise Hill, Spearfish ∙∙ HomeSlice Media Group, Rapid City

∙∙ Dennis Hopfinger and Carolyn Clague, Brookings ∙∙ Stephanie Horsley, Spencer, Iowa ∙∙ Mildred K. Hugghins, Brookings ∙∙ Marilyn Hult, Sioux Falls ∙∙ Esther Hunsaker, Port Orchard, Wash. ∙∙ Kent Hyde, Rapid City ∙∙ Joyce Jefferson, Rapid City ∙∙ Lin Jennewein, Rapid City ∙∙ Kathryn Jensen, White River ∙∙ Dr. Thomas and Brenda Johnson, Yankton ∙∙ John T. Vucurevich Foundation, Rapid City

∙∙ Dan and Arlene Kirby, Sioux Falls ∙∙ Ardelle Kleinsasser, Sioux Falls ∙∙ Cheryl Kleppin, Wessington Springs ∙∙ Marguerite Kleven, Sturgis ∙∙ Nancy Tystad Koupal, Pierre ∙∙ Marilyn Kratz, Yankton ∙∙ Barbara Kurtis, Peoria, Ariz. ∙∙ Gerald and Alice Lange, Madison ∙∙ Bonnie A. Lievan, Brookings ∙∙ Ardelle Lundeen Roberts, Brookings ∙∙ Jack Lyons, Yankton ∙∙ M & P Painting Company (Pat Brennan), Sioux Falls ∙∙ C. Lindekugel Manlove, Custer ∙∙ Jason and Tatum McEntee, Brookings ∙∙ Ellen McGuigan, Rapid City ∙∙ Lily M. Mendoza, Rapid City ∙∙ Jane Miner, Watertown ∙∙ Mary Montoya, Sioux Falls ∙∙ Joan M. Moon, Muncie, Ind. ∙∙ Julie Moore-Peterson, Sturgis ∙∙ Ruth Morrill, Brookings ∙∙ Holly Moseley, Camp Crook ∙∙ Bruce and Laura Hovey Neubert, Rapid City ∙∙ National Endowment for the Humanities ∙∙ Northern Hills Federal Credit Union, Sturgis

∙∙ Sharon Olbertson, Beresford ∙∙ Helen Lynette Olson, Brookings ∙∙ Sue & Rich Parker, Sioux Falls ∙∙ Douglas Petersen, Parade ∙∙ Susanne Piplani, Dakota Dunes ∙∙ Ruth and Eric Raveling, Pierre ∙∙ William Walsh and Jo Roebuck-Pearson, Deadwood ∙∙ Frances Ruebel-Alberts, Sturgis ∙∙ Karen Schleusener, Rapid City ∙∙ Troy N. Schmidt, Hill City ∙∙ Phyllis Schrag, Ames, Iowa ∙∙ Sharon Schramm, Winner ∙∙ Jerry and Gail Simmons, Sioux Falls ∙∙ Orville and Charlotte Smidt, Brookings ∙∙ South Dakota Arts Council, Pierre

∙∙ South Dakota Library Association, Spearfish ∙∙ South Dakota Public Broadcasting, Vermillion

∙∙ David Strain/Dakota West Books, Rapid City ∙∙ Maureen Suga, Sioux Falls ∙∙ Harriet Svec, White ∙∙ TruCount CPA (Julie Underwood), Brookings ∙∙ United Way of the Black Hills, Rapid City

∙∙ Mike and Lesta Turchen, Hill City ∙∙ Orval Van Deest (In honor of Violet Van Deest), Madison ∙∙ Lori Walsh, Sioux Falls ∙∙ Dr. Merritt and Pam Warren, Brookings ∙∙ Lois Wells, Custer ∙∙ Maureen Westbrook, Brookings ∙∙ Christine Wevik, Beresford ∙∙ Jerry and Norma Wilson, Vermillion ∙∙ Geoffrey H. and Mary Noyes Wold, Minnetonka, Minn. ∙∙ David and Nancy Wolff, Spearfish ∙∙ Terry and Nancy Woster, Fort Pierre ∙∙ Rose Ross Zediker, Elk Point

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Eric Abrahamson & Lois Facer, Rapid City Marlyn and Nilah Adams, Sioux Falls Anonymous, Sturgis Anonymous Avera McKennan, Sioux Falls Phil and Jill Baker, Sioux Falls Sheryl and Terry Baloun, Sioux Falls Chuck and Mary Lou Berry, Brookings Doug and Cheryl Beste, Brookings Bonnie Bjork, Rapid City Susy and Jerry Blake, Sioux Falls Elmer Brinkman, Watertown Dick and Sue Brown, Custer Loreen Bunkers, Aurora Lee R. Burd, Sioux Falls Susan Burgard, Pierre Dr. Marilyn Carlson Aronson, Beresford Pioneer Bank & Trust/Clarkson Family Foundation, Belle Fourche

Kay and Rich Coddington, Sioux Falls Virginia Conger, Brookings Loren and Becky Converse, Arlington Nancy Craig, Colorado Springs, Colo. Doug Dams, Marion, Iowa Deadwood History, Inc (Carolyn Weber) Jane Leite and Paul DeBoer, Sioux Falls Lawrence Diggs, Roslyn Holly Downing and David Post, Spearfish Judith Edenstrom, Sioux Falls Audrey Estebo, St. Paul, Minn. Douglas Estes, Rapid City Rod Evans, Aberdeen Sheryl Faber, Spirit Lake, Iowa Kara Flynn, Rapid City Ellen Fockler, Reno, Nev. Pete and Jacqualyn Fuller, Lead Doris Giago, Brookings Sherilyn Goldammer, Sioux Falls Sid and Diane Goss, Deadwood Nels and Dee Granholm, Brookings Joanne Groves, Huron Sheryl Gudvangen, Brookings Beverly Hallstrom, Sioux Falls Jean and Michael Haug, Castlewood

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Mary Hayenga, Spearfish Denise Hill, Spearfish Edward and Joan Hogan, Brookings Joanie and Rick Holm, Brookings Jerome Holtzman, Watertown Dennis Hopfinger and Carolyn Clague, Brookings Maureen Horsley, Ruthven, Iowa Mildred K. Hugghins, Brookings Bernie Hunhoff, Yankton Gustave and Maryann Jacob, Rapid City Barb James, Lily Joyce Jefferson, Rapid City Kathryn Jensen, White River Vesta Jensen, Brookings Sandy Jerstad, Sioux Falls Darrell Johnson Family, Brookings Debra L. Johnson, Superior, Colo. Dr. James L. and Ardis R. Johnson, Brookings Julie M. Johnson, Mina Vernon Joy, Miller Jo and Larry Kallemeyn, Spearfish Fern Kaufman, Vermillion Kathleen Kayl, Gregory Maxine Kinsley, Yankton Dan and Arlene Kirby, Sioux Falls Joan Kjellsen, Sisseton Janet C. Klawiter, Sioux Falls Cheryl Kleppin, Wessington Springs Marilyn Kratz, Yankton Marsha Kumlien, Canton Barbara Kurtis, Peoria, Ari. David Kvernes, Carbondale, Ill. Joyce Lampson, Brookings Kathy and Jay Larsen, Brookings Dennis Larson, Aberdeen

Gerry Berger-Law Bonnie A. Lievan, Brookings Lisa Lindell, Brookings Norma Linn, Brookings Bruce and Ila Lushbough, Brookings Jack Lyons, Yankton Mike MacDonald, Sioux Falls Greg Magnuson, Sioux Falls Brenda L. Martens, Vermillion Jason and Tatum McEntee, Brookings Jim and Connie McKnight, Brookings Carol Merwin, Rapid City


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Beverly Kaye Mickelson, Pierre John and Kathy Miller, Brookings Maurice L. Monahan, Brookings Denton Morrison, Sarasota, Fla. Gordon Mydland, Pierre Janet Naessig, Sioux Falls NEH Challenge Match, Washington, DC John Nelson, Madison Kathy Nelson, Timber Lake Genevieve M. Newell, Rapid City Lawrence Novotny, Brookings Sharon Olbertson, Beresford Helen Lynette Olson, Brookings Karla Pazour, Pukwana Estelle P. Pearson, Sisseton Patricia Pearson, Watertown Mary Perpich, Brookings Phyllis Petersen, Pierre Frank Pommersheim, Vermillion Dorothy Pulscher, Sturgis Connie Quirk, Brookings Mark Sanderson and Susan Randall, Sioux Falls Ruth and Eric Raveling, Pierre Dr. and Mrs. Ron Reed, Rapid City Donus D. Roberts, Watertown Tom and Tammy Roberts, Sioux Falls Chuck and Sybil Rounds, Rapid City Jennifer Schmidtbauer, Brandon Phyllis Schrag, Ames, Iowa SD Community Foundation, Pierre

∙∙ South Dakota Magazine (Katie Hunhoff), Yankton ∙∙ Sioux Falls Area Community Foundation, Sioux Falls

∙∙ Dr. Han and Bang Kim Donor Advised Fund at the South Dakota State University Foundation, Brookings ∙∙ Myrna Stanley, Sioux Falls ∙∙ Vicki Sterling, Rapid City ∙∙ Faith Sullivan, Minneapolis, Minn. ∙∙ Deb Swanson, Dell Rapids ∙∙ Dr. Ron and Jan Tesch, Brookings ∙∙ Marlys R. Thoms, Brookings ∙∙ Kristi Tornquist, Brookings ∙∙ Craig and Della Tschetter, Brookings ∙∙ Mike and Lesta Turchen, Hill City ∙∙ Elizabeth Twomey, Denver, Colo. ∙∙ Kathleen M. Webb, Aberdeen ∙∙ Ann and Robert Weisgarber, Galveston, Tex. ∙∙ E. Stuart Wenzel, Sioux Falls ∙∙ Gary and Vivian Westgard, Watertown ∙∙ Jon Steven and Linda Wiley, Spearfish ∙∙ Ruth Williams, Wakonda ∙∙ Jerry and Norma Wilson, Vermillion ∙∙ David and Nancy Wolff, Spearfish ∙∙ Charles and Sarah Woodard, Brookings ∙∙ Ryan Woodard, Sioux Falls ∙∙ Bruce and Beverly Wosje, Brookings ∙∙ Rose Ross Zediker, Elk Point ∙∙ Nancy Zuercher, Vermillion

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2017 Endowment Donors


∙∙ Priscilla Jorve, Sioux Falls

∙∙ Katherine Amundson, Sioux Falls ∙∙ Wilson and Polly Anderson, Prior Lake, Minn. ∙∙ Anonymous, Sioux Falls ∙∙ Brian and Kaija Bonde, Sioux Falls ∙∙ Lee Burd, Sioux Falls ∙∙ Tom and Connie Earley, Dell Rapids ∙∙ Mary Fiedler, Brookings ∙∙ Nels and Dee Granholm, Brookings ∙∙ Jens Hansen, Meadow ∙∙ Alan and Brenda Hodgson, Sioux Falls ∙∙ Janet Hovey Johnson, Watertown

Dan & Arlene Kirby ∙∙ Joe and Jennifer Kirby, Sioux Falls

∙∙ Russell and Barb McKnight, Sioux Falls ∙∙ James and Kathy McMahon, Canton

∙∙ Peggy Miller, Volga

Tom & Jean Nicholson

∙∙ Larson Family Foundation, Brookings

∙∙ Steve and Kathy Sanford, Sioux Falls ∙∙ Kyle and Rachel Schaefer, Brookings ∙∙ Craig and Della Tschetter, Brookings ∙∙ Margaret Cash Wegner, Sioux Falls ∙∙ Jerry and Norma Wilson, Vermillion ∙∙ Jane Wood, Sioux Falls ∙∙ Charles and Sarah Woodard, Brookings ∙∙ Robin Allen, Ayrshire, Iowa ∙∙ Dr. Marilyn Carlson Aronson, Beresford ∙∙ Avera, Sioux Falls ∙∙ Dorothy Bauske, Flandreau ∙∙ Holly Downing and David Post, Spearfish ∙∙ Judy Gaalswyk, Rapid City ∙∙ David Gilbertson, Pierre ∙∙ Anne Gormley, Pierre ∙∙ Michael and Jean Haug, Castlewood ∙∙ John Husmann, Mitchell ∙∙ Irean Jordan, Faith ∙∙ Alvin Kangas, Lake Norden ∙∙ David Kvernes, Carbondale, Ill. ∙∙ Dennis Larson, Aberdeen

Black Hills Area Community Foundation

∙∙ Martin Fashbaugh, Belle Fourche ∙∙ Linda M. Hasselstrom, Hermosa ∙∙ Molly Salcone, Spearfish

Donate Today The SDHC is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization, funded through a combination of grants from private and public sources and large and small gifts from individual donors. Donations are tax-exempt.

∙∙ Larson Family Foundation, Brookings

∙∙ Rene and Dorothy Liegl, Pierre ∙∙ Steven Lust Automotive (Jim Lust), Aberdeen ∙∙ Carol Merwin, Rapid City ∙∙ Jim and Jody Moritz, Faulkton ∙∙ Demaris A. Nesheim, Hill City ∙∙ Connie Palmer, Pierre ∙∙ Kenneth and Lavonne Pickering, Pierre ∙∙ Judith Quam, Elk Point ∙∙ Kyle and Rachel Schaefer, Brookings ∙∙ Dan and Becky Schenk, Fort Pierre ∙∙ Phyllis Schrag, Ames, Iowa ∙∙ Don and Vonnie Shields, Pierre ∙∙ Faith Sullivan, Minneapolis, Minn. ∙∙ TruCount CPA (Julie Underwood), Brookings ∙∙ Mike and Lesta Turchen, Hill City

SDHC Board of Directors The SDHC Board of Directors meets three times a year at locations throughout the state. A highlight of 2017 occurred during a meeting in Pine Ridge and Kyle, when the board and staff visited the memorial at the site of the Wounded Knee Massacre (pictured at left) and spent time in reflection, led by SDHC board member Whitney Rencountre, SDHC scholar Jace DeCory, and singers from Good Medicine Drum Group.

Members of the SDHC board and staff at the Wounded Knee Massacre Memorial.

Eric Abrahamson,* Secretary Principal Historian, Rapid City Dick Brown Fundraising Consultant, Custer Cathy Clark Retired Banker, Sioux Falls Darlene Farabee* Associate Professor/Chair of English at USD, Vermillion Karen Hall Environmental Engineer and Writer, Rapid City Katie Hunhoff,* Executive Committee, At Large Publisher, Yankton Julie Johnson Attorney, Mina Russell McKnight, Design Consultant, Sioux Falls James E. McMahon Attorney, Canton

2017-18 SDHC Board of Directors The South Dakota Humanities Council maintains a board of 18 South Dakotans who set policy, provide guidance and determine programming goals and missions. The board is composed of citizens with varied backgrounds who serve as volunteer board members. *Four members of the Council board are appointed by the Governor.

The board also met in Yankton, where they toured the historic headquarters of Festival partner South Dakota Magazine, and Chamberlain, where SDHC scholar Lawrence Diggs shared his thoughts on “Rooting Out Racism.�

Judith Meierhenry, Chair Retired Supreme Court Justice, Sioux Falls Julie Moore Peterson Library Director, Sturgis Scott Rausch* Retired Engineer and Professor, Piedmont Whitney Rencountre, Executive Committee At Large Program Coordinator, Rapid City Vonnie Shields Community Volunteer, Sioux Falls Tamara St. John Tribal Archivist, Sisseton Kristi Tornquist Chief University Librarian/Professor at SDSU, Brookings David Wolff, Treasurer Retired History Professor, Spearfish

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We met our Challenge! Early in 2018, we met a $100,000 matching National Endowment for the Humanities Access Grant that will mean $200,000 in additional funding for young readers in 2019, 2020 and 2021. Twitter @sdbookfestival and @sdhumanities web: phone: (605) 688-6113 South Dakota Festival of Books, Sept. 20-23, 2018 Brookings and Sioux Falls 50+ presenters Writing workshops Panel discussions Book signings Poetry readings Children’s activities | (605) 688-6113

2018 SDHC Program Catalog  

Information about South Dakota Humanities Council programming, including the Festival of Books, One Book South Dakota and more!

2018 SDHC Program Catalog  

Information about South Dakota Humanities Council programming, including the Festival of Books, One Book South Dakota and more!