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South Dakota Humanities Council


Explore the 2013 South Dakota Humanities Council Theme Sustainability History Recreation Danger Place

Table of Contents

Sherman Alexie is honored with a tribal song and star quilt prior to his lecture in Brookings, which kicked off the 2012 Festival of Books. Photo courtesy of Andrew Turner

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Overview 2013 Thematic Focus Financial Grant Support: Quick Grants Quick Grants: One Book South Dakota Quick Grant Supplement - One Book Tours Quick Grants: Reading Group Toolkits Suggested Readings - Water Focus Suggested Readings - Muslim Journeys Bookshelf Muslim Journeys Bookshelf Program Statewide Programs - SD Stories Community Conversations Quick Grants - Speakers’ Bureau Speakers’ Bureau Programs (by speaker) Index of Speakers’ Bureau Topics Index of Speakers Who We Reach Major and Mini Grants Grant Photos South Dakota Festival of Books Festival of Books Photos SDHC Board Roster Online Resources

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About Us


Mission Statement

The South Dakota Humanities Council is an independent, non-profit organization that serves as the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). SDHC’s mission is “to support and promote the exchange of ideas to foster a thoughtful and engaged society” and provide public programming in history, literature, archaeology, and other humanities disciplines. SDHC works with museums, libraries, and other cultural, educational, and communitybased organizations across the state to deliver programs to South Dakotans. For more information, please visit us at


We envision a South Dakota: • Where we fulfill our essential human need to tell our stories, satisfy our curiosity, and take action in response to our vision of a better world. • Where we have the tools we need to participate fully in the cultural and civic life of our communities. • Where we celebrate the tapestry of life, family and place that makes South Dakota unique and unifies us in our diversity.

About the SDHC Our sole mission is to deliver humanities programming to the people of South Dakota. As a steward of the state's cultural awareness and heritage, SDHC cultivates statewide interest in South Dakota history, literature and other related humanities subjects, while stimulating an interest in the state's place as part of the universal human experience. The South Dakota Humanities Council strives to bring interesting and illuminating programming to the citizens of our state. Therefore, we are always looking for new grant applicants. If you believe you have a program that could be of value and interest, please consider applying for a grant at

Two young girls hug Cat in the Hat at the 2012 Storybook Land Festival in Aberdeen. Storybook Land Festival is one of SDHC’s treasured grant programs.

You will find more information about our grant programs throughout the Catalog. 3

Thematic Focus: Water

A group of students poses for a photo during a South Dakota Discovery Center “South Dakota History Adventures� tour sponsored in part by the SDHC.


It sustains life and shapes identity. It may provide the setting for our favorite recreational activities and our most frightening experiences. In spite of its importance, we often take it for granted until we have too little, or too much. Because water plays such an integral role in the human experience, SDHC has chosen it as the 2013 thematic programming focus. This focus will permeate all aspects of our programming throughout the year, including quick grants, major and mini grants, One Book SD, and more. The 2013 Festival of Books will also reflect the thematic focus, featuring several writers whose work incorporates the theme. We strongly encourage organizations to apply for major, mini or quick grants to support programs pertaining to water. We look forward to working through this theme, and have provided a list of topics for general exploration (see box to the right). Please call 605-688-6113 or e-mail info@sdhumanities. org if you have any questions about the water theme or applying for a grant.


Sustainability - In many parts of the world, the lack of an adequate supply of clean, fresh water is a leading cause of disease and death, and even in the United States, drought has devastating economic and environmental consequences. History - Throughout our history, humans have moved from a mystical view of water, in which nature, gravity and even gods were thought to control supply, to a utilitarian view of water, in which we use pumps, wells, and other technology to harness its power for our own purposes. Recreation - In the form of lakes, rivers, oceans, and even swimming pools, water has long provided a gathering spot for community activities, a tranquil setting for individual reflection, and a challenging medium for physical exercise. Danger - Recent hurricanes and tsunamis have reminded us that, as important as water is to our survival, it can also be extremely dangerous, even deadly. Place - For many people, time spent near a particular body of water shapes personality and provides a sense of identity and belonging.

Quick Grants

Categories: Participants in the Custer County Library Summer Reading Campfire Kick-off do the “Rabbit Dance,” which was taught to them by Humanities Scholar Belinda Joe and her co-worker Steven Garcia. The library received a grant from SDHC to bring Joe to provide storytelling around the campfire.

One Book South Dakota (Page 6) Reading Group Toolkits (Page 8) Speakers’ Bureau (Page 14)

Guidelines and downloadable promotional materials found at:


Program Requirements

Eligible applicants are cultural and service organizations requesting funding for events taking place in South Dakota and featuring a humanities-based scholar. Local facilitators can also be used for One Book and Reading Group Toolkit programs.

Typical applicants include libraries, book clubs (reading programs only), museums, historical sites, historical societies, parks, tribal entities, K-12 schools, colleges and universities, community centers, service clubs and agencies open to the public.

Minimum audience of 35 people for public presentations (15 for reading programs). Presentation should be held at a facility that has comfortable audience accommodations. Program should be between 30 and 45 minutes with time for questions and answers.

Applicant organizations should put in a good faith effort to advertise and look beyond members to publicize the event.

Application Requirements

How Often May I Apply?

Organizations may apply for THREE Speakers Bureau programs per SDHC fiscal year (Nov. 1- Oct. 31). Programs with multiple presenters doing one presentation count as one program.

The South Dakota Center for the Book, an affiliate of the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, houses the Council’s literary arts programs. Based on availability of requested material, organizations may apply for an unlimited number of reading programs (One Book SD, Reading Group Toolkits). Applicants with open grants cannot apply for additional funding.

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All Quick Grant opportunities have a $40 application fee. Apply online at under the “Programs and Events” tab or click on the quick grants map on the home page Send your application at least 4 weeks in advance of the program. After SDHC receives the application, they will send evaluation forms to you and the scholar. Forms must be returned before scholars are paid. Evaluation forms are also available online at http://www.sdhumanities. org/GrantProjectDirectorInformation.htm


Quick Grants - One Book SD This year’s One Book South Dakota, The Long-Shining Waters by Danielle Sosin, perfectly captures both the magnetism and the menace of water. Featuring the stories of three women living on the shores of Lake Superior during three different eras, the novel “illuminates the mysterious powers of the greatest of the Great Lakes,” according to Milkweed Editions. “The Long-Shining Waters is a historically grounded and elegantly written novel that richly describes the uneasy relationship between humans and fresh water, as told through the eyes of women who led very different lives,” said SDHC board member and Water Task Force chair Matthew Moen.

For a $40 application fee, we will provide reader’s guides and copies of the book for everyone in your discussion group, as well as a scholar to lead the discussion if desired. A study guide and other promotional materials are available at:

Community reading groups around the state will read and discuss the book throughout the spring and summer. Interested readers will also have a chance to meet the author on her 20-city tour (see page 7) or at her keynote lecture at the South Dakota Festival of Books, September 20-22 in Deadwood. We encourage you to join the ongoing, statewide conversation about water and related issues sparked by The LongShining Waters. If you are interested in receiving books from the SDHC lending library and holding a One Book South Dakota discussion led by a community member or humanities scholar, please complete a Quick Grant/One Book application at

2013 One Book South Dakota Discussion Leaders


Dr. Kathy Antonen Rapid City 605-381-8737

Nels Granholm Brookings 605-688-4554

Jean Patrick Mitchell 605-996-2110

Carl Teer Sioux Falls 605-376-5313

Marilyn Carlson Aronson Beresford 605-957-4371

Belinda Joe Ft. Thompson 605-730-1825

Donovin Sprague Rapid City 605-716-9745

Nancy Veglahn Sioux Falls 605-331-3809

Kathleen Danker Brookings 605-692-9506

Barbara Johnson Aberdeen 605-229-5988

Ken Steinken Rapid City 605-348-4895

Gary Westgard Watertown 605-882-5733

Lawrence Diggs Roslyn 605-486-4536

Joanna Jones Spearfish 605-450-0121

Jamie Sullivan Yankton 605-668-1488

Norma Wilson Vermillion 605-624-9279

Lana Dannenbring Eichstadt Wessington 605-354-3589

Dorothy Liegl Pierre 605-220-4100

Bob Swanhorst Sioux Falls 605-321-0521

Quick Grant Supplement One Book Tours If you’ve ever read a book and wished you could talk about it directly with the writer, you’re in luck. This year, the One Book South Dakota program offers a unique opportunity for readers to meet the author, Danielle Sosin, and to get a free copy of her book, The Long-Shining Waters. Each community host will give away 20 books prior to the author’s visit. To promote exploration of the themes in her novel, Sosin will make four week-long book tours throughout the state. These tours will take her to one region of the state each month, as shown on the map below, beginning in June and culminating at the 2013 Festival of Books, September 20-22 in Deadwood. In each tour community, coordinators will have 20 special edition books available to give away to interested readers. 1. 2. 3. 4.

Southwest SD, June 23-29 Eastern SD, July 21-27 North Central SD, Aug. 11-17 Northwest SD, Sept. 15-20

To find out when Sosin will come to your area, visit In advance of Sosin’s visit, SDHC encourages tour hosts to apply for a One Book South Dakota reading and discussion program (see page 6 for details).

About the Author Author Danielle Sosin began writing fiction in the late 1980s, through classes at The Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis. Since then, writing has been central to her life. In 2000, she published her first book, a collection of short stories, Garden Primitives, with Coffee House Press. The stories in the collection span nearly a decade. After the publication of Garden Primitives, she found herself obsessed with an idea that was too large to succeed as a short story. She wanted to write about Lake Superior, to discover what it was about that enormous body of water that so moved and haunted her. The result, eight years later, was The Long-Shining Waters. The Long-Shining Waters was published by Milkweed Editions in 2011. The book was the winner of the Milkweed National Fiction Prize, and a finalist for a Minnesota Book Award and The Midwest Independent Bookseller’s Choice Award. Sosin has received many awards and fellowships from organizations including the Minnesota State Arts Board, the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council and the Loft Literary Center. She lives and works in Duluth, Minnesota.


Quick Grants: Reading Group Toolkits We provide a lending library of nearly 40 titles to aid communities in forming discussion groups. Groups may elect to host an SDHC-sponsored scholar to lead discussions. This program is perfect for book clubs, civic organizations, and libraries. For a full list of titles, please visit

Scholar Kathy Antonen hosts a One Book discussion at the Custer County Library in 2012 featuring Michael Lawson’s Dammed Indians Revisited.

2013 Reading Group Toolkits Discussion Leaders Kathy Antonen Rapid City 605-381-8737 Marilyn Carlson Aronson Beresford 605-957-4371 Lana Dannenbring Eichstadt Wessington 605-354-3589 Lawrence Diggs Roslyn 605-486-4536


Nels Granholm Brookings 605-688-4554 Barbara Johnson Aberdeen 605-229-5988 Joanna Jones Spearfish 605-450-0121 Dorothy Liegl Pierre 605-220-4100 Jean Patrick Mitchell 605-996-2110

Ken Steinken Rapid City 605-348-4895 Jamie Sullivan Yankton 605-668-1488 Carl Teer Sioux Falls 605-376-5313 Norma Wilson Vermillion 605-624-9279

Apply now to bring one of these discussions to your community.

Reading Group Toolkit suggestions: Water focus This year’s thematic focus on Water (see page 4) will permeate all aspects of SDHC’s programming. To help facilitate a meaningful discussion in your community, we suggest the following books which relate closely to this theme:

1. Water: Sustainability/Supply Suggested Reading: Unquenchable: America’s Water Crisis and What to Do About It by Robert Glennon

2. Water: History/Development Suggested Reading: Elixir: A History of Water and Humankind by Brian Fagan/Solar Storms by Linda Hogan

3. Water: Recreation Suggested Reading: Tales of a River Rat: Adventures Along the Mississippi by Kenny Salwey

4. Water: Floods/Storms/Dangers Suggested Reading: Come Into the Water: A Survivor’s Story by Merlyn Magner

5. Water: Personal Connection/Sense of Place Suggested Reading: Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson/ Frozen by Mary Casanova (Young Adult selection) 9

Reading Group Toolkit suggestions To check out Muslim Journeys materials, contact us at 605-688-6113. Apply for a Reading Group Toolkit discussion at:

Bridging Cultures Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys is a collection of 25 books, four DVDs, and other programming resources selected to help public audiences in the United States become more familiar with the people, places, history, faith, and cultures of Muslims around the world and within the U.S. The Bookshelf is intended to address both the need and the desire of the American public for trustworthy and accessible resources about Muslim beliefs and practices and the cultural heritage associated with Islamic civilizations. Applications for the Muslim Journeys Bookshelf were accepted through October 25, 2012. In January 2013, NEH and ALA announced 842 humanities councils and public, academic, and community college libraries awarded the Bookshelf for use in presenting public programs in 2013. SDHC will feature two of these books in specialized programming featuring Humanities Scholar Ahrar Ahmad. Three DVDs will also be available for special screening programs. See adjacent page for more details.

Muslim Journeys materials available for checkout Books:

Minaret by Leila Aboulela A Quiet Revolution by Leila Ahmed The Conference of the Birds by Farid al-Din Attar, translated by Dick Davis and Afkham Darbandi The House of Wisdom: How Arabic Science Saved Ancient Knowledge and Gave Us the Renaissance by Jim Al-Khalili Prince Among Slaves by Terry Alford Islamic Arts by Jonathan Bloom and Sheila Blair Muhammad: A Very Short Introduction by Jonathan A. C. Brown The Columbia Sourcebook of Muslims in the United States, edited by Edward E. Curtis IV In an Antique Land by Amitav Ghosh When Asia Was the World: Traveling Merchants, Scholars, Warriors, and Monks Who Created the “Riches of the East” by Stewart Gordon Leo Africanus by Amin Maalouf, translated by Peter Sluglett The Arabian Nights (anonymous), edited by Muhsin Mahdi, translated by Husain Haddawy In the Country of Men by Hisham Matar The Story of the Qur’an: Its History and Place in Muslim Life by Ingrid Mattson


The Ornament of the World by Maria Rosa Menocal Dreams of Trespass by Fatima Mernissi Rumi: Poet and Mystic, edited and translated by Reynold A. Nicholson *Snow by Orhan Pamuk, translated by Maureen Freely *The Children of Abraham: Judaism, Christianity, Islam by F. E. Peters The Art of Hajj by Venetia Porter House of Stone by Anthony Shadid Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood by Marjane Satrapi Broken Verses by Kamila Shamsie The Butterfly Mosque: A Young American Woman’s Journey to Love and Islam by G. Willow Wilson


Prince Among Slaves (directed by Andrea Kalin, produced by Unity Productions Foundation, 2007) Islamic Art: Mirror of the Invisible World (directed by Rob Gardner, produced by Unity Productions Foundation, 2011) Koran by Heart (directed by Greg Barker, produced by HBO documentary films, 2011) *Multiple copies of these books will be available. See adjacent page for more details.

Muslim Journeys Bookshelf It’s the world’s second largest religion, but for many people, Islam remains shrouded in mystery and misunderstanding. A unique program offered by the South Dakota Humanities Council offers insight into the culture, history and diversity of Muslims around the world. SDHC is one of 842 libraries and state humanities councils across the country selected to receive the Bridging Cultures Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the American Library Association (ALA). Muslim Journeys draws upon books, films, web resources and library-based discussion programs to invite readers to explore and discuss the people, places, histories and cultures of Muslims in the United States and around the world. Organized into five themes designed to facilitate conversation, the Muslim Journeys Bookshelf collection consists of 25 books, three documentary films and a series of seven short videos, “Islamic Art Spots.” Using these resources, SDHC will offer three humanities programs, which communities may apply to host singly or as a series. • • •

Program 1: Understanding Judaism, Christianity & Islam—The Children of Abraham by F.E. Peters Program 2: Exploring Islam through Fiction—Snow by Orhan Pamuk, translated by Maureen Freely Program 3: Film Screening and Conversation—Choice of DVD (Islamic Art: Mirror of the Invisible World, Koran by Heart or Prince Among Slaves)

Humanities Scholar Ahrar Ahmad, professor of political science at Black Hills State University, will be available to lead discussions for the first two programs. “There are some rich and rewarding possibilities here, opportunities that we can explore to provoke us to think, encourage us to learn and reaffirm our essential humanity,” Ahmad said. Multiple copies of the books by Peters and Pamuk will be available on loan as part of SDHC's packaged Reading Group Toolkit program, and all of the other Bookshelf resources will be available for individual checkout. The books and films comprising the Bookshelf were selected with the advice of librarians and cultural programming experts, as well as distinguished scholars in the fields of anthropology, world history, religious studies, interfaith dialogue, the history of art and architecture, world literature, Middle East studies, Southeast Asian studies, African studies and Islamic studies. For more detailed information on Bookshelf resources, as well as related readings, please visit http://bridgingcultures.

The Bridging Cultures Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys is a project of the National Endowment for the Humanities, conducted in cooperation with the American Library Association. Support was provided by a grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York. Additional support for the arts and media components was provided by the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art. Fifteenth-century map by Piri Reis of the coastline of Andalusia and the city of Grenada. Photo ©The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. Borders: Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.: Purchase, F1932.20, and F1931.32. Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.: Purchase—Smithsonian Unrestricted Trust Funds, Smithsonian Collections Acquisition Program, and Dr. Arthur M. Sackler, S1986.221


South Dakota Stories To purchase a book from the South Dakota Stories collection, please call 605-688-6113 or email


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The South Dakota Humanities Council has published five collections of stories written by and about the people of South Dakota: Life on the Farm and Ranch, One-Room Country School, On The Homefront, Country Congregations and What Makes A South Dakotan?, stories born in various chapters of our state’s history. Each collection documents life in South Dakota. What Makes A South Dakotan? has been well-received and has sparked a variety of unique discussions and definitions. “It is a whirlwind of stories that do justice to a remarkable territory.” -Susan Power, author, Standing Rock Sioux “This may be the most audacious publishing effort in state history.” -Katie Hunhoff, South Dakota Magazine “Ideally, this sense of being a South Dakotan isn’t tied to a street address or occupation. It stems from a succession of experiences that foster familiarity and make you feel right at home, regardless of where you started. - Stu Whitney (Sioux Falls Argus Leader)


Community Conversations What Makes a South Dakotan? This is your chance to dig deeper into the many possible responses to a question that’s already started people talking: What Makes a South Dakotan? That question was the impetus for the latest publication in our South Dakota Stories series. In celebration of our 40th anniversary last year, we set out to create a book with special meaning to South Dakotans. We started by asking people to explore what it truly means to be a South Dakotan. The response was tremendous. Citizens met for Civic Reflection gatherings hosted around the state by humanities scholars, discussing potential entries and developing their own thoughts on the question. Then, current and former South Dakotans sent us many well-written and thoughtful submissions. The overwhelming public input enabled us to create a book, What Makes a South Dakotan?, What Makes A South Dakotan? co-editor John Miller speaks at the book release party at the that represents the best of our state and its 2013 Festival of Books in Sioux Falls. Miller was one of the Civic Reflection conversation leaders leading up to the creation of the book. people. Now, we’re bringing the Civic Reflection process full circle by presenting community conversations based on the wide-ranging and thought-provoking submissions to the book. A total of 20 book clubs, libraries, historical societies, museums, and other cultural or community organizations will host a discussion of What Makes a South Dakotan? They will collect ideas for a Volume II, and coordinators will give away books to bring attention to the scheduled conversations. Either join one of the Community Conversations, or take a look at the list of discussion leaders below and consider bringing one of them to your town for your own discussion about what it means to be a true South Dakotan.

2013 Community Conversations discussion leaders Dr. Kathy Antonen Rapid City 605-381-8737

Jane Green Clark 605-532-5113

Dorothy Liegl Pierre 605-220-4100

Bruce Roseland Seneca 605-436-6770

Marilyn Carlson Aronson Beresford 605-957-4371

Joyce Jefferson Rapid City 605-393-2680

John Miller Brookings 605-692-7680

Gary Westgard Watertown 605-882-5733

Lana Dannenbring Eichstadt Wessington 605-354-3589

Barbara Johnson Aberdeen 605-229-5988

Jean Patrick Mitchell 605-996-2110

Norma Wilson Vermillion 605-624-9279

Lawrence Diggs Roslyn 605-486-4536

Joanna Jones Spearfish 605-450-0121

Frank Pommersheim Vermillion 605-677-6350

Lillian Witt Gordon, Neb. 605-890-1097


Quick Grants - Speakers’ Bureau Complete an application form online:

Our Speakers will bring history to life in your community.

Picture yourself on a boat in the Missouri River where you are getting a firsthand education from none other than Meriwether Lewis about what he and William Clark encountered on their legendary transcontinental expedition in the early 19th century. Or imagine listening to the history of Sitting Bull as told by the daughter of Sitting Bull, from the time prior to Euro-American contact up to the Wounded Knee Massacre. History comes alive through Chautauquastyle presentations from our many available speakers. The South Dakota Humanities Council also offers traditional speakers in several humanities disciplines. For a small application fee of $40, it's possible to bring renowned scholars to your community to present on interesting subjects for groups of all ages and backgrounds. Funding is provided by the South Dakota Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities.


Speakers’ Bureau Programs The following is a list of Speakers Bureau/ Chautauqua programs available for 2013. Please note that the programs are listed by speaker. For alphabetical lists of speakers and topics, please see pages 23-24. Most of the presenters have more than one program, but only one has been listed for each. The full list of programs can be found at:

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Contact the presenter(s) to confirm availability. Complete an application form online at Submit the application and $40 fee at least four weeks before the program. SDHC will send a confirmation email to both the coordinator and the presenter(s). Please publicize the event, acknowledging SDHC and NEH support, and download supporting promotional materials from our website. At the event, the sponsor should welcome and introduce the speaker and acknowledge SDHC support. Complete the evaluation form and return it to SDHC within two weeks after the presentation. Speakers will be paid by SDHC directly once the evaluation is received.

Abrahamson, Eric (Rapid City) Historian 1422 Clark St. Rapid City, SD 57701 605-484-3820

Snake Charmer - Earl Brockelsby

Reptile Gardens and the development of tourism in the Black Hills.

Antonen, Kathy (Rapid City) Professor of English, SDSM&T 3841 Pebble Beach Ct. Rapid City, SD 57703 605-381-8737

The Resurrection of 470 Acres: A Story of the Land During the Dirty 30s

A look at the resurrection of 470 acres in Beadle County, SD, when drought and wind ravaged the land. The presentation is told from the perspective of a German immigrant farmer and his family.

Carlson Aronson, Marilyn (Beresford) Academic Dean, retired 29615 469th Ave. Beresford, SD 57004 605-957-4371

19th Century American Scribbling Women

Compares and contrasts writers Eudora Welty and Kate Cleary, both of whom used “home place” as the dominant theme in their work. Welty, often designated as one of the most notable 20th century Southern regionalists, is compared to Cleary, a little-known 19th century Nebraska writer. Both writers show the importance of early writing by pioneeer women.

Oglala Lakota tribal members Beatrice Long Visitor Holy Dance and Rita Long Visitor Holy Dance listen carefully during a presentation in 2012 relating to the film “What’s in the Heart,” which was produced by Kitty Farmer via an SDHC grant. Photo by Kitty Farmer.

Carpenter-Nolting, Deb (Bushnell, NE) Instructor P.O. Box 68 Bushnell, NE 69129 308-360-0756

Well-behaved Women Seldom Make History

Delves into “her-story” with colorful female characters, including Pearl Hart, Baby Doe Tabor and the women who assisted in progressing the Underground Railroad through quilt messages. Presented with Lyn Messersmith.



Hoffman Ellis, Konnie (Rapid City) Author/Teacher/Musician 2600 Plateau Lane Rapid City, SD 57703 605-393-9512

Adaptive Techniques of Blindness

Practical tips and advice told from a blind person’s perspective.

Cramer, Marian (Bryant)

Ellwein, Arch (Sidney, MT)

An Hour with Laura Ingalls Wilder

Set in 1900, this champion buffalo hunter, army scout and dispatch rider brings the late 19th century back to life.

Director Little Prairie School, Ingalls Homestead 42936 196th St. Bryant, SD 57221 605-625-5865

Cramer performs three separate versions of this program, including Laura sharing stories from her family, a teacher operating class like Laura taught, and the story of Pa digging a well and filing a homestead claim.

Independent Scholar PO Box 333 Sidney, MT 59270 406-488-5109

Buffalo Hunter Yellowstone Vic Smith

DeCory, Jace (Spearfish)

Gingway Godfrey, Joyzelle (Lincoln, NE)

Traditional Lakota Philosophy

Lewis and Clark Meet the Sioux

Instructor 1750 College Lane #13 Spearfish, SD 57783 605-642-6295

This program highlights the relevance of Lakota Philosophy for tribal people today.

Diggs, Lawrence (Roslyn)

Independent Scholar 2811 Tierra Dr. Apt. 107 Lincoln, NE 68516 402-470-3810

Exploring the story of a family on the Lower Brule Sioux Reservation in South Dakota that is descended from Meriwether Lewis, according to the family’s oral history.

Interactive Presenter 104 West Carlton Ave. Roslyn, SD 57261 605-486-4536

Erasing Imaginary Lines, Escaping Cultural Imprisonment

Though culture is viewed as a fort, if we come to believe that we are determined or limited by culture, culture becomes a prison. Diggs has an escape plan.

Draper, Darrel (Omaha) Historical Educator/Entertainer 5140 Parker St. Omaha, NE 68104 402-553-8117

Roosevelt: Rough Rider President

A portrayal of President Roosevelt’s personal and political life, including information on his ranch life in Dakota Territory.


SDHC Scholar Joyce Jefferson standing next to the grave of Sarah Campbell. Jefferson has performed a variety of programs during multiple years as a SDHC Scholar.

G-J Granholm, Nels (Brookings) Professor Emeritus, SDSU (Global Studies) SWH 216, Box 510 Brookings, SD 57006 605-688-4554

21st Century Global Perspectives

Why should we know about (and do something about) global warming, global resource depletion, food insecurity and global poverty.

Janis, Valerie (Rapid City) Author/photographer/conservation biologist 14252 W. Nike Loop Rapid City, SD 57701 605-441-1113

The Beauty of Solar Cookers

Janis, a scholar with a degree in environmental science, explains how to build a solar cooker. She also discusses the benefits and recipes.

Green, Jane (Clark)

Jefferson, Joyce (Rapid City)

Memoir Writing

Who is Aunt Lou?

Independent Scholar 43336 171st St. Clark, SD 57225 605-532-5113

Green explains to attendees how to begin writing one’s memoirs. Participants leave with a completed story they wrote under Green’s instruction.

Hicks, Patrick (Sioux Falls) Writer-in-Residence 301 W. 29th St. Sioux Falls, SD 57105 605-274-5434

At Auschwitz and the Other Camps: Doing Research & Writing about a Nazi Concentration Camp

Hicks will discuss his current novel in progress, which takes place at Auschwitz. In this presentation, Hicks will read passages from his manuscript and talk about what it was like to visit Auschwitz.

Horsted, Paul (Custer) Photographer 24905 Mica Ridge Road Custer, SD 57730 605-673-3685

Exploring with Custer

Working from more than 10 years of research, we follow Custer’s trail from Ft. Lincoln, to the site of gold discovery in the Black Hills, and back again; we look at diaries, journals and other first-hand sources and examine some 50 “then & now” images based on the first photographs ever taken in the Black HIlls by Custer’s photographer.

Owner of Joyce Jefferson Creates Stories in Song 4009 Terry Dr. Rapid City, SD 57703 605-393-2680

They wrote about Lucretia Marchbanks in the Deadwood newspapers. Learn what they said about this pioneer woman of the Black Hills as Joyce Jefferson brings her story to life, 100 years after her death.

Joe, Belinda (Ft. Thompson) Culture and Education Specialist P.O. Box 345 Ft. Thompson, SD 57339 605-730-1825

Mini Wiconi - Water of Life: A Dakota Passage, Journey, and Song

In many cultures, there is an important philosophy that is shared with our youth and people: “know where you come from, know who you are today and know where you are going.” The Dakota story Joe shares tells a story of how the Mighty Missouri River brought the Dakota to the Dakota homelands and how it sustained us.

Johnson, Barbara (Aberdeen) Independent Scholar 511 South Arch St. Aberdeen, SD 57401 605-229-5988

South Dakota Stained Glass Project

This presentation discusses how stained glass windows are produced, including the role of immigrants in designing, producing, and bringing to South Dakota these beautiful works of art that are present throughout our state.



Kant, Joanita (Brookings) Graduate Research Assistant (SDSU) 320 17th Ave. Brookings, SD 57006 605-692-2594

Quill and Beadwork of the SD Sioux Indians

This program showcases how beads and porcupine quills were used from the time of Christopher Columbus to the present. The focus is their use among the Sioux.

Johnson, Rebecca (Sioux Falls)

Kills Small, Jerome (Utica)

Journey into the Deep: Meet Weird and Wonderful Creatures from the Deep Sea

Harvest and the Use of Medicines and Foods in the Siouan Homelands

Jones, Joanna (Spearfish)

Kolbe, Robert (Sioux Falls)

Enjoying Literature Together

History of Photography

Author 1220 S. Main Ave. Sioux Falls, SD 57105 605-339-2081

Vivid images transport you into the deep sea, where scientists have found thousands of strange new species as a result of exploration made during the 2000-2010 international Census of Marine Life. COML discoveries formed the basis of Johnson’s most recent book, Journey into the Deep: Discovering New Ocean Creatures. Jones Literature Consultant 10559 W. Hwy 14 Spearfish, SD 57783 605-450-0121

Using grade level common core standards, students discuss selected literature with the presenter. Participants help to focus usable strategies to enhance reading comprehension.

Retired Instructor (USD) P.O. Box 95 Utica, SD 57067 605-665-0739

Mr. Kills Small tells of the right times to harvest roots, fruit and other plants. He describes the harvest locations and details how to use some of the foods and medicines in ceremonies and in the home. He explains harvest methods that ensure plants can grow strong for future generations. History Speaker 636 W. 21st St. Sioux Falls, SD 57105 605-360-0031

From Daguerreotype to postcards, photography has been both an art form and a means of communication as well as a record of our history (illustrated with photos).

Junek, Bruce and Thacker, Tass (Rapid City) Co-owners of Images of the World 612 Saint James St. Rapid City, SD 57701 605-348-3432

Mummies and Mosques

A slide presentation on ancient civilizations and Islamic culture: a three-month bicycle trip through Egypt, Jordan, Greece, and Turkey. How were two Americans treated in Muslim countries post 9/11? The answer may surprise you.


SDHC Scholars Bruce Junek and Tass Thacker present at the 2012 Festival of Books.

M-P Miller, John (Brookings) Writer/Historian 1055 Circle Dr. Brookings, SD 57006 605-692-7680

The Making of a Politician

Presenter is the author or editor of several books on Midwestern and South Dakotan politics and many articles on the subject. He currently is writing a political biography of George McGovern. Miller interviewed McGovern and has been working with the McGovern papers at Princeton University, several Presidential libraries and other sources. The Orlando Chamber Soloists perform their Teddy Bear Concert Series at General Beadle Elementary School in Rapid City.

Markley, Bill (Pierre) Writer 803 Bridgeview Ave. Pierre, SD 57501 605-224-5322

Dakota Epic

Markley discusses a journal he kept during filming of Dances With Wolves.

McDonald, Michael (Yankton) Singer/Songwriter 2609 Mulligan Dr. Yankton, SD 57078 605-664-7672

Travels of the Corps/Lewis and Clark in Song and Story

Celebrates the spirit of America outdoor adventuring through songs and stories about the Corps of Discovery expedition of 1804-1806.

Moeller, Rosemary (St. Lawrence) Writer/Farmer 19831 369th Ave. St. Lawrence, SD 57373 605-853-2667

Writing about Traveling from a Midwestern Perspective

Examples from Moeller’s work from journals and newspapers will be presented along with workshop activities for writers called “Interviewing a Place.”

Patrick, Jean (Mitchell) Author/Speaker 40519 258th St. Mitchell, SD 57301 605-996-2110

The Writer’s Life

Learn about an author’s daily routines and challenges, including information about the process of getting a book or magazine article published. Unique opportunities for young people are discussed.

McEntee, Jason (Brookings)

Pengra, Lilah (Buffalo Gap)

Strangers in Their Own Land

John Brazeau: General Harney’s Spy

English Professor (SDSU) 208 Lincoln Ln. S. Brookings, SD 57006 605-697-8019

Examines Iraqi Freedom movies in the context of the warrior’s “coming home” story. Analyzes the “coming home” narrative as well as studies both trauma and warrior re-adjustment and repatriation seen in movies.

Independent Scholar P.O. Box 126 Buffalo Gap, SD 57722 605-255-4605

Brazeau worked in the fur trade from Sioux City to Fort Union. His grandson was the first head of Indian Police on Pine Ridge. Military documents reveal that he might even have worked as a spy.


P-R Roripaugh, Lee Ann (Vermillion) Poet and Writer/Editor in Chief of South Dakota Review 208 N. Pine St. #201 Vermillion, SD 57069 605-675-9539

South Dakota Review

Talks, readings and discussion about the state’s 50-yearold literary journal published at the University of South Dakota.

Pommersheim, Frank (Vermillion)

Roseland, Bruce (Seneca)

American Indians, Justice and Diversity: The Continuing Challenge

Heart of the Prairie

Rasmussen, Jane and John (Sisseton)

Rumpca, Ronette (Pierre)

The Stavig Letters

Hands On! South Dakota Immigrants Through Objects and Archival Materials

Law Professor (USD) 414 E. Clark St. Vermillion, SD 57069 605-677-6350

A look at the meaning of justice and diversity and the application of these concepts to situations in South Dakota.

Independent Scholars 217 5th Ave. E. Sisseton, SD 57262 605-698-3025

Readers’ theater about the immigrant experience based on a collection of letters between two brothers, one who emigrated to Dakota Territory in 1876 and the other who stayed in Norway. Documentary on the subject is also available by calling 605-688-6113. Presented by John and Jane Rasmussen and Gary Westgard.

Rancher/Writer/Coach/Scholar 16894 SD Hwy. 47 Seneca, SD 57473 605-436-6770

Poetry readings tailored to life on the Missouri Coteau and memoir writing with Plain Jane Green, featuring poetry selections by Bruce, story-telling by Jane, and culminating in memoir writing by participants. Curator of Interpretation 900 Governors Drive Pierre, SD 57501 605-773-6011

Objects, written records, and photographs are used to tell the story of the immigrant groups that settled in South Dakota.

Reese, Jim (Yankton)

Associate Professor (Mount Marty College) 611 Augusta Circle Yankton, SD 57078 605-660-3737

Get Published NOW!

Hybrid writing workshop where participants spend time generating ideas and discussing real methods on how to get published in today’s market; features an informal conversation with a working writer/editor/ publisher discussing craft, publishing and the writing life. It is an opportunity for students, faculty, and community members to learn about publishing and to meet directly with an editor and publisher.


SDHC Scholar Patrick Hicks interacts with a fan at the 2012 Festival of Books in Sioux Falls.

S-T Steinken, Ken (Rapid City) Independent Scholar 305 St. Francis St. Rapid City, SD 57701 605-348-4895

A Blessing Where it Falls

How kayaking the Cheyenne River, studying suburban Chicago flooding, and building a park in Rapid City gave the scholar a new perspective on water.

Swanhorst, Bob (Sioux Falls) Retiree 739 East Greenbrier Place Sioux Falls, SD 57108 605-321-0521

The Lakota Nation’s Influence on High School Basketball in South Dakota

A focus on basketball on the reservations, Lakota influence on the state high school league, the National Catholic Tourney in Chicago, and the teams and players.

Teer, Carl (Sioux Falls) 2012 SDHC Scholar Lois Beckner presents her program “Toys, Games, and Pasttimes of the 1800s” at the 2012 Aurora Gala Days event held in Aurora, SD. Gala Days received a major grant from the South Dakota Humanities Council. The event is held annually in Aurora.

President, South Dakota African American History Museum 111 S. Euclid Ave. Sioux Falls, SD 57104 605-376-5313

Sneller, Judy (Rapid City)

The Dakota Connection

Professor of English (SDSM&T) 4904 Galena Drive Rapid City, SD 57702 605-430-5956

Look Who’s Laughing: The Power of Women’s Humor

Although most enjoy humor and use it daily, people don’t always recognize that humor has psychological, sociological, philosophical and aesthetic dimensions.

Sprague, Donovin (Rapid City) University Instructor/Historian/Author 2092 Meadow Ln. Rapid City, SD 57703 605-716-9745

Lakota and Cheyenne at the Battle of the Little BigHorn

An overview of the battle of June 25-26, 1876, from a Lakota and Cheyenne family perspective. Includes PowerPoint and display of original vintage photos.

African Americans with South Dakota roots and their shared connections throughout the U.S. and beyond.

Tennant, Brad (Aberdeen) Associate Professor of History 1017 Main St. Aberdeen, SD 57401 605-229-5877

Images of the Northern Plains

A PowerPoint presentation that includes many of Alfred Sully’s sketches and paintings from his military service on the northern plains during the 1850s and 1860s.

Timm, John (Sioux Falls) Independent Scholar 925 South Thompson Ave. Sioux Falls, SD 57103 605-338-3312

Governor Arthur Calvin Mellette

This program can be tailored to discuss any period of time in the governor’s life, including his time in Indiana, Civil War service, life in Dakota Territory, and more.


V-W Wilson, Norma (Vermillion) English Professor Emerita (USD)/Author 30959 Frog Creek Rd. Vermillion, SD 57069 605-624-9279

Under the Rainbow

Van Deest, Orval (Madison) Professor Emeritus (DSU) P.O. Box 291 Madison, SD 57042 605-591-9830

Buffalo, Bears and Prairie Dogs

C.J. “Buffalo” Jones discusses the slaughter of 62 million American Buffalo by the white hunters, Indians, settlers, government, army and railroads and the profound effects on the land and the Indian. Hugh Glass, Mountain Man, clawed by the grizzly after the Arikara fight and left to die by Jim Bridger, lives to tell the tale. Old Prairie Dog Frank spins tales of the prairie and “windies” -- tall tales to startle the “green-horns” and amuse the old-timers.

Westgard, Gary (Watertown) Retired Lutheran Pastor 1340 22nd St. NE Watertown, SD 57201 605-882-5733

I Shall Miss Bananas

Westgard explores seeing the sacred in the ordinary, the difference between religious writing and spiritual writing, and the importance of paying attention to grace on Monday Morning: readings from Westgard’s book, The Journey and the Grace, and more recent prose and poetry from Westgard’s new book.

Wilson, Jerry (Vermillion) Writer/Author 30959 Frog Creek Rd. Vermillion, SD 57069 605-624-9279

Truth in a Pack of Lies

Wilson follows a reading from his new book of fiction, Blackjacks and Blue Devils, with a discussion of the process of blending experience and imagination to create works of fiction


Wilson reads and discusses poetry from her new chapbook, Under the Rainbow: Poems from Mojácar. Included are references to the people, history, and landscapes of both Spain and southeastern South Dakota which inspired her poems.

Wingate, Steven (Brookings) English Professor (SDSU) 1911 Victory St. Brookings, SD 57006 720-256-8435

The Art of the Screenplay

An overview of the screenwriting craft from story development to proper screenplay formatting, as well as a glimpse of how the film industry works.

Witt, Lillian (Gordon, NE) Entertainer/Informer 6715 State Hwy 27 Gordon, NE 69343 605-890-1097

Sister to the Sioux

First person interpretation of Elaine Goodale Eastman as told by herself. Elaine Goodale was a young woman with a genteel New England upbringing. She came to Dakota Territory in 1886 as a pioneer teacher to the Indian children and learned much from them as well.

Wolff, David (Spearfish) Dean/Professor of History (BHSU) 301 Yellowstone Place Spearfish, SD 57783 605-642-6221

Dying in Deadwood: A Look at Violent Deaths in and around the Black Hills, 1875-1879

By looking at Deadwood and the surrounding area from 1875 through 1879, this presentation will explain where violence occurred, assess why violence happened, explore how the reasons for violence changed over time, and examine how the reality of violence contrasts with the myths that exist about Western violence.

Index of Speakers’ Bureau Topics American Indian - Culture and Society Belinda Joe (page 17), Joanita Kant (page 18) American Indian - Important Historical Events Kathy Antonen (page 15), Joyzelle Godfrey (page 16) American Indian - Intercultural Relations Jerome Kills Small (page 18), Frank Pommersheim (page 20), Brad Tennant (page 21) American Indian – Traditional Ways Jace DeCory (page 16), Joyzelle Godrey (page 16), Jerome Kills Small (page 18), Brad Tennant (page 21), Lil Witt (page 22) Art in Humanities Valerie Janis (page 17), Robert Kolbe (page 18), Brad Tennant (page 21) , Barbara Johnson (page 17) Environment Nels Granholm (page 17), Valerie Janis (page 17), Famous South Dakotans Marian Cramer (page 16), Paul Horsted (page 17), Joanita Kant (page 18), John Miller (page 19), John Timm (page 21), Orval Van Deest (page 22), David Wolff (page 22) Farm and Ranch Life Kathy Antonen (page 15) History Arch Ellwein (page 16), Joyce Jefferson (page 17), Robert Kolbe (page 18), Bill Markley (page 19), Donovin Sprague (page 21) Immigration Barbara Johnson (page 17), Joanita Kant (page 18), John Rasmussen (page 20), Ronette Rumpca (page 20) Literature and Poetry Marilyn Carlson Aronson (page 15), Barbara Johnson (page 17), Joanna Jones (page 18), Jean Patrick (page 19), Orval Van Deest (page 22), Jerry Wilson (page 22), Norma Wilson (page 22), Steven Wingate (page 22) Racial Roles Lawrence Diggs (page 16)

Social Issues Eric Abrahamson (page 15), Lawrence Diggs (page 16), Konnie Hoffman Ellis (page 16), Carl Teer (page 21) South Dakota Events and History Eric Abrahamson (page 15), Arch Ellwein (page 16), Paul Horsted (page 17), Bill Markley (page 19), Michael McDonald (page 19), John Miller (page 19), Jean Patrick (page 19), Lilah Pengra (page 19), Lee Ann Roripaugh (page 20), Donovin Sprague (page 21), Bob Swanhorst (page 21), Carl Teer (page 21), Brad Tennant (page 21), Orval Van Deest (page 22), Norma Wilson (page 22), David Wolff (page 22) Sports Jean Patrick (page 19), Bob Swanhorst (page 21) War Jason McEntee (page 19) Water Rebecca Johnson (page 18), Belinda Joe (page 17), Ken Steinken (page 21) The West Marilyn Carlson Aronson (page 15), Deb CarpenterNolting (page 15) Women’s Studies Marilyn Carlson Aronson (page 15), Deb CarpenterNolting (page 15), Jace DeCory (page 16), Jane Green (page 17), Joyce Jefferson (page 17), Judy Sneller (page 21) World Cultures Nels Granholm (page 17), Patrick Hicks (page 17), Bruce Junek (page 18), Tass Thacker (page 18) Writing and Poetry Lee Ann Roripaugh (page 20), Bruce Roseland (page 20), Gary Westgard (page 22), Norma Wilson (page 22) Writing and Publishing Jane Green (page 17), Patrick Hicks (page 17), Konnie Hoffman Ellis (page 16), Valerie Janis (page 17), Joanna Jones (page 18), Rosemary Moeller (page 19), Jim Reese (page 20), Lee Ann Roripaugh (page 20), Jerry Wilson (page 22), Steven Wingate (page 22)


Index of Speakers Speakers are also listed online at: Abrahamson, Eric Page 15 Antonen, Kathy Pages 6, 8, 13, 15 Carlson Aronson, Marilyn Page 15 Carpenter-Nolting, Deb Page 15 Cramer, Marian Page 16 Danker, Kathleen Page 6 DeCory, Jace Page 16 Diggs, Lawrence Pages 6, 8, 13, 16

Gingway Godfrey, Joyzelle Page 16 Granholm, Nels Pages 8, 17 Green, Jane Pages 13, 17 Hicks, Patrick Page 17 Horsted, Paul Page 17 Janis, Valerie Page 17 Jefferson, Joyce Pages 13, 17 Joe, Belinda Pages 6, 17

Kant, Joanita Page 18

Rasmussen, Jane Page 20

Timm, John Page 21

Kills Small, Jerome Page 18

Reese, Jim Page 20

Van Deest, Orval Page 22

Kolbe, Robert Page 18

Roripaugh, Lee Ann Page 20

Veglahn, Nancy Page 6

Liegl, Dorothy Pages 6, 8, 13

Roseland, Bruce Page 20

Westgard, Gary Page 22

Markley, Bill Page19

Rumpca, Ronette Page 20

Wilson, Jerry Page 22

McDonald, Michael Page 19

Sneller, Judy Page 21

Wilson, Norma Pages 6, 8, 13, 22

McEntee, Jason Page 19

Sprague, Donovin Pages 6, 21

Wingate, Steven Page 22

Miller, John Pages 13, 19

Steinken, Ken Pages 6, 8, 21

Witt, Lillian Page 22

Moeller, Rosemary Page 19

Sullivan, Jamie Pages 6, 8

Wolff, David Page 22

Patrick, Jean Pages 6, 8, 13, 19

Swanhorst, Bob Pages 6, 21

Pengra, Lilah Page 19

Teer, Carl Pages 6, 8, 21

Draper, Darrel Page 16

Johnson, Barbara Page 17

Dannenbring Eichstadt, Lana Pages 6, 8, 13

Johnson, Rebecca Page 18

Ellwein, Arch Page 16

Jones, Joanna Pages 8, 18

Pommersheim, Frank Pages 13, 20

Tennant, Brad Page 21

Hoffman Ellis, Konnie Page 16

Junek, Bruce Page 18

Rasmussen, John Page 20

Thacker, Tass Page 18


Who We Reach


Major and Mini Grants

A crowd gathers to listen to Steven Garcia play the flute at the Summer Reading Campfire Kick-Off hosted by the Custer County Library. The library received a grant from SDHC to bring in Humanities Scholar Belinda Joe to provide storytelling around the campfire. She brought Garcia, her co-worker from Crazy Horse.

SDHC awards more than $100,000 annually to non-profit and community organizations for programs that enhance cultural life in South Dakota. Grant proposals must feature the humanities as a central focus of the program and involve humanities professionals. Preference will be given to programs pertaining to the annual initiative (Page 4). The four types of grant programs are listed below. Complete grant guidelines and application forms are available on our website at

Major and Mini grants available through SDHC: Discussion Programs Public presentations such as conferences, lectures, festivals and symposiums. Proposals over $1,000 are accepted twice a year while proposals under $1,000 are accepted on a rolling basis as funding allows. Audience involvement is encouraged.

Application Deadlines: Feb. 28 and Sept. 30 for requests over $1,000

Humanities Institute for Teachers Improve the quality of education by bringing K-12 teachers and humanities scholars together. With special funding from an NEH Challenge Grant, SDHC will fund one teachers’ institute on American Indian culture in our state each year. Applications are accepted from universities and general education agencies. The council typically funds one institute per year at $15,000. Note: Guidelines are currently under review and will be available early August.

Application Deadline: Sept. 30

Media Programs Programs that bring the humanities to the masses through documentary films, radio programs, websites, books and exhibits. Proposals over $1,000 are accepted once a year while proposals under $1,000 are accepted on a rolling basis as funding allows. These grants are capped at $7,000.

Application Deadline: Sept. 30 for requests over $1,000

Research Programs Programs awarded to scholars allowing them to gather research on topics relevant to South Dakota culture and heritage. Grant funds may be used to supplement travel associated with research. Proposals over $1,000 are accepted once a year while proposals under $1,000 are accepted on a rolling basis as funding allows. This grant is capped at $2,500.


Application Deadline: Feb. 28 for requests over $1,000

Grant Photos

A young girl has her face painted at the 2012 Storybook Land Festival in Aberdeen.

One of the many performance art pieces at the 2012 Storybook Land Festival in Aberdeen.

Jose Feghali performs a solo recital during the 2012 Dakota Sky International Piano Festival.


South Dakota

Author Scott Jurek signs an autograph at the 2012 Festival of Books.

Excitement is building for the 11th annual South Dakota Festival of Books, September 20-22 in historic Deadwood. The event will feature more than 50 national and local authors in six genres: fiction, non-fiction, poetry, history/tribal, children’s/young adult and writers’ support. In keeping with the SDHC’s programming theme, many Festival authors will address issues related to water, the sustaining element for all life on this planet. The 2013 One Book South Dakota, Danielle Sosin’s novel The Long-Shining Waters, invites reflection on the importance of water in shaping our individual sense of place. Through their fiction, both Elizabeth Cook-Lynn and Linda Hogan explore the effects of the construction of hydroelectric dams on indigenous people. Numerous non-fiction and history writers also tackle water topics. Canadian author Andrew Nikiforuk writes about the effects of tar sand extraction on the water supply. Brian Fagan draws on decades of sailing experience to explore everything from the effects of climate change to the history of seafaring, while Peter Heller describes his water-related recreational pursuits, including surfing and kayaking. Also featured at the Festival will be Walter Dean Myers, 2012-2013 National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, and two Pulitzer Prize winners: former U.S. Poet Laureate Ted Kooser and Washington Post book critic Michael Dirda. For more information about the Festival of Books and participating authors, please visit: 28

Festival of Books

Author Karl Marlantes signs an autograph at the 2012 Festival of Books.

Clockwise from top: Festivalgoers file in and register for workshops; two happy American Girl tea party attendees; the Lakota Music Project. Photos by Bob Wilson


SDHC Board Roster

* Executive Committee at large

SDHC board members Dick Brown (left) and Tom Dempster take a moment to pose with U.S. Rep. John Thune (middle) during the 2013 Humanities on the Hill conference in Washington, D.C. Brown and Dempster attended the event to advocate on behalf of the South Dakota Humanities Council. Photo courtesy of Sen. Thune’s office.

Jean Nicholson, Chair Community Volunteer/Bookkeeper

Tom Fishback Banker

Julie Moore-Peterson Librarian

Michelle Deyo-Amende, Chair-elect Administrator

Doris Giago* Professor

Lawrence Piersol Federal Judge

Ann McKay Thompson, Past Chair Hospital Administrator

Fee Jacobsen (Gov. Appointee) Retired Entrepreneur

Scott Rausch (Gov. Appointee) Retired Engineer/Adjunct Faculty

Tom Dempster, Secretary Former Legislator/Financial Advisor

David Cremean Professor/Author

Rebecca Schenk (Gov. Appointee) Retired Teacher

Anne Gormley, Treasurer Retired Banker

Judith Meierhenry Retired Judge

Corey Vilhauer Marketing

Dick Brown Development Director

Matthew Moen (Gov. Appointee)* Academic Dean

Elden Lawrence Retired Professor/Author


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2013 Program Catalog  

SDHC's annual catalog featuring information on grant programs, SDHC programs, speakers and much more.