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State Historical Society Press catalog of books

2009–2010 Catalog of Books Publishing South Dakota’s Rich Heritage

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The South Dakota State Historical Society Press can be accessed online from a variety of sources. The main website for the Press is There, you will find information on all of our books, journal issues, news, special Internet promotions, memberships, secure online purchase capabilities, information for prospective authors, and podcasts, vodcasts, and interviews with our authors and illustrators. In addition to the main website, the Press also maintains various social media and web 2.0 presences, all with even more upto-the-minute information and news, including book-signing tour maps, comments, links, and other dynamic and ever-changing content. A monthly e-newsletter is produced and sent out, full of special offers, news, and opportunities to be a part of what the Press is doing. If you are interested in receiving the e-newsletter, simply sign up for an account at or email The Prairie Tale Series also has its own dedicated, children-oriented website, www. This website is a multimedia experience, with games, music, sound effects, and a parent/teacher page with useful information to help integrate the Prairie Tales into young readers’ lives.

New Books 3, 5–8, 13 Award-winning Books 4, 11, 12, 14, 16–21 Biographies & Memoirs 2–5, 9, 17, 20, 22 Cultural Diversity 7, 11, 13, 17–19, 22 Deadwood & the Black Hills 2, 3, 6, 10, 12, 16, 19, 21, 22 For Young Readers 11–14, 16, 19 Historical Preservation Series 15 Nature & the Environment 6, 7, 9, 10, 16, 19 Politics 3, 6–8, 15, 17, 20, 21 Prairie Tale Series 11–13 South Dakota Biography Series 2–4 Travel & Leisure 6, 10, 15, 21

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Note from the Director As the South Dakota State Historical Society Press moves into its thirteenth year of publishing, it is rewarding to reflect back on our successes and exciting to ponder our future. Thirteen of our current titles have won at least one national or regional book award, three from last year’s list alone. We are not content to rest on our laurels, however, and we intend to continue to publish high quality, award-winning books. I am pleased with the variety and diversity in the new titles we are presenting this year. Books on frontier lawman Seth Bullock, Black Hills tourism, growing up in small towns, the Populist Party, damming the Missouri River, and a cautionary tale featuring a curious raccoon all relate important aspects of this state’s past, and the Press welcomes the chance to publish them for readers in South Dakota and beyond. The digital age is upon us, and although we will take a “wait-and-see” approach towards the most advanced technology, the SDSHS Press will not be left behind when it comes to making the best use of the technological tools available to us. We strive to include accurate and interesting information and content on our website, and we encourage you to visit regularly to see what is new. South Dakota has a wealth of intriguing stories that still need to be told, and with the help of our authors, the Press aims to keep bringing these stories to the modern reader. I hope you will find at least one book within this catalog that catches your interest that you will have the time to sit down and enjoy it this coming year. Nancy Tystad Koupal, Director, SDSHS Press

Award-Winning Books

Best Seller / Paperback Original

Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane Deadwood Legends Wild West legends debunked Although Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane spent only a few weeks in Deadwood at the same time, their fame and fate have become intertwined and their relationship legendary. James D. McLaird examines the contemporary accounts that turned these two Wild West wanderers into dime-novel and motion-picture stars. McLaird traces the role that writers and the city of Deadwood itself played in the creation of the legacies of the infamous couple. Fact and fiction have become so woven together that a definitive picture of Calamity Jane and Wild Bill is almost impossible. Their brief friendship and subsequent burial next to each other in Mount Moriah Cemetery simply added to their legendary status and made them stalwarts of Wild West pop culture and Deadwood mythology. “A fascinating read for anyone who wants to learn about how the daring real-life deeds (and misdeeds) of Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane were destined to grow beyond imagination through the telling.”—Midwest Book Review

Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane Deadwood Legends James D. McLaird Volume Two in the South Dakota Biography Series 188 pages, 4 ¾ x 8 inches 17 b/w photographs and images,

“McLaird’s writing is concise and to the point, exploding myths about two Western characters.”— James D. McLaird is professor emeritus of history at Dakota Wesleyan University. He is the author of numerous books and articles focusing on the Black Hills and the American West. Reader’s Guide available at

bibliography, index ISBN 978-0-9777955-9-8 $12.95 paper 2008 S O U T H D A K O T A BIOGRAPHY S E R I E S

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Seth Bullock Black Hills Lawman Unheralded figure in the development of the Black Hills Much of Seth Bullock’s modern renown comes from television, motion pictures, and his friendship with President Theodore Roosevelt. But Bullock was much more than the frontier law enforcer portrayed in fictional accounts. In Seth Bullock: Black Hills Lawman, David Wolff examines the life work of Bullock as he helped build Deadwood, found the town of Belle Fourche, and promote the Black Hills. Wolff explores the many ventures that Bullock delved into once he moved from Montana to the Black Hills at the start of the gold rush in 1876. Bullock quickly became an integral part of the burgeoning community, working to create a lasting legacy in local and regional politics, starting various businesses, and placing himself at the forefront of Black Hills law enforcement and forest management. Bullock’s life epitomized that of many entrepreneurs and pioneers across the nation, and Wolff describes the struggles and successes this thinker and dreamer experienced in his forty-three years in the Black Hills. Seth Bullock: Black Hills Lawman is the third book in the South Dakota Biography Series, which highlights some of the state’s most famous residents. David A. Wolff is associate professor of history at Black Hills State University in Spearfish, South Dakota. He is an award-winning author focusing on Black Hills, South Dakota, mining, and western history.

Seth Bullock Black Hills Lawman David A. Wolff Volume Three in the South Dakota Biography Series 204 pages, 4 ¾ x 8 inches 14 b/w photographs, bibliography, index ISBN 978-0-9798940-5-3 $12.95 paper

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Best Seller / Paperback Original

Laura Ingalls Wilder A Writer’s Life Delve

inside Laura Ingalls Wilder’s life and work

Winner, Scholarly Nonfiction—WILLA Award, 2008 Winner, Biography—National Indie Excellence Book Awards, 2008 “A fascinating and remarkable book that deserves a place on the shelf of every Laura fan”—The Homesteader “Pamela Smith Hill has [created] a work of considerable scholarship and insight.”—The Little House Heritage Trust “Hill skillfully examines the complex relationship between Wilder and her daughter.”—Kansas History “If you’ve ever wanted to peek behind the scenes of the “Little House” series, this is your book. . . . [It] is a page turner.”—Roundup magazine

Laura Ingalls Wilder A Writer’s Life Pamela Smith Hill Volume One in the South Dakota Biography Series

Pamela Smith Hill examines Wilder’s tumultuous, but ultimately successful, professional and personal relationship with her daughter, Rose Wilder Lane. Over the course of more than thirty years, mother and daughter engaged in a dynamic working relationship, shifting between trust, distrust, and respect. Hill provides a context, both familial and literary, for Wilder’s writing career. Pamela Smith Hill is an award-winning author of historical novels for young adults. She grew up in Missouri and started her writing career in South Dakota.

244 pages, 4 ¾ x 8 inches 13 b/w photographs and images, bibliography, index ISBN 978-0-9777955-6-7 $12.95 paper 2007 S O U T H D A K O T A BIOGRAPHY S E R I E S

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Small-town Boy, Small-town Girl Growing Up in South Dakota, 1920–1950 Childhood memories from differing perspectives Milbank and Mitchell, dissimilar in size and separated by more than two hundred miles, have more in common than might appear at first glance. Elsewhere in the country, they would be considered small towns, but in South Dakota, they are urban population centers. In the first half of the twentieth century, when many more South Dakotans lived on farms and ranches than do today, towns such as Milbank and Mitchell formed hubs for commerce, social activities, and culture. Eric Fowler and Sheila Delaney looked at their communities from different viewpoints, but their childhood and young adult memories of South Dakota share common themes of life away from the farm. Fowler dealt with the hardships of a low-income, single-parent family in Milbank. Delaney experienced the wealth and occasional grandeur of Mitchell’s social elite. Both found respite and youthful joy in mid-century South Dakota urban life. Despite the differences in Fowler and Delaney’s circumstances these two contrasting memoirs bring forth commonalities in the authors’ early experiences of small-town life, even while they followed differing paths to adulthood.

small-town boy, small-town girl



e r i c b . fow l e r & sh eila dela n ey Edited and with an introduction by Molly P. Rozum

Small-town Boy, Small-town Girl Growing Up in South Dakota, 1920–1950 Eric B. Fowler & Sheila Delaney Edited and with an introduction

Award-winning author Molly P. Rozum is associate professor of history at Doane College in Crete, Nebraska. She provides the introduction for this book, drawing the two stories together. Rozum specializes in history of the American West and American Indian history.

by Molly P. Rozum 280 pages, 6 x 9 inches 20 b/w photographs, index ISBN 978-0-9798940-7-7 $17.95 paper October 2009

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A Marvelous Hundred Square Miles Black Hills Tourism, 1880–1941 Caves, camping, and carving in the Black Hills Despite their isolated location on the edge of the Great Plains, the Black Hills have become an important tourist destination over the past one hundred years. Suzanne Julin examines the early development of this phenomenon and the influences— political, local, and national—that helped create a prosperous tourist industry in the region between the 1880s and the start of World War II.

A Marvelous Hundred Square Miles Black Hills Tourism, 1880–1941 Suzanne Barta Julin 280 pages, 6 x 9 inches 20 b/w and color photographs, bibliography, index ISBN 978-0-9798940-6-0 $25.95 cloth September 2009

Public policy and state and federal government actions promoted the Black Hills as the vanguard of both the mountain West and the Wild West and developed a national park, two national monuments, the largest state park in the country, and the iconic Mount Rushmore as methods to direct tourist traffic to the region. Julin argues that these promotional efforts affected more than just tourism; they helped form or change local trends and issues and established the identity of the region. A Marvelous Hundred Square Miles addresses the concerted efforts of governmental, quasi-governmental, and private groups to develop the tourist industry in the early twentieth century. While this book is specifically about the Black Hills, its larger themes pertain to the development of tourism as one of the most important industries in the modern United States. Suzanne Barta Julin is an award-winning author born and raised in South Dakota. She received her Ph.D. from Washington State University in Pullman. She currently works as a public historian for local, state, and national organizations, specializing in twentieth-century South Dakota and western history.

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Dammed Indians Revisited The Continuing History of the Pick-Sloan Project and the Missouri River Sioux The impact of flooding the Missouri River Valley More than twenty-five years after the publication of Dammed Indians, Michael Lawson revisits his classic work. The 1944 Pick-Sloan Plan created a wealth of economic opportunities for the states lying along the Missouri River. But the project also flooded more than two hundred thousand acres of bottomlands that helped to sustain the Sioux (Lakota, Dakota, and Nakota Indians) and forced the relocation of whole communities. Dammed Indians Revisited examines how the work of the United States Army Corps of Engineers and the Bureau of Reclamation affected the communities along the river, demonstrating the unequal relationship between the tribes and the federal government. Lawson has unearthed new information, revising his original work to bring the story up to date. While the flooding occurred more than sixty years ago, the impact of the plan and its ramifications for continuing tribal-federal relations remain relevant in the twenty-first century. Michael L. Lawson is a historical consultant with Morgan, Angel & Associates in Washington, DC. He has served as historian for the National Park Service, the Smithsonian Institution, and the Bureau of Indian Affairs, and has written extensively on American Indian history.

Dammed Indians Revisited The Continuing History of the Pick-Sloan Project and the Missouri River Sioux Michael L. Lawson New introduction by George McGovern 300 pages, 6 x 9 inches 20 b/w photographs, map, bibliography, index ISBN 978-0-9798940-1-5 $18.95 November 2009

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Principle over Party The Farmers’ Alliance Populism in South Dakota, 1880–1900

South Dakota’s role in the nineteenth-century political movement The Populist movement of the 1890s was one of the most successful third-party initiatives in United States history. Although it never elected a president, this movement seated governors, congressmen, and United States senators, and played a major political role in a number of states, including all the Great Plains states then in the Union. Populism has been thoroughly studied in many areas of the country, but South Dakota has, so far, been neglected. R. Alton Lee’s Principle over Party begins to this oversight, shining light on the prominent South Dakotans who strode down the path to the progressive agrarian politics that dominated the state in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Lee examines the causes that led South Dakota farmers to rise up against the establishment and take their fate into their own hands. He discusses prominent figures Henry Loucks and Alonzo Wardall as well as political and social movements such as the Farmers’ Alliance. Together these men and their organizations sowed the seeds of the Populist Party in South Dakota. Principle over Party showcases the successes and failures of one of the most lasting political movements in this nation’s history.

Principle over Party the farmers’ alliance Populism in South Dakota, 1880–1900

R. Alton Lee is professor emeritus of history at the University of South Dakota. An acknowledged expert on American political history, Lee has written widely about Midwestern and Great Plains history.

R. Alton Lee 250 pages, 6 x 9 inches 10 b/w photographs, bibliography, index ISBN 978-0-9798940-9-1 $27.95 cloth February 2010 8 South Dakota State Historical Society Press | Phone: (605) 773-6009 |

Waiting for Coyote’s Call An Eco-memoir from the Missouri River Bluff Living with nature, South Dakota-style Short listed for the Foreword Magazine Book of the Year Awards, 2009 Short listed for the Midwest Independent Book Publishers Awards, 2009 “With plenty of anecdotes and intriguing stories, Waiting for Coyote’s Call is solid and very recommended reading for environmentally-oriented readers.”—Midwest Book Review “Jerry Wilson gives readers a multifaceted portrait of South Dakota.” — “Waiting for Coyote’s Call is an engrossing memoir to explore on a blustery winter’s evening after you stoke the wood-burning stove and settle into your favorite chair.”—Roundup magazine Inspired by the works of Henry David Thoreau, Aldo Leopold, and Annie Dillard, Jerry Wilson’s eco-memoir covers twenty-five years of trying to live life while leaving as small an environmental footprint as possible. Wilson encourages the reader to think about his or her place in nature as he recounts his own family’s experiences on prairie and woodland near the Missouri River in eastern South Dakota.

Waiting for Coyote’s Call An Eco-Memoir from the Missouri River Bluff Jerry Wilson

Wilson chronicles his family’s building of an eco-friendly solar home and their attempts to restore the plowed-under prairie to its original state. He muses on the beauty and simplicity of nature in contrast to modern life. From his delight in home-grown tomatoes and high-flying sandhill cranes to concerns about human interaction with the web of life, the stories of Wilson’s time on the Missouri River bluff spring off the pages of Waiting for Coyote’s Call.

292 pages, 6 x 9 inches 18 color photographs, map, bibliography ISBN 978-0-9777955-8-1 $24.95 cloth 2008

Jerry Wilson is a retired English professor and freelance journalist. He grew up on a farm in Oklahoma, where he developed his appreciation for nature and the wild, before moving to South Dakota and putting it all into practice. Wilson posts a weekly blog at Reader’s Guide available at

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Along the Grapevine Trail Vineyards and Wineries in South Dakota, Wyoming, and Nebraska A guide to the wine business on the northern plains “Talbott catches the hard scrabble spirit of the Northern Great Plains in the men and women who are pioneers in the once-thoughtimpossible pursuit of planting vineyards in this region.” —Wyoming Tribune Eagle South Dakota, Wyoming, and Nebraska may not spring to mind when people think of wine, but all three states have thriving grapegrowing and wine-making businesses and a burgeoning reputation among wine connoisseurs. In Along the Grapevine Trail, Starley Talbott introduces readers to many vineyards and wineries, from awardwinning, large-scale vintners to family-oriented growers. Information about growing techniques, harvesting, crushing, fermenting, and bottling fill the pages and provide an excellent resource for visitors.

Along the Grapevine Trail Vineyards and Wineries in South Dakota, Wyoming, and Nebraska Starley Talbott

“This is an aesthetically pleasing book, with beautiful glossy photos that showcase the surprisingly numerous vineyards and farm wineries in the northern plains. With maps and good descriptions, it profiles the many small wineries that one can visit on trips through South Dakota, Wyoming, and Nebraska, giving the reader a taste of the history and the personality of the current owners. It is a fun armchair travel experience, as well as an indispensable tool to take along on that next vacation!”— Starley Talbott is a freelance writer. She lives on a ranch in Wyoming, where she tends a small vineyard.

160 pages, 5 x 8 inches 20 color photographs, 3 maps, glossary, index ISBN 978-0-9777955-7-4 $14.95 paper 2008

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Prairie Tale Series For Young Readers—Second to fourth grade

Bestseller / Prairie Tale Series For Young Readers—First to third grade

The Discontented Gopher

Dance in a Buffalo Skull

L. Frank Baum


Illustrated by Carolyn Digby Conahan

Illustrated by S. D. Nelson

First in the Prairie Tale Series 40 pages, 6½ x 8¼ inches Color illustrations, word list ISBN 0-9749195-9-4 $14.95 cloth 2006

Second in the Prairie Tale Series 40 pages, 6½ x 8¼ inches Color illustrations, word list ISBN 978-0-9777955-2-9 $14.95 cloth 2007

An American fable from the author of The Wizard of Oz

Classic American Indian tale brought to life

Gold Medal Winner, Chapter Books, Ages 5–8—Mom’s Choice Awards, 2007 Bronze Medal Winner, Juvenile Fiction, Early Readers —Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards, 2007

Aesop Accolade—American Folklore Society, 2008 Most Outstanding Children’s Book— Mom’s Choice Awards, 2008 Gold Medal Winner, Myths, Legends & Fantasies, Ages 5–8—Mom’s Choice Awards, 2008

“Conahan’s work transforms Baum’s hundred-yearold magazine story into a fine modern picturestorybook.”— “Conahan’s updated illustrations are warm and endearing.”—The Baum Bugle “Conahan’s illustrations are vivid and colorful.” —Entro, the magazine of the Mom’s Choice Awards “A wonderful American fairy tale”—Rapid City Journal Zikky, a young descendant of the Original American Thirteen-lined Gophers, finds more than he bargained for in this allegorical story set on the prairies of South Dakota. L. Frank Baum, author of The Wizard of Oz, was inspired to write this tale about the choice between riches and happiness by the people, prairie animals, and scenery he knew in Aberdeen, Dakota Territory.

“The art blends Lakota tradition and modern styles to match the tall tale and bring it to life.” —Midwest Book Review “Nelson’s illustrations add to the tension between the creeping wildcat and the celebrating mice.” —School Library Journal “S. D. Nelson’s stunning illustrations bring new life to the language used by Zitkala-Ša.” —Aesop Awards Committee “Nelson evokes a perfect combination of traditional prairie landscapes, the bright, wild, foot-stomping mice, and the eerie beast of the night.”—True West “Dance in a Buffalo Skull is a delightfully scary prairie tale.”—Benjamin Franklin Awards Judges Unobservant mice learn to pay more attention in this old American Indian tale. Zitkala-Ša, who was also known as Gertrude Simmons Bonnin, was born on the Yankton Sioux Indian Reservation in 1876. Contemporary Lakota artist S. D. Nelson fuses traditional Lakota Indian styles with modern interpretations. He is a member of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and author and illustrator of numerous award-winning children’s books.

Prairie Tale Series For Young Readers—Second to fourth grade

The Prairie-Dog Prince Eva Katharine Gibson Illustrated by Carolyn Digby Conahan Third in the Prairie Tale Series 40 pages, 6½ x 8¼ inches Color illustrations, word list ISBN 978-0-9798940-3-9 $14.95 cloth 2008 A traditional-style fairy tale set near the Black Hills Gold Medal Winner, Distinctive Illustration— Mom’s Choice Awards, 2009 Silver Medal Winner, Fantasy, Myths, and Legends, Juvenile Books—Mom’s Choice Awards, 2009 “This is a fairy tale, as the subtitle gently hints, not a natural history, but young readers will find much to learn. . . . Wishes, morals, and fantasy are the stars in this story, all holding up well a century after they were first penned.”—The Bloomsbury Review

“Carolyn Digby Conahan’s illustrations are absolutely marvelous in depicting the characters and the scenes. These splendid paintings are filled with motion and grace, and show effective use of light and shadow.” — “A refreshingly unique book . . . a children’s book with vibrant and evocative language.” — “The Prairie Dog Prince is a charming moral fable in the tradition of Mrs. Molesworth’s The Cuckoo Clock or E. Nesbit’s House of Arden and as such, an excellent introduction to a rich body of children’s literature.” — In western South Dakota, a young girl named Annie finds a prairie dog stuck in a trap. She frees the little animal, and her kindness leads to adventure. Whisked underground to a land of gnomes, Annie realizes that her life on a prairie farm might not be so bad after all. The Prairie-Dog Prince mixes classic European fantasy with modern American writing and traditional American Indian beliefs. Written in 1901, this timeless story is brought up to date with modern illustrations by award-winning artist Carolyn Digby Conahan. Eva Katharine Gibson wrote novels for women. Inspired by L. Frank Baum’s success, she wrote a long fairy tale for children. The Prairie-Dog Prince is adapted from that much longer story. Conahan is the award-winning illustrator of The Discontented Gopher and other picture books.

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New / Prairie Tale Series For Young Readers—First to third grade

The Raccoon and the Bee Tree Charles A. Eastman & Elaine Goodale Eastman Illustrated by Susan Turnbull Fourth in the Prairie Tale Series 40 pages, 6 ½ x 8 ¼ inches Color illustrations, word list ISBN 978-0-9798940-9-1 $14.95 cloth September 2009 A raccoon explores the night and finds an unexpected treasure In southeastern South Dakota, wild animals begin to stir as day turns to dusk. A curious raccoon emerges from his bed to hunt for food. Tempted by sticky honey oozing from a bees nest, the little raccoon finds trouble he did not bargain for.

Charles A. Eastman (1858–1939) was a Wahpeton Dakota. Eastman worked as a doctor on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation before turning to writing. He published nine books and numerous articles on Sioux legends, customs, and beliefs. Born in Massachusetts, Elaine Goodale Eastman (1863–1953) moved to Pine Ridge to teach on the reservation in 1886; there she met and married Charles Eastman. She encouraged her husband to write about his experiences, life, and heritage, and worked as editor for his publications.

The Raccoon and the Bee Tree combines the traditions of American Indian storytelling and European fables. Written down one hundred years ago by Charles A. Eastman and Elaine Goodale Eastman, The Raccoon and the Bee Tree contains a lesson for children that is still important and relevant in today’s modern society.

Susan Turnbull is an award-winning illustrator and artist from Rapid City, South Dakota. She has illustrated numerous books, and her art has been shown in galleries across the country from New York City to Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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Classic Reprint / For Young Readers—fourth to seventh grade

The Jumping-Off Place Four children homestead in South Dakota 1930 Newbery Honor Book Gold Medal Winner, Young Adult Books, Historical Fiction— Mom’s Choice Awards, 2009 The Jumping-Off Place has a “chance to take in Juvenile fiction the same sort of place held in adult biography by Hamlin Garland’s Middle Border books.”—Saturday Review of Literature (1929) “This is a wonderful book with believable characters, a good story, and graceful prose.”—

The Jumping-Off Place

Four young homesteaders strive to succeed on a quarter section in Tripp County, South Dakota, at the beginning of the 1900s. Faced with the prospect of the upcoming harsh winter, the youngsters work hard to “prove up” the land and buildings. All the while, Becky, Dick, Phil, and Joan contend with drought, discomfort, and sabotaging squatters. As winter looms, the battle for their land heats up. With the help of new-found friends and their own derring-do, the youngsters seek to hold the enemy at bay and withstand whatever the elements throw at them.

Marian Hurd M c Neely Introduction by Jean L. S. Patrick 320 pages, 5 x 7 inches 16 b/w illustrations, maps ISBN 978-0-9798940-4-6 $15.95 paper

Marian Hurd McNeely (1877–1931) wrote books, articles, and poems for young readers. Award-winning children’s author Jean L. S. Patrick provides a new afterword, placing the story in its historical context.

2008 (1929)

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The South Dakota State Capitol The First Century Celebrating the centennial of South Dakota’s capitol “The South Dakota State Capitol is a core addition to all South Dakota historical, community, and school library reference collections, and would serve as a model template for similar historical studies of other state capitols as well.” —Midwest Book Review Standing firmly in the middle of South Dakota on the banks of the Missouri River, Pierre seems the logical choice for the capital of the state. Upon the state’s admission to the Union in 1889, however, not everyone agreed. Towns vied for the opportunity to become the new state’s capital, but after protracted campaigns, dubious get-out-the-vote drives, and political “battles” (some of which bordered on violence), Pierre finally established itself as the capital city twenty years later. Marshall Damgaard takes the reader from those heady early days to modern times, detailing the changes the building has undergone, including the painting-over of murals on walls and debates about furniture and fittings. More than 130 historical and contemporary photographs depict the progression of the capitol from idea to reality and subsequent restoration. Marshall Damgaard served for many years in the state’s political arena, including periods as both an aide and chief of staff to Governor William Janklow.

The South Dakota State Capitol The First Century Marshall Damgaard Volume Four in the Historical Preservation Series 152 pages, 11 x 8 inches 75 color photographs and 60 b/w photographs, index ISBN 978-0-9798940-2-2 $29.95 cloth 2008

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Best Seller For Young Readers—First to fourth grade

For Young Readers—First to fourth grade

The Mystery of the Tree Rings

The Mystery of the Round Rocks

Mark Meierhenry & David Volk

Mark Meierhenry & David Volk

Illustrated by Jason Folkerts

Illustrated by Jason Folkerts

44 pages, 8 x 9 inches Color illustrations ISBN 978-0-9798940-0-8 $13.95 hardcover 2008

44 pages, 8 x 9 inches Color illustrations ISBN 978-0-9777955-3-6 $13.95 hardcover 2007

An ancient tree in the Black Hills shares its secrets Glaciers and rocks create mystery on the Great Plains Bronze Medal Winner, Midwest Best Regional Fiction— IPPY Awards, 2008 “Highly recommended”—Midwest Book Review The Mystery of the Round Rocks is a “nicely done lesson in natural history.”—Roundup magazine While visiting their grandparents’ farm in South Dakota, Max and Hannah discover hundreds of rocks piled up in the corner of a field. Puzzled, the twins ask Grandpa if he has the key to this mystery. How did all those round rocks get there? Watch out for saber-tooth tigers and short-faced bears, wooly mammoths, giant deer, and bison before Max and Hannah unlock the secret of the rocks.

Silver Medal Winner, Midwest Best Regional Fiction— IPPY Awards, 2009 Max and Hannah’s discovery that their grandfather has kept a journal since he was young impresses them, but Grandpa has an even longer journal in mind when he whisks them off to the Black Hills for a mystery-solving trip. When they arrive, the children and Grandpa set off for a hike to find a ponderosa pine nearly eight hundred years old. Along the way, Max gets lost and sits down to rest against a huge pine tree. He hears a mysterious voice, and soon Max is discovering the secrets wrapped up in Rosa the ponderosa’s rings. When Hannah and Grandpa eventually find Max again, he has all the answers to what is inside that ancient journal. “Simple, colorful illustrations and a final blank, lined page for the child to write in to start their own journal round out this charming story about learning to appreciate and remember the wonders all around us.”—Midwest Book Review

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Former South Dakota attorney general Mark Meierhenry currently practices law in Sioux Falls.

Five-time state treasurer David Volk also served as cabinet secretary for Governor William Janklow.

Jason Folkerts is a freelance editorial cartoonist.

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Best Seller

The Sioux in South Dakota History

Cowboy Life

A Twentieth-Century Reader

The Letters of George Philip

Edited by Richmond L. Clow

Edited and with an introduction by Cathie Draine Afterword by Richard W. Slatta Illustrated by Mick B. Harrison

320 pages, 6 x 9 inches 26 b/w photographs, map ISBN 978-0-9777955-4-3 $18.95 paper 2007 American Indian experiences in South Dakota since 1900 Finalist, Anthologies category— National Indie Excellence Book Awards, 2008 Bronze Medal, Anthologies category— IPPY Awards, 2008 “This collection, as a whole, attempts to understand a contemporary people in a changing world.” —Kansas History Taken from the pages of South Dakota History, these essays explore modern American Indian life. The political and social ramifications of land heirship, the damming of the Missouri River, and shifting federal policies are among topics discussed. Health care, recreation, education, and the build-up to the violence at Wounded Knee in 1973 are covered, as well as efforts to eradicate tuberculosis. Professor of Native American Studies at the University of Montana in Missoula, Richmond L. Clow contributes an introduction and afterword.

384 pages, 6 x 9 inches 20 b/w illustrations, 2 b/w photographs, 2 maps, appendix, bibliography, index ISBN 978-0-9777955-1-2 $25.95 cloth 2007 Real cowboy life on South Dakota’s open range Award of Merit—American Association for State and Local History, 2008 Finalist, Autobiography/Biography/Memoirs category— Benjamin Franklin Awards, 2008

“Each [letter] is virtually a mini-essay designed to extol the realities of cowboy life.”—True West “An entertaining and insightful look into the day-today life of a cowboy.”—Reference & Research Book News “George Philip’s letters are a pleasure to read.” —James D. McLaird, South Dakota History Readers’ Guide available at

Contributors: Harry H. Anderson Roger Bromert Richmond L. Clow Joshua Garrett-Davis Frederick E. Hoxie Michael L. Lawson Allison Fuss Mellis Akim D. Reinhardt Scott Riney Steven C. Schulte Don Southerton

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Forgotten Lives African Americans in South Dakota

Fort Randall on the Missouri, 1856–1892

Betti VanEpps-Taylor

Jerome A. Greene

288 pages, 6 x 9 inches 18 b/w photographs, map, bibliography, index ISBN 978-0-9777955-5-0 $17.95 paper 2008

274 pages, 6 x 9 inches 43 b/w photographs, 7 maps, drawings, appendices ISBN 0-9777955-0-0 $17.95 paper 2005

Two hundred years of African American history in South Dakota

History of a frontier fort in its heyday

“Forgotten Lives opens up an oft-overlooked chapter of South Dakota’s origins and legacy. Extensively researched with meticulous notes and an index, Forgotten Lives is a welcome contribution to South Dakota history shelves and is especially recommended for public and university libraries.”—Midwest Book Review “As a first-generation study aimed at filling gaps in existing scholarship, [Forgotten Lives’] success is indisputable.”—Montana, the Magazine of Western History

Award of Merit—American Association for State and Local History, 2006 “Fort Randall is a valuable addition for those interested in the Great Sioux War and regional history.” —The Journal of Military History “Fort Randall is engaging and comprehensive. Anyone interested in frontier military-Indian relations will find Greene’s work valuable reading.”—Nebraska History

“Forgotten Lives is a cohesive depiction of [South Dakota’s] African American pioneers. It is a fascinating portrait of American history.”—

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Now Available in Paperback / Best Seller For Young Readers—All ages

Tatanka and the Lakota People

Dakota Flora A Seasonal Sampler

A Creation Story

David J. Ode

Illustrated by Donald F. Montileaux

266 pages, 7 x 11 inches 103 color photographs, appendices, index ISBN 0-9749195-4-3 $29.95 paper 2006

44 pages, 11 x 8 inches 17 color paintings, English and Lakota text ISBN 0-9749195-8-6 hardcover ISBN 978-0-9822749-0-3 paper $16.95 hardcover $9.95 paper 2006 A story of beginnings, featuring beautiful Lakota art Aesop Accolade—American Folklore Society, 2007 Spur Award—Western Writers of America, 2007 Gold Medal—Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards, 2007 National Best Books Award—, 2007 “This is a beautiful rendering of story and illustration that needs to be in every library interested in building the diversity of their collection.”—Kirkus Reviews “The striking and symbolic color paintings add a vivid dimension to the tale. A profound tale, presented with great respect for Lakota culture.”—Midwest Book Review “This is a good choice for libraries seeking folk material.”—School Library Journal “A beautifully illustrated and well-documented picture book”—Brian W. Sturm (Chairman), 2007 Aesop Award Committee Part of the Lakota creation legend and based on centuries of storytelling, Tatanka and the Lakota People tells how the buffalo came to live with the Lakotas so that they would have life-sustaining food, shelter, and clothing. Donald F. Montileaux is an award-winning Oglala Lakota artist, presenter, and consultant.

South Dakota’s wild plants and their stories National Best Book Award—, 2007 Bronze Medal—IPPY Awards, 2007 Dakota Flora “is a gem of literature and camera art.” —Aberdeen American News “David Ode’s writing is tight, accurate, frequently humorous, and nearly always contains an important historical flavor.”—Tony Dean, Tony Dean Outdoors “A lyrical presentation of natural history, botany, and other sciences, photographic art and boundless appreciation for Dakota flora.” —Rapid City Journal

Sunshine Always

Peter Norbeck

George McGovern

The Courtship Letters of Alice Bower and Joseph Gossage of Dakota Territory Edited and with an introduction and epilogue by Paula M. Nelson Compiled and with an afterword by Maxwell Van Nuys

Prairie Statesman Gilbert Courtland Fite Afterword by R. Alton Lee

A Political Life, A Political Legacy Edited by Robert P. Watson Foreword by Tom Daschle

294 pages, 6 x 9 inches 9 b/w photographs, map ISBN 0-9749195-6-X $24.95 cloth 2006 Love letters of the founders of the Rapid City Journal Finalist, History—National Indie Excellence Book Awards, 2008 “Reading Sunshine Always seems a bit like indulging oneself in someone else’s personal correspondence. But what a rare glimpse it is, demonstrating the enduring beauty of the handwritten word.” —Nebraska History

232 pages, 6 x 9 inches 16 b/w photographs, drawings ISBN 0-9749195-0-0 $17.95 paper 2005 (1948) The life of an early champion of South Dakota “Those seeking a good story that provides basic understanding of the actors and concerns of preNew Deal farm policies will be rewarded.”—Journal of the West A progressive Republican, strong supporter of the policies of Theodore Roosevelt, and early conservationist, Peter Norbeck (1870–1936) worked tirelessly for South Dakota. This is his story.

224 pages, 5½ x 9¼ inches 15 b/w photographs, tables, figures, chronology ISBN 0-9715171-6-9 $19.95 paper 2004 An examination of an influential politician and humanitarian “No book . . . can encapsulate the long and productive life of a man of McGovern’s stature, or completely capture the spirit that animates a great mind and a humanitarian soul. But [this book] comes close; it is a book that all those who respect George McGovern—Democrat, Republican, and Independent—will enjoy.”—South Dakota Magazine

“Sunshine Always is enthusiastically recommended reading.”—Midwest Book Review

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A South Dakota Guide New introduction by M. Lisle Reese From the WPA American Guide Series 448 pages, 5½ x 8 inches 83 b/w photographs, 33 drawings, 3 maps ISBN 0-9749195-3-5 $24.95 paper 2005 (1938) A vintage tour guide for South Dakota “This [guide] provides a snapshot of [South Dakota’s] history, folklore, recreation, industry, and agriculture during the Great Depression.” —Nebraska History The state’s first official guidebook is part of the classic WPA American Guide Series. This edition exclusively features a 1938 replica fold-out map of the state and an introduction from M. Lisle Reese, the former director of the South Dakota Writers’ Project.

Looking for History on Highway 14 John E. Miller 274 pages, 5¼ x 9 inches 45 b/w photographs, maps, drawings ISBN 0-9622621-6-1 $17.95 paper 2001 (1993) A sample slice of small-town South Dakota Literary Contribution Award— Mountain Plains Library Association “This book employs a blend of history, journalism, and travelogue.”—Great Plains Quarterly With this book in hand, travel along U.S. Highway 14 from Elkton to Mount Rushmore.

History of South Dakota Fourth Edition, Revised Herbert S. Schell Revised, with a new preface and new chapters, by John E. Miller 444 pages, 6 x 9 inches 32 b/w photographs, 9 maps and charts, supplementary reading lists ISBN 0-9715171-3-4 $24.95 paper 2004 The classic history of the state “Schell’s History of South Dakota is the finest history of the state that has been written, and after being out of print for almost two decades has been updated by the SDSHS Press.”—James D. McLaird, professor emeritus, Dakota Wesleyan University Herbert Schell provides a picture of South Dakota’s political, economic, social, and environmental history, identifying the local, regional, national, and global forces that shaped the fortieth state through World War II. John Miller picks up the story at the beginning of the Cold War and chronicles the remainder of the twentieth century.

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Hard Knocks

Gold, Gals, Guns, Guts

Ethnic Oasis

A Life Story of the Vanishing West Harry (“Sam”) Young Introduction by James D. McLaird

A History of Deadwood, Lead, and Spearfish, 1874–1976 Edited and with a new introduction by Bob Lee Stan Lindstrom and Wynn Lindstrom, assistant editors

The Chinese in the Black Hills Liping Zhu & Rose Estep Fosha

240 pages, 5 x 7 inches 15 b/w photographs ISBN 0-9749195-1-9 $17.95 paper 2005 Memoir of the last man to serve Wild Bill Hickok a drink “Amusing, informative writing filled with original detail, this book makes a great addition to any collector’s Old West library.” —Chronicle of the Old West “Hard Knocks is a wonder to read and a reminder of the glory and sometimes gory days of the Wild West.”—Deadwood Magazine

108 pages, 6 x 9 inches 13 color plates, 23 b/w photographs ISBN 0-9715171-7-7 $15.95 paper 2004

260 pages, 8½ x 10 inches 171 b/w photographs, 29 drawings, 3 maps ISBN 0-9715171-8-5 $24.95 paper 2004

An untold chapter in the Chinese American experience

The dramatic and dangerous early years of the northern Black Hills “A coffee-table-size paperback, extensively illustrated with photographs, with excerpts from local newspapers in the margins, Gold, Gals, Guns, Guts is informative, entertaining, and an all-round good read.”—Roundup magazine

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“This small, affordable volume has much to offer anyone interested in the history and archaeology of the Chinese in the West.”—Western Historical Quarterly Ethnic Oasis presents the history and archaeology of the Chinese experiences in Deadwood, including color photographs of artifacts recovered during excavations in the city’s Chinatown.


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