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State Library congratulates first-round recipients of Library Technology grants
The South Dakota State Library is pleased to announce 19 recipients of the first round of Library Technology grants funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services through the federal CARES Act. Awardees received $1,000 or $2,000 grants to update, expand, or improve technology in their libraries.

State Historical Society exhibit “Silent Silos” wins AASLH Award of Excellence
The American Association for State and Local History announces that the Museum of the South Dakota State Historical Society at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre is the recipient of an Award of Excellence for the exhibit “Silent Silos: South Dakota’s Missile Range.”

State Library aims for 100,000 summer reading program participants as programs move online
The South Dakota State Library encourages South Dakotans of all ages to join their local library’s summer reading program, with a goal of reaching 100,000 participants this summer.

State Historical Society’s “Picturing the Past” paperback now available
A new paperback edition of “Picturing the Past: South Dakota’s Historic Places” from the South Dakota State Historical Society celebrates iconic historic buildings.

Western Writers honor South Dakota Historical Society Press
The South Dakota Historical Society Press has been named the 2020 John M. Cleary Homestead Honoree for its outstanding support of the Western Writers of America (WWA) and the literature of the American West.

New Historical Society book offers personal look at life during Great Depression
“A Dust Bowl Book of Days, 1932” by Craig Volk, the latest book from the South Dakota Historical Society Press, invites readers into the day-to-day life of a Mitchell woman and her family as they struggle to survive.

Special education report now available online
Information regarding school districts’ performance on improving the educational outcomes of students with disabilities is now available online. The Special Education Report is released annually by June 1.

State Library recognizes 21st Century School Libraries
The South Dakota State Library has announced the 2020 recipients of the 21st Century School Library Award. This award recognizes school libraries as Effective, Enhanced or Exemplary, based on performance in three areas: place, which refers to the learning environment (both physical and online), programming and the professional.

State Historical Society awards three historic preservation grants
Historic preservation projects in Huron, Sisseton, and Yankton recently received matching grants from the South Dakota State Historical Society.

Fur trade focus of new State Historical Society book
The latest book from the South Dakota State Historical Society looks at the history of two fur trade posts on the upper Missouri River.

Celebrating Teacher Appreciation Week and announcing Regional Teachers of the Year
“While schools and communities won’t be able to hold face-to-face Teacher Appreciation Week celebrations this year, I hope they find some unique ways to thank teachers for all they do,” said Secretary of Education Ben Jones. “I continue to be amazed at everything our state’s teachers are doing to ensure that South Dakota students keep learning, even during these extended school closures.”

New digital programs for students, adults now available from Cultural Heritage Center Museum
The Museum of the South Dakota State Historical Society at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre has released new digital activities for students and families while schools are closed due to social distancing across the state.

Governor Noem proclaims May as Archaeology & Historic Preservation Month
Governor Kristi Noem has proclaimed May as Archaeology & Historic Preservation Month in South Dakota.

Benedictine priests on Indian reservations focus of “South Dakota History”
The Spring 2020 issue of “South Dakota History,” the quarterly journal of the South Dakota State Historical Society, highlights the legacy of Benedictine missions on the Crow Creek and Standing Rock Indian reservations.

Four more state properties listed on National Register of Historic Places
Four more South Dakota properties were recently added to the National Register of Historic Places, according to the South Dakota State Historical Society.

State Historical Society participates in May Day activities
Every year on May 1, historical societies, archives, museums, and libraries are encouraged to spend some time preparing their organization in the event of a disaster.

Celebrate School Lunch Hero Day May 1
May 1 is School Lunch Hero Day, a special day to celebrate the hard work and dedication of school nutrition professionals. The South Dakota Department of Education invites students, school staff, parents, and communities to thank their local school lunch and breakfast staff.

State Historical Society announces Governor’s Awards for History
The South Dakota State Historical Society is recognizing four individuals and two organizations with 2020 Governor’s Awards for History for their efforts in preserving state history.

Her Vote. Her Voice. delegation encourages absentee voting
Absentee voting begins April 17 for the June 2 election, and Her Vote. Her Voice. is providing support and resources to encourage South Dakota citizens to exercise their hard-fought-for voting rights.

State Historical Society seeks help in documenting COVID-19 in South Dakota
The South Dakota State Historical Society in Pierre is seeking assistance in documenting how the current COVID-19 pandemic crisis is affecting people in South Dakota.