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State Historical Society rediscovering the writings of Laura Ingalls Wilder
The South Dakota State Historical Society’s Pioneer Girl Project has released its next book exploring the writings and legacy of Laura Ingalls Wilder.


2020-21 Report Card confirms COVID Impact Report findings
The 2020-21 Report Card is now available at sdschools.sd.gov. The Report Card is produced by the South Dakota Department of Education and provides information on how students and schools across the state performed.


South Dakota students persevere in taking ACT, scores stay above national average
South Dakota’s average ACT composite score for 2021 was 21.6, compared to the national average of 20.3.


Ballard selected as 2022 South Dakota Teacher of the Year
Stephanie Ballard, a special education teacher at George S. Mickelson Middle School in Brookings, has been named the 2022 South Dakota Teacher of the Year. Secretary of Education Tiffany Sanderson made the announcement this evening at a banquet at the Drifters Event Center in Fort Pierre.


South Dakota schools recognized as 2021 National ESEA Distinguished Schools
The Department of Education is pleased to announce that Explorer Elementary (Harrisburg) and Platte-Geddes Elementary have been named 2021 National ESEA (Elementary and Secondary Education Act) Distinguished Schools. They will be honored at the National ESEA Conference to be held in February 2022.

Cultural Heritage Center program will focus on Geronimo, Sitting Bull
The stories of two of America’s most famous Native American leaders will be told during a program at the Cultural Heritage Center on Thursday, Oct. 14.

State Historical Society puts more historic newspapers online
More South Dakota towns are now represented in the digitized historical newspaper collections on Chronicling America, the South Dakota State Historical Society has announced.


Gov. Noem proclaims October as Archives Month
Gov. Kristi Noem has proclaimed October as Archives Month in South Dakota.

“South Dakota History” examines Sioux Falls College, cadets in Spearfish, German-language newspapers, Rose Wilder Lane
Sioux Falls College, cadet training in Spearfish, German-language newspapers and the writings of Rose Wilder Lane are highlighted in the latest issue of “South Dakota History,” the quarterly journal of the South Dakota State Historical Society.


Gov. Noem proclaims October as Archives Month
Gov. Kristi Noem has proclaimed October as Archives Month in South Dakota.

“South Dakota History” examines Sioux Falls College, cadets in Spearfish, German-language newspapers, Rose Wilder Lane
Sioux Falls College, cadet training in Spearfish, German-language newspapers and the writings of Rose Wilder Lane are highlighted in the latest issue of “South Dakota History,” the quarterly journal of the South Dakota State Historical Society.


Take-to-Make Beady Pheasant at Cultural Heritage Center on Oct. 2
The Family Fun Saturday Take-to-Make on Oct. 2 from 10-11:30 a.m. CDT (9-10:30 a.m. MDT) at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre will feature a beady pheasant.


Four South Dakota schools named 2021 National Blue Ribbon Schools
Four South Dakota schools are among 325 schools nationwide recognized by the U.S. Department of Education this week as National Blue Ribbon Schools for 2021. The recognition is based on a school's overall academic performance or progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups.


Pierre man to share his “Prairie Memories” at Cultural Heritage Center program
A collection of weekly columns by Gary Heintz for the Pierre Capital Journal have been gathered into a book titled “Prairie Memories,” which Heintz will discuss during a program at 7 p.m. CDT (6 p.m. MDT) on Thursday, Sept. 30.


State Historical Society seeks public input on preservation needs
The State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) of the South Dakota State Historical Society at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre is preparing for its federal fiscal year 2022 grant application and invites public comment through Oct. 31 on the state’s preservation needs and projects.


State law requires Board of Education Standards meeting postponed to Oct. 25
The next meeting of the South Dakota Board of Education Standards has been postponed to Oct. 25 at the Ramkota Convention Center in Aberdeen. This meeting will include the public hearing for proposed content standards in several career and technical education career clusters, fine arts, and social studies. The meeting was previously scheduled for Sept. 20 in Aberdeen and is being postponed to comply with state law requirements for these hearings.


Public input invited for survey of historic architecture in Brule, Lyman counties
The South Dakota State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO), within the South Dakota State Historical Society at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre, recently contracted with Johnson, Mirmiran, & Thompson, Inc. (JMT, Inc.) to complete a survey of historic architecture in Brule and Lyman counties. JMT, Inc. will be conducting fieldwork in September from the public right-of-way.

State Historical Society offers property tax moratorium
South Dakota State Historical Society officials remind property owners that Nov. 1 is the deadline to apply for the state property tax moratorium.


Kites & Bites program Sept. 11 at Cultural Heritage Center and Hilger’s Gulch
The South Dakota State Historical Society Museum and Becki Potrzeba State Farm Agency in Pierre are teaming up to present Kites & Bites at the museum’s Family Fun Saturday on Sept.11 from 10-11:30 a.m. CDT (9-10:30 MDT).

Deadwood’s past featured in Sept. 9 program at Cultural Heritage Center
Deadwood’s past includes a man who saved it from extinction. His role will be remembered in an author presentation at 7 p.m. CDT (6 p.m. MDT) on Thursday, Sept. 9.


Build Dakota success leads to more industry participation and student support, helping address South Dakota workforce challenges
The seventh cohort of Build Dakota Scholarship Fund students will begin classes this month, helping to fill the gap of essential workforce needs for South Dakota.

State Historical Society announces fall Deadwood Fund grant applications
The South Dakota State Historical Society announces that the applications for the next round of the Deadwood Fund grant program should be postmarked no later than Oct. 1 for work beginning no sooner than Jan. 1, 2022.


Civics and History Initiative pilot grants awarded and second round of applications open
The first round of recipients of Civics and History Initiative pilot grants have been announced. Funded projects highlight the sacrifices of WWII veterans, implement the We the People program, and expand the study of Native American culture using the Oceti Sakowin Essential Understandings and Standards.


JAG-SD expands to three more schools in 2021-22
The South Dakota Department of Education is pleased to announce that three more schools will be offering the Jobs for America’s Graduates-South Dakota (JAG-SD) program beginning in the 2021-22 school year, bringing the total number of schools to nine.


Education department announces guidelines for 2021-22 free or reduced-price meal programs
Today, Child and Adult Nutrition Services in the South Dakota Department of Education is releasing guidelines for the 2021-22 free milk or free and reduced-price meals programs.


Story of five Lake Shetek women will be told at Cultural Heritage Center
A story of survival will be told in a program on Wednesday, Aug. 18, at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre.

Proposed content standards posted for public comment
Proposed content standards in several subject areas are now posted for public comment on the South Dakota Department of Education’s website.


10 students receive Hagen-Harvey scholarships
Ten students have received Richard Hagen-Minerva Harvey Memorial State scholarships. This scholarship program provides up to $6,000 over four years for study at a public or non-public accredited university, college, or technical college located in South Dakota to enrolled members of American Indian tribes.


First Congregational Church in Vermillion listed in National Register of Historic Places
The First Congregational Church in Vermillion was added to the National Register of Historic Places on July 16, the South Dakota State Historical Society has announced.

“South Dakota History” examines mapping, Indian reform, and missionaries
Black Hills mapping, Indian reformer Charles C. Painter, and missionary families in the northern plains are highlighted in the latest issue of “South Dakota History,” the quarterly journal of the South Dakota State Historical Society.

State Historical Society hosting Measuring South Dakota program Aug. 7 at Capitol Lake Visitors Center
The South Dakota State Historical Society Museum at the Cultural Heritage Center will change up its usual Family Fun Saturday in August and hold the event Saturday, Aug. 7, at the Capitol Lake Visitors Center in Pierre from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. CDT (9 a.m.-1 p.m. MDT).


State Library announces $1.9M in grants to 78 libraries
At today’s State Library Board meeting, it was announced that 78 South Dakota libraries have received $1.9 million in grants funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) through American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds.

Department releases COVID-19 report and plans Aug. 4 Education Summit
The South Dakota Department of Education has released a report about the impact of COVID-19 on the state’s K-12 education system, based on a survey the department distributed to school leaders last May. The report examines what the 2020-21 school year looked like, impacts of the pandemic, and how the department will address pressing needs going forward.


South Dakota again receives highest ratings under IDEA
At today’s Board of Education Standards meeting, it was announced that South Dakota has received the highest rating possible under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, or IDEA, for both Parts B and C for the most recent reporting year of federal fiscal year 2019.