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Jackrabbit Tales to be told in Cultural Heritage Center program


CONTACT: Jeff Mammenga, Media Coordinator, 605-773-6000, jeff.mammenga@state.sd.us 


Jackrabbit Tales to be told in Cultural Heritage Center program  


PIERRE, S.D. – Tales about South Dakota’s only land grant institution will be told during a Feb. 24 program at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre. 


V.J. Smith of Brookings will share interesting tales about the people, times, and events that have helped shape South Dakota State University in Brookings during a program that begins at 7 p.m. CST on Monday, Feb. 24. Smith will draw on stories from his book, “Jackrabbit Tales,” as well as incorporate some stories from the book he co-wrote with Amy Dunkle, “The College on the Hill.” Everyone is welcome to attend the free program. 


“V.J. Smith’s talk will delight all listeners, not just those with a connection to SDSU. The tales he will tell are heartwarming stories that help keep alive the memory of people who made a difference. They show us that we can all have an impact on others,” said Catherine Forsch, chief executive officer of the South Dakota Historical Society Foundation. The foundation is the nonprofit fundraising partner of the South Dakota State Historical Society and the sponsor of the History and Heritage Book Club. 


Smith is in Pierre for the legislative session, as he represents District 7 in the state Senate. 


The February program is the second time that Smith has spoken to the History and Heritage Book Club. His presentation last winter was based on his book “The Richest Man in Town.” The book tells about Marty, who had a profound impact on the people who went through his checkout line at Walmart. 


Smith grew up in Eureka and began his association with SDSU when his seventh-grade science teacher took him to a science fair at the university.  


“It was love at first sight,” Smith wrote in the dedication of “Jackrabbit Tales.”  


Smith graduated from SDSU in 1978, serving as student body president in 1977-78. He returned to his alma mater in 1990 as assistant athletic director for the SDSU athletic program. He was executive director of the SDSU Alumni Association from 1996 to 2007. Smith is a professional speaker, as well as an author.  


“Jackrabbit Tales” and “The Richest Man in Town” are sold at the Heritage Stores at the Cultural Heritage Center and the Capitol in Pierre, or online at www.sdhsf.org


People may participate in the program via the internet or by telephone. Please call 605-773-6006 at least two days in advance of the program for more information. 




About the South Dakota State Historical Society 

The South Dakota State Historical Society is a division of the Department of Education. The State Historical Society, an Affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, is headquartered at the South Dakota Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre. The center houses the society’s world-class museum, the archives, and the historic preservation, publishing, and administrative/development offices. Call 605-773-3458 or visit www.history.sd.gov for more information. The society also has an archaeology office in Rapid City; call 605-394-1936 for more information. 


About the South Dakota Historical Society Foundation 

The South Dakota Historical Society Foundation is a private charitable nonprofit that seeks funding to assist the South Dakota State Historical Society in programming and projects to preserve South Dakota’s history and heritage for future generations.