2011 Fall-Winter Newsletter
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1South Dakota Humanities Council
N e w s l e t t e rSDHC celebrates 40 years!Fall/Winter 2011
Anniversary campaign asks What Makes a South Dakotan? The South Dakota Humanities Council, a statewide organization with a unique mission, was formed in 1972 in response to an act of Congress.
As the only cultural organization in the state whose sole mission is to deliver humanities programming to the people of South Dakota, we are celebrating our 40th anniversary in 2012 by reflecting on the origins and the identities of the people we serve.
We want to know What Makes a South Dakotan?We need your stories to answer that question. Your entries and perspectives will make up the fifth volume of SDHCs South Dakota Stories series, to be released in Sioux Falls at our 10th Annual South Dakota Festival of Books (Sept. 28-30).
The SDHC will be hosting a series of Civic Reflections gatherings in the coming months to help spur this discussion and get you thinking about this broad question. We encourage you to take part in these discussions (times and locations will be announced
soon), and we are already accepting submissions for the new book.
To submit, please visit http://www.sdhumanities.org and click on Programs and Events then What Makes a South Dakotan.
We want the real stories of the authentic South Dakota experience, and what better way to get it than to call on citizens of our state? This book is intended to offer new and diverse recognitions of who we are and what were about here and now in South Dakota.
Drawing on your personal experiences and obser-vations, tell us your story; your take on the question weve posed.
We at the SDHC are excited to celebrate our anni-versary by creating the fifth installment of our South Dakota Stories series, and you can be part of it. Help us celebrate by telling your story.
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Festival of Books a success
New SDHC board members
Award-winning SDHC program
Distinguished Service awards
2012 programming theme
Upcoming SDHC events
Submit stories for new SDHC book
One Book revealed
2SDHC BoardSen. Tom Dempster
Doris GiagoExecutive Committee
Fee JacobsenGovernor Appointee
Hon. Judith Meierhenry
Dr. Matthew MoenExecutive CommitteeGovernor Appointee
Hon. Lawrence Piersol
Scott RauschGovernor Appointee
Rebecca SchenkGovernor Appointee
Ann McKay ThompsonPast Chair
2012 One Book Selected Since 2003, the One Book South Dakota program has encour-aged everyone across our state to read and discuss the same novel or memoir throughout the course of a year.
The South Dakota Humanities Council is pleased to announce that Dammed Indians Revis-ited: The Continuing History of the Pick-Sloan Plan and the Missouri River Sioux will serve communities throughout the state as the 2012 One Book South Dakota selection. In this years One Book, Michael Lawson astutely examines the 1944 Pick-Sloan Plan and the devastating effects on Ameri-can Indian populations located near flooded areas caused by the project.
The ideas central within the book remind us of the many challenges we face as South Dakotans; these ideas require us to think thoughtfully and criti-cally about ourselves and our values. Dammed Indians Revisited bridges SDHCs cur-rent American Indian Cultures programming theme with next years theme, Water. These themes provide a platform for communities across the state to focus on issues that dominate current South Dakota discourse, issues that we are all affected by on some level. We encourage you and everyone in your community to join in the ongoing conversation that One Book South Dakota provides.
SDHC is pleased that long-time partner South Dakota Historical Society Press will publish a custom edition of the book for the One Book program. This is the first-time SDHC has chosen a South Dakota publisher to print the One Book selection. Excerpts and reviews of the book are available at http://www.sdshspress.com/
Heres how you apply:
1. Get a group together-Any book club or organization is eligible to apply for a reading program. Just set the date for your discussion and indicate that youd like to discuss this years One Book South Dakota. If desired, you may also contact a scholar to lead your discussion.
2. Apply-If your book club would like to apply, find a sponsoring organization (this can be any non-profit organization, such as a library, museum, or book club). Download an application from www.sdhumanities.org/programs_book.htm. Mail your completed ap-plication and a $40 application fee to South Dakota Humanities Council, 1215 Trail Ridge Rd., Suite A, Brookings, SD, 57006.
3. Wait for the Mail-SDHC will mail a circulating library of books along with study guides and promotional materials to your group. When youre done with the program, simply mail the books and a short evaluation of the program back to us.
4. Promote, publicize, and conduct your event-This is where you can really help us out. Draw a crowd! At your event, be sure to thank the South Dakota Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities for support.
3South Dakota Humanities Council
Ninth Annual Festival of BooksSave the Date!
South Dakota Festival of Books
Sept. 28-30, 2012in Sioux Falls
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1215 Trail Ridge Rd., Suite A, Brookings, SD
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This years Festival of Books in Deadwood was one of the most successful to date for the South Dakota Humanities Council in terms of attendance. In all, the recorded attendance at the 2011 festival in Deadwood was 5,692, which is double that of the 2009 Deadwood festi-val and one of the highest attendance figures in the events nine-year history. Along with the large crowds seen at the festival, 11 towns participated in the supplementary Authors on the Road program. From upperclassmen at USD to kindergartners at Zion Lutheran School in Rapid City, over 5,400 people across the state met with festival au-thors outside of Deadwood.
The large crowds braved rainy weather to come out to this years festival, and the highlights were many. Writing workshops, book signings, poetry readings, panel discussions, film screenings, and special events made up the weekends activities, and attendees had to be quick heading from session to session to ensure they got seats at their favorite events as many were filled to capacity.
The festival kicked off with an Ignite: South Dakota event at the Roundhouse in Lead featuring festival authors and leaders of local cultural organizations. The event also served as the official release for 2012s One Book South Dakota, Dammed Indians Revisited by Michael Lawson. The SD State Historical Society Press was on hand to an-nounce the selection and demonstrate its importance to our state. This year, 62 discus-sion groups around the state came together to read Joseph Marshall IIIs The Journey of Crazy Horse: A Lakota History prior to his keynote lecture at the festival. A crowd of 450, made up of book group members, festival-goers, and students from area tribal schools, gathered to eat at the American Indian Feed. Afterward, over 500 heard Josephs re-marks at the Deadwood Mountain Grand, a new festival venue.
Other notable events included Friday nights Literary Feast. Dubbed An Evening of Crime and Mystery, the event featured popular crime and mystery writers who spoke in front of a packed house at the Martin & Masons 1898 Ballroom. While this was going on, the Franklin Hotels Gold Room also had patrons standing outside the venue trying to see and listen to South Dakota Public Broadcastings live recording of Rock Garden Tour. Ian Fraziers boxed lunch lecture on Travels in Siberia proved to be another event where seats filled up fast and books whizzed off the racks.
For the most current information on the 2012 Festival of Books, visit the festival website at www.sdbookfestival.com, and check back often as we release new information on the line-up and special events! Thanks to all those involved in the festival who so graciously donated their time, resources, and efforts.
Deadwood event is a hit!
Author Suzanne Julin of Washington reads from her book A Marvelous Hundred Square Miles: Black Hills Tourism, 1880-1941 at the 2011 Festival of Books. Photo by Toby Brusseau.
(Clockwise, from top) Pine Ridge High School students hold up their copies of The Journey of Crazy Horse (Thanks to SD Commu-nity Foundation and Fishback Financial for donating 2,400 copies to tribal high schoolers across the state); SDPB produces a Rock Garden Tour live recording; a young festival-goer wins an American Girl doll at the Tea Party; Bruce Junek, Tass Thacker and Mark St. Pierre chat with fans during the Mass Book Signing; Merlyn Magner signs her book Come into the Water; Joseph Marshall III gives his keynote lecture. Photos by Toby Brusseau. View more photos at www.facebook.com/sdbookfestival.
5 South Dakota Humanities Council
The South Dakota Humanities Council Board of Directors added five new members this fall. Matthew Moen, Tom Fishback, Judith Meierhenry, Law-rence Piersol and Julie Moore-Peterson bring unique and extensive experience to the 18-member board, which oversees the s