South Dakota History

The South Dakota State Historical Society was created by the Legislature in 1901, and has been the keeper of state’s history ever since. Today we operate five program areas—archaeology, archives, historic preservation, museum, and research and publishing. Explore South Dakota’s history—list your home on the National Register of Historic Places, read our publications, study in our research room, and visit our museum.
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The Children's Blizzard by David Laskin covers one of the saddest days in South Dakota history, Jan. 12, 1888.

The Children's Blizzard by David Laskin covers one of the saddest days in South Dakota history, Jan. Same winter described in Laura Ingalls Wilder book "The Long Winter".

Does this photo really show the notorious Jack McCall, Wild Bill Hickok's Killer?

John "Jack" McCall or lso known as "Crooked Nose Jack" or "Broken Nose Jack", was the murderer of Old West legend Wild Bill Hickok, shooting him from behind while he played poker at Nuttal Mann's Saloon in Deadwood, Dakota Territory on August

President Lincoln in progress on Mount Rushmore.

"More and more we sensed we were creating a truly great thing, and after a while all of us old hands became truly dedicated to it and determined to stick to it." -Red Anderson, former Mount Rushmore carver

Sketches in Plaster in the planning of Mount Rushmore.

Mount Rushmore - Creating Giants in the Black Hills of South Dakota - South dakota Tourism

From the Reptile Gardens' Photo Gallery. Taken in the Summer of 1959.

From the Reptile Gardens' Photo Gallery. Taken in the Summer of Rapid City

Johnny Brocklesby in 1954. From the Rapid City Journal.

Johnny Brocklesby riding the Reptile Gardens giant tortoise in From the Rapid City Journal.

Bustling downtown Yankton, circa 1903. Photo courtesy of the Yankton County Historical Society.

Bustling downtown Yankton, circa The Fantles department store is on the right. Photo courtesy of the Yankton County Historical Society.

Read about auto racing legends. Read more about auto racing in our June 22 Go Outdoors section.

EARL COOPER

Global Gallery Racing automobiles' by H. Armstrong Roberts Framed Graphic Art Size: H x W x D

Crazy Horse

Claimed to be a photograph of Oglala Lakota war leader Crazy Horse, although no photograph of him has ever been authenticated. This is probably Little Big Man, Oglala warrior and one of those involved in killing Crazy Horse.

Brothel owner Bismarck Anne and a lady named Crazy Horse enjoy a hard-earned drink.

brothel owner bismarck anne and a lady named crazy horse enjoy a hard-earned drink

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