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Call (605) 773-6009
Or visit http://www.sdshspress.com (shipping will be refunded on orders made through the website)
A former state senator’s book has won national honors. North of Twelfth Street: The Changing Face of Sioux Falls Neighborhoods features Tom Dempster’s photographs and has earned one of ForeWord Reviews’ Book of the Year Awards. The South Dakota State Historical Society Press published the book in 2012.
In North of Twelfth Street, Dempster shows the changing landscape of Sioux Falls through beautiful images and insights into his hometown.
ForeWord Reviews presents the awards to the best works coming from today’s independent, university and small press communities. “The book is an offering to my Sioux Falls. I am thrilled and thankful for this award,” said Dempster.
Sioux Falls is the largest city in South Dakota and has a rich history and distinct neighborhoods. Born and raised in Sioux Falls, Dempster knows these neighborhoods well. His eye for a great photograph is enhanced by his intimate awareness of the city’s people, buildings, and vibe. In North of Twelfth Street, Dempster focuses his lens on the oldest and most diverse districts. With his book, he provides a window into some of the best-known buildings in Sioux Falls and the lives of those who live and work in these neighborhoods. Gary D. Olson places Dempster’s stunning images in context with an essay on the area’s historical foundations.
“Tom Dempster has created a superb reference to Sioux Falls, and this Honorable Mention recognizes the value of his efforts,” said Jay D. Vogt, director of the South Dakota State Historical Society. Two other SDSHS Press books—Waiting for Coyote’s Call by Jerry Wilson and A Marvelous Hundred Square Miles by Suzanne Barta Julin—have also been finalists for the ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year Awards.
Dempster, who lives in Sioux Falls, served as a Minnehaha County commissioner for nine years and in the South Dakota State Senate from 2001 to 2010. His photography is found in museums and private collections throughout the region.
Olson is a former academic dean and professor of history at Augustana College in Sioux Falls.
North of Twelfth Street: The Changing Face of Sioux Falls Neighborhoods is available for $34.95 plus shipping and tax and can be purchased from most bookstores or ordered directly from the South Dakota State Historical Society Press. Visit www.sdshspress.com or call (605) 773-6009.
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On 2 June, my husband, our cat, and I rode into town —not so much rode, as led a caravan that included a moving truck, a pick-up truck, and a couple of cars all packed with those materials that make up a home. Born and raised in Sioux Falls, I, like many young South Dakotans, had visited the state capital, but I never had the privilege of exploring the Pierre community. As the new marketing director for the South Dakota State Historical Society Press, I am pleased to say that that is changing. So far, my husband and I have ridden our bikes on the bike trail, eaten at La Minestra, walked La Framboise Island, and consumed a lot of Zesto ice cream. We have also enjoyed watching the carnival being set up on Missouri Street for Oahe Days this weekend.
While I have a long way to go before we know our way around Pierre, I have been learning about the Press’s authors, readers, publications, and, of course, current marketing strategies and practices. Familiarizing myself with the Pioneer Girl Project, the upcoming conference season, and getting to know the spectacular people that make up the Press and the South Dakota State Historical Society has been a great introduction into the community.
These past few weeks have gone by in a whirl, but I look forward to the work and fun times ahead. Leave me a suggestion in the comment section of this blog about any new marketing directions you might want the Press to consider. Also, please visit the page links below to stay up-to-date on what the Press is working on.
The Pioneer Girl Project, http://pioneergirlproject.org/
The SDSHSP Blog, www.sdshspress.wordpress.com
New Pioneer Girl Project blog post! http://ht.ly/m6LUV
In 2012, the South Dakota State Historical Society Press announced that it would publish Laura Ingalls Wilder’s previously unpublished autobiography, Pioneer Girl, in the summer of 2013.
Since that time, the Press has worked hard to keep its interested followers up to date with each step in the process. We knew that work on this book would be involved and deep, but we were unaware exactly how involved and how deep we, and principal editor/annotator Pamela Smith Hill, would find ourselves as the project progressed.
Time and again during the researching, writing, and editing of this book, we have found ourselves making new discoveries about Wilder and her early work. We have constantly been surprised at where we ended up when research led us in unexpected directions. Each twist and turn has been exciting, but unfortunately, it has also been time consuming.
So, it is with great regret that the Press is forced to announce a delay in the publication of Pioneer Girl: The Annotated Edition. At this time, we are working hard to expedite the process. However, we believe that all of our books deserve the highest possible level of research, writing, and production. With this in mind, we will strive for the earliest possible release date but will not shortchange the standards by which we have made our reputation.
The South Dakota State Historical Society Press thanks all those who have shown interest in Pioneer Girl. We will continue to update our progress on the book’s website, pioneergirlproject.org, and we will be announcing a revised publication date as soon as we can.
Nancy Tystad Koupal
Two of the South Dakota State Historical Society Press’s most popular titles about the cowboy culture of South Dakota and the Black Hills Gold Rush will soon be released in paperback.
Cowboy Life: The Letters of George Philip will be available in paperback in March of 2013 for $17.95. Illustrated by Mick B. Harrison and edited by Cathie Draine, this entertaining collection won a 2008 Award of Merit from the American Association for State and Local History. “Within the large body of autobiographies, letters, and memoirs of cowboy life, George Philip’s recollections rank among the best,” Richard W. Slatta writes in the afterword.
Ho! For the Black Hills: Captain Jack Crawford Reports the Gold Rush and Great Sioux War will also be available in paperback in April of 2013 for $18.95. Award-winning historian Paul L. Hedren has compiled these little-known reports to the Omaha Bee, writing an introduction and essays that place the correspondence in the greater context of the Black Hills Gold Rush and the Great Sioux War.
Both books may be pre-ordered on-line or by calling the Press at 605-773-6009.
How do I come up with one line? I have lots of favorite parts of the books we publish. The illustrations in Greet the Dawn are top-notch, and I enjoy looking at them over and over again, . . . but I don’t think illustrations count as our favorite “line!” I’m not from Sioux Falls, but North of Twelfth Street introduced me to the people and places that make up the historic districts of the city, and it did an excellent job of showing me the character of Sioux Falls. Again, that’s not really a line, though.
While I can’t choose a single, favorite line, I do have a favorite concept. I have read one part of Infinite West several times over: the Cedar Pass Lodge episode of the Badlands chapter. I love it when an author starts out making me laugh and ends up making me think. I like the way Fraser Harrison starts with a couple of humorous events—I readily identified with the poor fellow (or should I say “chap”) who pulled up thinking he was meant to stay at the lodge that night, and then realized he had arrived a week ahead of schedule. And there probably is barely a person alive who can’t identify with Harrison when he locked his whole life inside his cabin while he stood outside. Although, I can top his dilemma because in my own “lockout” my ten-month old baby remained inside my car, blissfully sitting in her seat staring at me through the window and giggling because she thought I was playing “peek-a-boo” with her.
The second concept is, I guess, an example of why I really like this book. The author is looking at the Badlands of South Dakota and comparing them to the human condition of aging—if he had just stuck to the Badlands, as majestic and wild-looking as they are, I would have found myself losing interest after a few paragraphs. But he intertwines the aging landscape with observations of his own age and aging—“My hair, once curly and dark, now resembles porridge.” Thanks to beauticians and hair-dye, I will never have to identify with that particular line! Harrison provides insights into his thoughts about aging and the natural course of feelings and emotions throughout this chapter. He reminds me that every day given is one that should be relished, and that we should grow and learn, not shrink and become self-absorbed. While not the first time I’ve “learned” this lesson, Harrison did an excellent job of giving a great lesson a new twist. I will look at aging, and the Badlands next time I visit them, in a different light thanks to his writing.
So, I choose not to provide one favorite line—it doesn’t do justice to my enjoyment of our 2012 books. Instead, I choose the fact that I learned from Fraser Harrison and identified with his communal human experiences; good reasons to choose a chapter rather than a sentence, if you ask me!
We are most fortunate that we have some wonderful authors/illustrators/designers who send us edible delights at this time of the year. (See the picture on the previous post.)
One such package arrived this morning full of delectable cheeses. We opened up the package and read the descriptions of the various cheeses. Each description is a veritable feast of words attempting to invoke the essence of that cheese’s particular combination of smell, flavor, and production. Hearing the words read out loud got me thinking: what if books were described in catalogs in a similar manner to food and wine?
So, here’s a few SDSHS Press books described in just that manner! See if you can guess which books are being described. Answers at the bottom.
Smatterings of gunpowder soaked in the essence of pine tree, with deep notes of newsprint, India ink, and brittle, old writing paper.
Horse-sweat undertones convey the campfire smoke and long, prairie grasses. Cow hides and charred rattlesnake form a beefy middle tone, while mere whiffs of fear clash with the powerful melodies of adrenaline and laughter linger from first taste to last.
Rubber tires, overheated tarmac, cordite, and exploding granite form the basic flavors, but there is a heady-yet-subtle vein of diner fry-pans, casinos, and cigarette smoke running throughout.
Whenever you put the words “Turkey” and “Thanksgiving” together there are obvious connotations, but in this particular case we’re talking about the country not the bird.
Last year, the SDSHS Press published Dancing with Colonels: A Young Woman’s Adventures in Wartime Turkey. Here, just in time for Thanksgiving, is Marjorie Havreberg’s Thanksgiving 1944 letter to her family in Redfield, South Dakota.
23 November 1944
Wondering what you are doing this Thanksgiving Day. Dinner at Lillian’s or dinner at Mother’s? At Lillian’s I suppose, and Mother bringing pies and things from home.
I packed my things at the hotel this morning and tomorrow morning they will be moved to the room that Ellen has vacated. Had lunch with Corelli at Karpiç’s. Afterwards there was a football game at the stadium (touch football) between the military “Redskins” and the Embassy “Palefaces,” but it was called off at the half on account of rain. It is raining today and it’s really a grey day but not unpleasant. It snowed some a few days ago—not in the low part of Ankara, but on the higher parts. The mountains are covered with snow. Hope there will be a lot of snow this winter, it’s nice and makes me think of South Dakota. The climate is actually a lot like South Dakota’s climate at its best. I love the cold clear days but they haven’t been really cold yet. Tonight all the Americans go to the Steinhardt’s for a buffet supper—turkey, cranberries, pumpkin pie, and all the rest that goes with an American Thanksgiving dinner. There will be a movie too and dancing I think and hope. It is the custom on all American holidays to go to the Steinhardt’s. I suppose that is the only time I will ever go there.