Saints and Family: A Story of Irish Immigration for St. Patrick’s Day

In celebration of St. Patrick’s Day tomorrow, read A Tale of Two Grandmothers: Immigration and Family on the Great Plains. This article from South Dakota History contains the experiences of author Dorothy Schwieder’s grandmothers who immigrated to Dakota Territory in the 1800s. Schwieder’s grandmother Margaret McBride Hubbard was from County Armagh, Ireland (now Northern Ireland) before she settled, with her husband, in the vicinity of Mitchell. Discover how family ties influenced the decision to emigrate from Ireland, and find the full article here: http://goo.gl/ffRxuu.

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Six of the ten Hubbard children circa 1902, Dorothy Schwieder Collection.

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Photo Recap of the South Dakota Governor’s Conference on Tourism

Every year tourism professionals gather in Pierre for the annual South Dakota Governor’s Conference on Tourism. At the event, as marketing director, I get to meet with retail business professionals and avid readers alike. This year I learned about new advertising venues, gave away our celebrated book Love Letters from Mount Rushmore, and had an interesting conversation with some of Deadwood Alive’s most colorful characters about our amazing authors and illustrators.

The fabulous winner of South Dakota Historical Society Press book "Love Letters from Mount Rushmore".

The fabulous winner of South Dakota Historical Society Press book “Love Letters from Mount Rushmore”.

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The South Dakota Historical Society Press booth, featuring Chris Browne’s first children’s book “The Monster Who Ate the State.”

Wild Bill and Jack McCall check out the 'pretty pictures' in award-winning children's book "Tasunka: A Lakota Horse Legend," written and illustrated by Donald F. Montileaux

Wild Bill and Jack McCall check out the ‘pretty pictures’ in award-winning children’s book “Tasunka: A Lakota Horse Legend,” written and illustrated by Donald F. Montileaux

Visit #CelebrateSD for more!

—JMc

Midwest Book Review takes a look at “County Capitols”

Illustrated with black-and-white photography of historic courthouses throughout, County Capitols: The Courthouses of South Dakota is as much about the history of these storied edifices as their architecture. During the pioneer era, South Dakota communities competed fiercely for designation as a county seat (and access to railroad lines); such a distinction improved the odds that a town would flourish, and raised local land values. Land speculators especially had a vested interest in ensuring a courthouse would be established near their own property. This conflict of interest led to “courthouse fights” between rival communities, ranging from bidding wars to midnight excursions to steal county records, or even the destruction of nascent courthouses! County Capitols devotes two or more pages to each of dozens of courthouses, recounting the often colorful tales behind their creation and use, and makes an excellent addition to South Dakota state history shelves.—The Midwest Book Review

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State Historical Society to Release New Book on Political Culture at USD Conference

Cover with medallionAcross the country, election-night viewers typically see South Dakota as a “red” or Republican state, but is it really that simple? In their upcoming book from the South Dakota State Historical Society, editors Jon K. Lauck, John E. Miller and Donald C. Simmons, Jr., present 10 essays that focus on the unpredictability and inconsistencies in the state’s political culture. “The Plains Political Tradition: Essays on South Dakota Political Culture, Volume 2” will be released on Thursday, Nov. 13, at a conference hosted by the University of South Dakota in Vermillion.

“Our political heritage is much more varied and unique than people realize,” said Jay D. Vogt, director of the South Dakota State Historical Society, headquartered at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre. “The editors continue to shed light on the South Dakota political experience—connecting it to the greater Midwestern and American setting.”

South Dakota’s political landscape is a mix of geographical variations and political subcultures that changes over time. The first volume of “The Plains Political Tradition” examined this complexity, and this new volume explores compelling stories of direct democracy, organized labor, West River identity, New Deal planning, Cold War loyalty, bicultural conservatism and the Christian Left—among other topics. Tracking the shifting dialogues that make the Great Plains unique, the authors and editors take South Dakota further into the growing study of modern political culture.

Authors of the essays in “The Plains Political Tradition” will discuss their topics in a series of panels at the USD conference, which runs from 8:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. CST on Nov. 13. Tom Isern, University Distinguished Professor of History at North Dakota State University in Fargo, will give the luncheon keynote address. Contact Sandi Allred at sandi.allred@usd.edu or (605) 677-5242 to register. The event is free to the public.

“The Plains Political Tradition: Essays on South Dakota Political Culture, Volume 2” is available for $22.95 plus shipping and tax and can be purchased through most bookstores or ordered directly from the South Dakota Historical Society Press. Visit http://www.sdshspress.com or call (605) 773-6009. For distribution information, contact the South Dakota Historical Society Press at orders@sdshspress.com.

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Story Circle Book Reviews, “Circling Back Home: A Plainswoman’s Journey”

In her new memoir, Darcy Lipp-Acord writes about how she learned to embrace the agricultural lifestyle to which she was born. She also affirms her voice as a writer. She explores her faith and motherhood, and the choices they demand, and brings alive the push and pull of compromise that makes an enduring marriage. She thinks about community. But most importantly, she writes that precious and still rare thing: the truth of a woman’s life. [. . .] Because she writes well, and makes us care, it is a joy when Darcy Lipp-Acord can say, “I feel like I’ve finally arrived.” How she gets there makes a fine story, one that might inspire, a good one to pass along to a friend.

Susan Schoch, Story Circle Book Reviews

Read the full review here.

Dakota Midday Interview with Darcy Lipp-Acord, “Circling Back Home”

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“As I studied literature in college. . . .  there just wasn’t a lot out there about the woman who tended the home fires, who ran to town for parts, who cooked the meals, who took care of the children. There is a body of literature about the cowgirl who is out there alongside her husband, and that’s honorable in its own right, but I felt like the story of so many women of the plains needed to be honored—because of their importance, not just in an agricultural lifestyle, but any lifestyle. . . .”—Darcy Lipp-Acord speaking about Circling Back Home: A Plainswoman’s Journey on Dakota Midday, 24 February 2014.

Listen to the rest of her interview here.

Darcy Lipp-Acord will be speaking live for the History and Heritage Book Club at three locations via the Digital Dakota Network on 11 March 2014.

  • Pierre:  Cultural Heritage Center, 7PM CST
  • Rapid City: South Dakota School of Mines, Classroom Building, room 109, 6PM MST
  • Sioux Falls: South Dakota University Center, Administration Building, room 145, 7PM CST

Circling Back Home: A Plainswoman’s Journey is available for $16.95 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. For publicity information, please contact our Marketing Director at info@sdshspress.com.