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Blog

  1. Jane Smiley’s rural farm family saga launches 2016 One Book South Dakota Tragedies, triumph, history and the everyday life of a Midwestern farm family mix in the 2016 One Book South Dakota selection… Continue Reading

  2. Elizabeth Fenn's decade of research involved tracking the appearance of the Mandans in explorers’ and fur traders’ journals and in archaeological trenches; biking the Sakakawea Country in North Dakota around the lake that flooded the tribe’s home in the 1950s; and interviewing contemporary Mandans and participating in their tribal ceremonies. Continue Reading

Programs & Events

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All Day | West Middle School
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Feb
All Day | West Middle School
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Feb
All Day | West Middle School
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Feb
2:00 pm | STAR Academy
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Feb
All Day | West Middle School
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Feb
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Feb

South Dakota Humanities Council

The South Dakota Humanities Council (SDHC), founded in 1972 in response to an act of Congress, is a 501(c)(3) non-profit and the only cultural organization in the state whose sole mission is to deliver humanities programming to the people of South Dakota. Our vision is to "lead statewide advocacy for the humanities, working with other partners to foster literary and civic engagement." This programming vision forms the core mission:

The South Dakota Humanities Council celebrates literature, promotes civil conversation, and tells the stories that define our state.

Research is formalized curiosity. It is poking and prying with a purpose. It is a seeking that he who wishes may know the cosmic secrets of the world and they that dwell therein.
- Zora Neale Hurston