Topics: American Old West, Discussion Leader, History, Native American, South Dakota
Program Types: One Book South Dakota, Speakers Bureau
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South Dakota and the Northern Plains
This is a versatile program focusing on a wide range of events associated with the history of South Dakota and the Northern Plains. As a long-time Speakers Bureau scholar, Tennant developed and shared numerous presentations on a variety of topics often based on a sponsoring group’s interests. Organizations interested in a specific topic within this title need only contact Tennant, and arrangements can be made. Programs can be adapted for any audience.
The Lewis and Clark Expedition
This program can easily be adjusted to cover various aspects of the Lewis and Clark Expedition depending on a group’s specific interest (e.g., Native Americans, wildlife, military, food/nutrition, medicine, members, et cetera). The program can be adapted for any audience.
This program includes the history and culture of the Arikara, their role in intertribal trade, the impact of disease, their encounter with Lewis and Clark, and their conflicts with the U.S. government from 1807 to the 1820s. The program can be adapted for any audience.
South Dakota During the Progressive Era
Tennant places events occurring in South Dakota within the period known as the Progressive Era. Topics include political figures such as Peter Norbeck, the impact of the Populist movement in South Dakota and the Progressive Era, and legislation regarding the state’s economy, workers, education, tourism, and more. The program can be adapted for any audience.
South Dakota and the New Deal
This program addresses the beginning of the depression years for rural states such as South Dakota beginning in the early 1920s. Different New Deal programs during the 1930s and their legacy are the main topics included in the presentation.