South Dakota Stories


The South Dakota Humanities Council published five collections of stories written by and about your friends, family, and neighbors who call South Dakota home. The most recent edition, What Makes A South Dakotan?, was published in the fall of 2012 and released at the 2012 South Dakota Festival of Books.

The stories in these books were born in various chapters of our state’s history, and each collection documents a large theme of life in South Dakota.

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For details about purchasing 10 or more copies of South Dakota Stories editions, and/or instructions for how to order by mail, call (605) 688-6113 or email info@sdhumanities.org.

One-room Country School

One-room Country School

Rural life is the legacy of the state of South Dakota, and at the foundation of this legacy is the one-room country school, the theme of the first book in the “South Dakota Stories” series

Country Congregations

Country Congregations

The affection for and nostalgia about the rural country church has many parallels to people’s feelings about the rural school, which made for a logical sequel exploring churches – country congregations were a bond that held the community together

On the Homefront

On the Homefront

In war, family contributions extend beyond the absent beloved. In this collection of stories contributed by people from across South Dakota, readers explore not only perspectives of those who served on the front line, but also share in the experiences of those left to defend another front – The Homefront.

Life on the Farm & Ranch

Life on the Farm & Ranch

This book tells the stories of ranchers and farmers – and their families – who made their homes and livings from sprawling ranches and farmsteads in South Dakota

What Makes a South Dakotan

What Makes a South Dakotan

To commemorate 40 years of humanities programming in South Dakota, SDHC collected stories from South Dakota natives and residents for the fifth book in the “South Dakota Stories” series, and the resulting publication won a prestigious national award for preserving the state’s history

Order the Bundle & Read All Five!

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