TOC’s Lewis and Clark Program Honored

Lewis and Clark had to employ a lot of outdoor skills to survive their journey.
Lewis and Clark had to employ a lot of outdoor skills to survive their journey.

PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota State Historical Society will be presenting the Governor’s Awards for History on Saturday, April 5, during its annual history conference in Pierre.Three individuals and two organizations are being recognized by the State Historical Society for their efforts in preserving state history.

The award winners include Barbara Johnson of Aberdeen, Steve Olson of Watertown, Harl A. Dalstrom of Omaha, Neb., The Outdoor Campus of Sioux Falls and the Whitewood Public Library in Whitewood.

“These people and organizations are to be commended for their efforts at preserving our state’s history,” said Gov. Dennis Daugaard. “Because of their work, our past will be kept alive for future generations in South Dakota.”

“We are pleased to give out these awards,” added Jay D. Vogt, director of the State Historical Society. “These are just a few of the shining examples of how people across the state and beyond are helping us in our efforts to promote, nurture and sustain South Dakota history.”

The Outdoor Campus is an organizational winner. The organization has been doing “a history lesson with a twist” for many years, as every year hundreds of Sioux Falls-area fourth graders come to The Outdoor Campus to learn about Lewis and Clark, who explored the Louisiana Purchase for President Jefferson from 1804-1806. The hands-on history lesson focuses on the outdoor skills the Corps of Discovery needed to survive their journey north and south in South Dakota.

A second organizational winner is the Whitewood Public Library. The commitment of the library staff to gather and file historical information about their small historical Black Hills town just west of Sturgis on Interstate 90 is commendable. Their history-gathering mission resulted in several publications comprising the Whitewood Library Historical Collection, noting the 125-year history of Whitewood in 2013. Staff assisted Whitewood sixth graders in publishing “A Journey Through Time: Whitewood Schools, 1888-2013.”

The State Historical Society is headquartered at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre. For more information, visit http://www.history.sd.gov or call (605) 773-3458.

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