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August 4, 2014

South Dakota's 125th Statehood Anniversary

South Dakota became an official state on November 2, 1889, at the same time as North Dakota. The 2013 population estimate was 844,877, making it the 46th most populated state of the nation. Although South Dakota is largely an agricultural state, its economy also relies heavily on tourism. Popular attractions inclue Mt. Rushmore, Crazy Horse Memorial, the Black Hills and the Badlands, and Deadwood, which recently legalized gambling.

To celebrate it's 125th Statehood Anniversary, The Fronteir Fund has been formed. The Fronteir Fund's goal is to raise $125,000 by November 2, 2014. The funds will be awarded as grants to South Dakota-based nonprofit organzations. Grant applications will be available online starting Septeber 15, 2014.


These are the community events occurring to celebrate South Dakota's 125th statehood anniversary: 

Belle Fourche, SD

The Daughters of the American Revolution will be sponsoring a second unveiling of 1989 painting which became the South Dakota centennial postage stamp. The painting will be displayed permanently in the Tri-State Museum beginning on June 1.


Rapid City, SD

Kathleen Norris will be visiting the Rapid City Public Library at 1:00 Sunday, June 15th to discuss her book Dakota, the One Book selection for 2014. To celebrate the 125th Statehood Anniversary, Dakota is the One Book selection for both North and South Dakota.

The Badger Sett Band is playing at Rapid City Public Library in Meeting Room B on September 17, 12:00 PM. They will present South Dakota's first Poet Laureate Badger Clark's poetry set to music. The show will pay homage to Clark's life, poetry, and music.

The October Music Sunday Series will take place every Sunday through the month of October and will feature the following artists:

  • October 5 - Hank Harris
  • October 12 - Jami Lynn
  • October 19 - James Van Nuys
  • October 26 - Daniel Burnison and Friends

Friday, October 3, Wind and Water Exhibit Opening: The Exhibit features over 30 artists displaying original works inspired by The Sculpture Project: Passage of Wind and Water. Reception is from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. at Prairie Edge and includes the opportunity to meet artists while enjoying refreshments, music, and dance performance.

Saturday, October 11, Taste of South Dakota: Experience everything South Dakota has to offer in this culture-rich event 2:00-6:00 p.m. at Main Street Square.

Every Friday night through the month of November, the Rapid City Public Library will be hosting the Friday Night SD Film Series. The movies will be shown in Meeting Room B. Films will start at 7:00 PM, and popcorn and lemonade will be provided. The films featured will be:

  • November 7 - National Treasure: Book of Secrets
  • November 14 - Thunderheart
  • November 21 - North by Northwest
  • November 28 - Pow-Wow Highway

Saturday, November 8, Special Ceremony: Join the community celebration of South Dakota’s Statehood Anniversary with the dedication presentation of the new Memorial Park Promenade & Legacy Commons at 2:00 p.m. followed by the dedication of a Black Hills Spruce tree and time capsule for future generations at 3:00 p.m. at the Journey Museum. At 3:30 p.m. Special Speaker Wayne Gilbert will depict the life of leader Valentine McGillycuddy. Also enjoy free self-guided tours of the “Pap” Madison Cabin and Journey Museum. Refreshments will be provided.

On November 13, 5:30-7:00 PM Jace DeCory will present a Humanities program titled "The Lakota - 1889-2014." Professor DeCory will explore events surrounding the achievement of statehood in 1889 and continuing to the present day from a Lakota perspective. This will take place at the downtown Rapid City Public Library

On November 19, from 12:00-1:00 PM, the Rapid City Public Library will host a Lunch and Learn featuring Nick Livermont, who will give a presentation on sustainable living. This will include raising one's own food, creating a community, and working with others to beome more self reliant.

On Sunday, December 14, Kenny Putnam and Boyd Bristow will perform in a holiday concert at the Rapid City Public Library. The program will be held in the Youth Services area at 2:00 PM.


Additional Resources

Black Hills Knowledge Network Archives

Black Hills Knowledge Network's Statehood Archive

South Dakota's 125th Anniversary

South Dakota Digital Archives

South Dakota State Historical Society

Collection of Statehood news articles


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