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The pen used by President Benjamin Harrison to make South Dakota a state is on display in Pierre.
The pen used by President Benjamin Harrison to make South Dakota a state is on display in Pierre.
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August 12, 2014

Pen Used to Sign South Dakota into Statehood on Display in Pierre

The pen that President Benjamin Harrison used to sign North Dakota and South Dakota into statehood is on display in Pierre, the Associated Press reports.

After the November 2, 1889, signing, the pen was given to a land agent and handed down through the years to the sister of Jim Larson's great-grandmother.

Larson, who convinced the family to donate the pen to the South Dakota State Historical Society, was South Dakota's centennial director in 1989. The pen is currently on display at the South Dakota Cultural Heritage Center.

 Explore more South Dakota history on the Black Hills Knowledge Network. Find the South Dakota Cultural Heritage Center on Facebook.

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