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Governor Appoints Commission For South Dakota's 125th Anniversary Of Statehood

PIERRE, S.D. – Gov. Dennis Daugaard has appointed a nine-person commission to generate ideas for celebrating South Dakota’s 125th anniversary of statehood in 2014.

The group will seek ideas from the public between now and Oct. 1, 2013 on how to promote South Dakota’s history, increase tourism during the special year and encourage state and local events, such as all-school reunions. Its first meeting will be Wednesday, Aug. 14, 10 a.m. CDT, at the Visitors’ Center next to Capital Lake in Pierre.

“It is important that we know our history,” said Gov. Daugaard. “As we prepare for this significant milestone for South Dakota, I hope the commission’s efforts will inspire citizens to reflect on that history and how far we have come as a state.”

In addition to the commission hearing ideas from citizens, the public can suggest ideas for the celebration by visiting the 125th Anniversary of South Dakota Statehood website at www.125.sd.gov. People can also send ideas to125info@state.sd.us.

The South Dakota 125th Anniversary of Statehood Commission is comprised of the following members:

  • Jay Vogt, Pierre, current director of the State Historical Society
  • Dr. Brad Tennant, Aberdeen, associate professor of history at Presentation College and current president of the South Dakota Historical Society
  • Dr. David Wolff, Spearfish, Black Hills State University dean of the College of Liberal Arts, Western history specialist and author of Seth Bullock: Black Hills Lawman
  • Joyce Whiting, Porcupine, Oglala Sioux tribal historic preservation specialist
  • Representative Bernie Hunhoff, Yankton, publisher of South Dakota Magazine and member of the South Dakota House of Representatives
  • Representative Leslie Heinemann, Flandreau, dentist and member of the South Dakota House of Representatives
  • Yvonne Taylor, Presho, executive director of the South Dakota Municipal League
  • Jim Larson, Sioux Falls, former executive director of the 1989 Centennial Office
  • Shelley Stingley, Sioux Falls, former chair of the 1989 Centennial Commission

Gov. Daugaard does not expect to ask the 2014 Legislature for any funding or staffing for anniversary activities.

Any needed funds will be raised by licensing the commercial use of the South Dakota 125th Anniversary logo recently created by Ashley McCloud of the Department of Tourism. Licensing guidelines and applications for using the logo are available at www.125.sd.gov or from the Bureau of Administration at 605-773-3688.  

Media and other groups that want to use the logo for non-commercial promotion of South Dakota will not be charged a fee, but need to receive the proper art materials from the Bureau of Administration.

Staff from the Bureau of Administration and the Governor’s Office will work with the commission and local communities, organizations and individuals interested in holding events, promoting history and sponsoring 125thstatehood anniversary activities.