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The South Dakota Oral History Center presents audio samples from within the collections of the SDOHC that emphasize Native American history. The SDOHC collects and preserves voices of the people of the Northern Plains. Included in the collection are some 7,000 recordings of interviews, recollections, songs, and other presentations, many of which preserve indigenous memories and experiences from the late nineteenth century to the present.
Of particular interest, The South Dakota Oral History Project aimed to collect recordings from every county in South Dakota. Currently containing about 3200 recordings, this large collection covers a broad range of topics.
OPEN: Gladys Pyle discusses her personal and family background, Huron, South Dakota, in the 1890’s, the woman’s suffrage movement, the Prohibition movement in South Dakota, and South Dakota politics in the first half of the 20th century.
OPEN: Katherine Krell discusses living in Aurora County, South Dakota in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. Topics include her family history, her grandfather’s service in the Civil War, White Lake, South Dakota in the 1890’s, the Spanish American War, the death of President McKinley, farm life, Prohibition, World War I, women’s suffrage, Presidents Hoover and Roosevelt, dust storms in the 1930’s, and television.
CLOSED: Nellie Wilsey discusses the history of Pedro, South Dakota, local wildlife, local customs, medical care in the early 1900’s, French ancestry among the local Native Americans, riding horseback to Pierre, South Dakota, and women’s suffrage.