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Alpha Zeta (South Dakota State University)

  • Corporate body

On February 25, 1924, the South Dakota Chapter of Alpha Zeta at South Dakota State College was chartered with 19 Charter members, as telegraphed by Harry Potter, General Secretary of Alpha Zeta. This effort began with a December 24, 1919 letter of inquiry from S.D.S.C. President Willis E. Johnson. During the application process, the applying group of approximately 25 men was called the Hopkins Club; this process included 3 failed attempts before success finally came under S.D.S.C. President C.W. Pugsley, who was a member of Alpha Zeta, as were many other S.D.S.C. faculty.

The national Fraternity of Alpha Zeta, the oldest fraternal society in agriculture, was founded on November 4, 1897 at Ohio State University and now is a global network of diverse agricultural and natural resources professionals recognizing, developing and promoting leaders with common values and integrity. Alpha Zeta’s purpose is “to promote agriculture in its broad concept while encouraging and developing its actual and potential leadership, fellowship, service and a spirit of love and fraternity are involved."

In 2016, the South Dakota Chapter of Alpha Zeta is an honorary fraternity for top students in the College of Agriculture and Biological Sciences at South Dakota State University. It’s involved in many campus activities, including Career Fair, Ag Day, etc. Some of its community activities include mentoring youth, visiting nursing homes, fence-mending and invasive weed eradication at the Girl Scout’s Camp Wildwood, fund-raising for community service projects, such as the Harvest Table, the Food Pantry, etc.

American Indian Student Association (South Dakota State University)

  • Corporate body

The Native American Club was first organized in 1992 under Jack Marken, the Head of the English Department. The Native American Club has four main objectives. First, the Native American club hosts prospective Native American Students. Second, the club provides academic support to Native American students in the form of tutoring. Third, the club provides a space for Native American students to take part in their culture. Fourth, the club provides cultural awareness programs and activities to the South Dakota State University and Brookings communities.
The Native American Club has held many activities and events including hand games tournaments, Indian taco sales, basketball tournaments, and Indigenous conferences, however, the Native American Club is best known for their establishment of the South Dakota State University Wacipi. The Native American Club held their first contest Wacipi in 1977. They did not hold another contest Wacipi until 1990, which then became an annual Native American Club event.
In 2015 the name of the Native American Club changed to the American Indian Student Association. The main objectives of the association downsized after the name change. The American Indian Student Association no longer hosted Native American Students or provided tutoring, but the association continues to provide a welcoming space for Native American students and provides cultural awareness programs.

Chicago, Milwaukee, and St. Paul Railway Company

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The Milwaukee Road, officially the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railroad (CMSP&P RR) was a Class I railroad that operated in the Midwest and northwest of the United States from 1847 until its acquisition by and merger with the Soo Line railway in 1985–1986. The company went through several official names and faced bankruptcy several times in that period. While the railroad does not exist as a separate entity anymore, it is still commemorated in buildings like the historic Milwaukee Road Depot in Minneapolis, Minnesota and in railroad hardware still maintained by rail fans, such as the Milwaukee Road 261 steam locomotive.

The Milwaukee Road appeared as the Milwaukee and Waukesha Railroad when incorporated in 1847, but soon changed its name to Milwaukee and Mississippi. After three years, the first train ran from Milwaukee to Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, and the first passenger train ran on February 25, 1851. In 1874 the name was changed to Chicago, Milwaukee, and St. Paul. By 1887, the railroad had lines running through Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, South Dakota, and the upper peninsula of Michigan.

Chungnam National University (Daejeon, Republic of Korea)

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The partnership agreement between South Dakota State University and Chungnam National University in Daejeon, Republic of Korea was initiated by Dr. David Hilderbrand, Director of International Programs, and Professor Yong Kook Kim, Chungnam National University. Professor Kim came to SDSU as a doctoral student and earned his Ph.D. degree from the department of Dairy Microbiology in 1990.

When he returned to Korea, he met with administrators at CNU who embraced the idea of a partnership with SDSU. A copy of a letter to Dr. Hilderbrand confirming the interest of CNU administrators in the arrangement is included in this file.

Also included is a letter to Ranny Knutson, Registrar at SDSU, regarding academic credentials at Chungnam National University. The investigation preceded the signing of the formal exchange agreement.

President Duck-kyun Oh and Professor Sung-chul Shin came to South Dakota in February 2001. Following their visit, the formal exchange agreement was signed and approved by the Board of Regents. The first exchange professors from CNU arrived in the fall of 1991. Lists of exchange professors and CNU graduates whose advanced degree programs at SDSU were supported under the agreement are found separately.

Dr. Carl Edeburn, College of Education, Department of Educational Leadership, represented SDSU as its first exchange professor in Korea. A newspaper article about Dr. Edeburn's experiences is included in this file.

While on site, Dr. Edeburn and Dr. Yong Kook Kim organized the first SDSU Alumni meeting. Copies of the invitation and a list of invited guests will be found in the file along with photocopies of pictures taken at the event. This meeting set a precedent for future alumni gatherings held while the Seminar Abroad groups were in Korea.

Dr. Yong Kook Kim and his family continued to be involved with South Dakota State University. Dr. Kim returned to SDSU for post-doctoral research in 1996 and 1997. A Christmas card in which Dr. Kim refers to the arrangements for his post-doctoral work is found in this collection. His daughters, Na Young Kim and So Young Kim, both attended SDSU. Na Yong received a degree in Electrical Engineering in December 1991. Currently, she is nearing completion of a master's degree from the College of Engineering. So Young Kim expects to receive a Pharmacy Doctorate in spring 2005.

Dr. Kim's strongly promoted and supported exchange activities between the two institutions. Each year Seminar Abroad participants were entertained by Dr. Kim and his family in their apartment in Daejeon or at their farm in the country. Photos of these occasions are found in the collection.

At the South Dakota State University dinner in Korea in May 2001, Dr. Kim was presented a plaque in the shape of the state of South Dakota in recognition of his service to SDSU and the exchange relationship. His thank you note for the plaque is found in the file.

Chungnam National University recognized South Dakota State University as its most important partners. Additional documentation of exchange activities can be seen in lists of visitors and students who exchanged, the itineraries for official visits, and social events held in honor of guests and professors which are found in separate files.

Council of Higher Education (S.D.)

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Through the latter half of the 20th century, there have been attempts to unionize faculty at South Dakota State University and across South Dakota. Short-lived attempts by the American Association of University Professors and the South Dakota Higher Education Faculty Association ultimately failed, although they did lay the groundwork for the eventual success of the Council of Higher Education.

In 1978, the Board of Regents officially recognized the Council of Higher Education.

The Council of Higher Education (COHE) is the exclusive representative of the collective bargaining unit for the purpose of collective bargaining in respect to rates of pay, wages, hours of employment, grievance procedures and other conditions of employment. The bargaining unit includes full-time and regular part-time instructional-research faculty in college and universities, the Agricultural Experiment Station, Cooperative Extension Service, Auxiliary Services, the South Dakota School for the Visually Handicapped and the South Dakota School for the Deaf. These faculty may not be supervisors. The unit does not include the Medical School, the Law School, or the Institute of Atmospheric Sciences.

The unit excludes deans, directors, department chairpersons, department heads, principals, superintendents, program managers, and others who are supervisory and managerial, and also emeritus faculty; teaching and research assistants, clinical faculty; county agents, county home economists and ROTC personnel.

Cuba Trip (South Dakota State University)

  • Corporate body
  • 1977

Five members of the South Dakota State University [SDSU] basketball team took part in a 1977 trip to Cuba as part of a South Dakota Delegation. The first mention of such a trip to Cuba came after Sen. George McGovern's 1975 trip to that country. Dave Martin, the SDSU sport's director, was in contact with Sen. McGovern almost immediately after his return from Cuba, interested in what sorts of sports exchanges would be possible with the broadening of relations with the communist country. Despite the numerous diplomatic troubles requisite in such an exchange, by March of 1977 plans for such a trip were well underway. Due perhaps to the continuing influence of Sen. McGovern and Sen. James Abourezk, the trip became a joint venture between the University of South Dakota and South Dakota State University, and was finally taken on April. 4-8 1977. Twenty people were a part of the South Dakota delegation, among them five students and five advisors from SDSU.

Dakota Agricultural College Board of Regents

  • Corporate body

An agricultural college for the Territory of Dakota was established February 21, 1881. At the Fifteenth Legislative Assembly, provision was made for a Board of Regents of six members, exclusive of the governor of the Territory, who was the ex-officio President of the Board. A board was selected with three members serving terms of three years and three members serving terms of four years. This board was formed to establish and organize the Dakota Agricultural College.

In 1887, the Legislative Assembly of Dakota Territory established a method of government for the Dakota Agricultural College. This method established a governing board made up of five appointees, the governor and one member of the Territorial Board. The Territorial Legislature approved the appointees biennially, while the Territorial Board member served a one-year term. An elected president and treasurer ran the board, and the president of the college served as a non-voting secretary. The board held up to six meetings, totaling no more than 24 days, each year, and board members received compensation for attendance.

For two years, this Board of Regents governed the Dakota Agricultural College [D.A.C]. In 1889, in anticipation of statehood, the legislative assembly dissolved the Board of Regents and established a five-member Board of Trustees to govern the institution through the transition period.

Dakota Farmer (Aberdeen, S.D.)

  • Corporate body
  • 1881-

The Dakota Farmer first began as a newspaper in 1881, eight years before North Dakota and South Dakota were granted statehood. / It was first published in Alexandria in what is now Hanson County, S.D. The first owner, James Baynes, sold it within the first year of existence to Augustine Davis, and the publication moved to Huron, S.D. Davis sold a half-interest in Dakota Farmer to William Bushnell in 1883. Bushnell became sole owner of Dakota Farmer in 1885. / As editor and manager, Bushnell led Dakota Farmer into its early prominence. The publication, moved to Aberdeen, S.D. in 1893, supported all sorts of agricultural organizations and promoted the development of quality livestock and crops for the Dakotas. Bushnell himself was active in politics and eventually became state statistician for South Dakota. / Over the next century, Dakota Farmer survived and thrived with farmers through good times and bad, and became a well-respected source of information. / Webb Publishing, which published The Farmer, saw Dakota Farmer as a natural fit and purchased the magazine in 1979. / Today, Dakota Farmer is part of Farm Progress Companies. Farm Progress publishes 18 state farm magazines similar to Dakota Farmer. It owns and operates eight farm shows across the nation, including the largest in the nation, The Farm Progress Show.


  • Corporate body
  • 1968-

Established on December 9, 1968 with $200,000, Daktronics, Inc., was founded by two SDSU Electrical Engineering professors (Dr. Aelred Kurtenbach and Dr. Duane Sander) to offer university graduates an alternative to leaving the area for permanent employment. By 2006 (38 years later), it employed 1,400 full-time/700 part-time (April, 2006), had netted $21 million on revenue of $329 million (12 months preceding October, 2006), and was “the world’s leading supplier of electronic scoreboards, large electronic display systems, marketing services, digital messaging solutions and related software and services for sports, commercial and transportation applications.” / Initially, Daktronics intended to develop biomedical instrumentation, but following its first major contract (1970) for the Utah legislature’s electronic voting system (later in 40+ state assemblies and the UN General Assembly), it serendipitously moved into scoreboards with the three-sided pyramid “Matside” brand wrestling scoreboard (1971), which evolved into the most complete line of “All Sport” scoreboards and timing systems (later found in every state and foreign countries). This solid-state circuitry was then utilized in time/temperature and message/animation systems at banks, shopping centers, motels, high schools, colleges, civic centers, etc. Combining the scoreboards and messaging boards resulted in custom-designed scoring and information systems popular in universities and arenas across the country. / Daktronics uses new and existing technology to improve its products. “Glow Cube” reflective light technology (which are high intensity electromagnetically controlled individual lights approximately one-inch square) enabled Daktronics to offer the most complete line of information systems available in 1989. In the 1990’s, Daktronics enhanced its “Starburst” incandescent color technology, using new reflector and lens design to present up to 16.7 million colors. It also acquired and enhanced technology for LED displays. / Daktronics has made scoreboards for many Olympics, beginning with the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid and continuing with the 1988, 1992, 1994, 1996, 2000, 2002 Olympics. “It’s fun to be involved in the Olympics, but they come only every two years, so it’s not something to build your business around,” said Jim Morgan, Chief Executive of Daktronics. In 2006, 35% of Daktronics sales were to the commercial market, such as Walgreens, CVS, Times Square, Las Vegas strip, and billboard operators, including Lamar Advertising. / Daktronics’ initial public offering was in 1994. In 2006, Daktronics was one of only four public companies in SD with more than $300 million in sales. Also, in 2006, Daktronics opened a 100,000 square foot plant in Sioux Falls, SD, its first major expansion outside of Brookings, SD, its home. At that time, 55% of Daktronics staffers were current SDSU students or alums. / “We established our culture in those early days.” said founder Al Kurtenbach. “We became very customer-oriented. That was extremely important to us. We did everything possible to meet their commitments. We have a lot of great war stories about what our people do to make sure things work well for our customer when the big moment comes.”

Eastern South Dakota Science and Engineering Fair

  • Corporate body
  • 1955-

Started in 1955, the Eastern South Dakota Science and Engineering Fair is held annually, each spring, at South Dakota State University. Eastern South Dakota Science and Engineering Fair is an affiliated fair for the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair put on annually by the Science Service of Washington, D.C. Students in grades 6-12 from area schools are eligible to submit scientific research projects, and each year, several Grand Champion winners receive an all-expense paid trip to compete in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, which is hosted by a different city each year. Students are also competing for a wide variety of medals, trophies, and monetary awards. / The Science Fair is operated by a Fair Director and Committee, as well as the SDSU Chapter of Sigma Xi scientific research society. Sponsorship comes from Sigma Xi, South Dakota State University, the Division of Continuing Education (SDSU), The Greater State Fund, and the South Dakota State University Foundation.

Ethel Austin Martin Program in Human Nutrition

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Dr. Ethel Austin Martin graduated from SDSU in 1916 and went on to do graduate work at Columbia University and the University of Chicago. She taught at several institutions before joining the National Dairy Council in 1929, where she served as Director of Nutrition Services until her retirement. Dr. Martin was a distinguished nutritionist who was instrumental in developing research grant programs, instituting nutrition conferences, founding journals, and writing several nutrition textbooks. / Before her death in 1993 at age 100, she established an endowment at South Dakota State University with the ultimate objective of providing for a permanent professorship to ensure continuing high-level instruction in the science of nutrition. Dr. Martin's goal was realized in 1997, when the Ethel Austin Martin Chair in Human Nutrition was established and subsequently filled by Dr. Bonny Specker. / The purpose of the Ethel Austin Martin Program in Human Nutrition is to advance knowledge in the science of human nutrition through a multidisciplinary approach, to encourage practical applications in improving human health, and to offer professional enrichment in nutrition for all students, faculty and staff at SDSU. The advancement of knowledge in the science of human nutrition is takes place through both research and educational programs using a multidisciplinary approach. / The E.A. Martin Program advances nutrition knowledge with these campus activities: / Active research projects both within the program, as well as collaborative efforts with other investigators from SDSU and the region. / Financial support for pilot projects is provided to faculty at SDSU who propose collaborative nutrition projects that utilize a multidisciplinary approach. / Educational programs such as formal courses, as well as support for invited seminar speakers. The annual E.A. Martin Distinguished Lecture in Human Nutrition has been a long / standing tradition at SDSU, bringing in world-renowned speakers in the field of human nutrition.

Faculty Housing Company, Inc. (Brookings, S.D.)

  • Corporate body
  • 1952-1963

In the fall of 1952, a group of interested faculty members with the active support of the administration, decided – in view of the growth of the South Dakota State College – to make more housing facilities available. A private stock corporation was organized for the purpose of acquiring a site and erecting one or more apartment buildings for rental, primarily to faculty members. The corporation was developed with the aid of the Federal Housing Administration. The corporation owned two six-unit apartments located north of Sixth Street between 16th and 17th avenue, across from Hillcrest Park. The company lasted until a special meeting was held on January 21, 1963 where the stockholders voted for dissolution of the Corporation.

Florence and Geraldine Fenn Inner-City Scholarship (South Dakota State University)

  • Corporate body
  • 1971-

Beginning in 1971, the Florence and Geraldine Fenn Scholarship was offered to students in the College of Family and Consumer Sciences. Geraldine Fenn had created this scholarship as a memorial to her sister Florence. / The scholarship offers students an opportunity to learn about other ways of life by spending six weeks living and working in inner city Denver. The students were given a limited amount of money to use for their expenses to teach them about low-income lifestyles. They were required to find their own housing and learn to use the Denver bus system. The students generally worked for the Denver welfare office and various shelters and daycare in the city. The scholarship was usually given to two to four students per summer.

Geography Club (South Dakota State University)

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Gamma Theta Upsilon began to organize at South Dakota State University in 1967 but was not established as a new chapter until March 1970. This chapter was called Delta Zeta. The stated purpose of this organization is to further professional interest in geography by affording a common organization for those interested in the field; to strengthen student and professional training through academic experiences in addition to those of the classroom and laboratory; to advance the status of geography as a cultural and practical discipline for study and investigation; to encourage student research of high quality, and to promote an outlet for publication; and to create and administer funds for furthering graduate study and/or research in the field of geography. Persons seeking membership must have completed a minimum of three geography courses, have a B average in geography, must rank in the upper 35% of their class and shall have completed at least three semesters or five quarters of college course work. This organization initiated the South Dakota State Geography Convention in 1970 with the purpose of bringing geographers with other perspectives together.

Gray's Watercolors

  • Corporate body
  • 1965-

In 1965, Paul McConaughy had been searching for an inexpensive way to produce limited editions of watercolor prints. He decided to try his idea out at his alma mater and made a series of prints of Cornell University buildings. They were an instant hit and the College Watercolor Group was formed. Soon they were making inexpensive watercolor prints of college buildings from all over the country. Following the model developed by Currier & Ives more than a century before, they would make a pen and ink drawing of a building, have it reproduced on watercolor paper as an 8” x 10” lithograph and then have artists color paint each picture. Limited edition sets of 4 scenes or large prints, framed or unframed were available. / Professional artists were added to the staff, the quality greatly improved. One of the artists, E.B. Walden, began signing his pictures “Gray”, based on a watercolor hue “Davy’s Gray”. Soon, each artist began using the Gray surname but a different first name. Walden became Davis Gray, with over a dozen other artists taking the last name. From this play on names, the business became known as “Gray’s Watercolors”.

Holmspun Medicine Show (Radio program)

  • Corporate body

The Holmspun Medicine Show is a 30-minute weekly call-in medical radio show hosted by Dr. Richard Holm and Joan Hogan. Also, the shows feature interviews with other medical professionals.

Independent Order of Odd Fellows. Grand Encampment of South Dakota

  • Corporate body

The Independent Order of Odd Fellows began in England in the 18th century and became established in the United States in 1819. The organization’s purpose is to unit people in providing aid and support to each other and to their communities.

Lambda Chi Alpha

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Lambda Chi Alpha is one of the largest men's general fraternities in North America. Founded in 1909 at Boston University, it is designed to prepare its members to be leaders for the world in which they will live. It has a mission to inspire the highest level of character, values, scholarship, and service in each of its members. It was the first fraternity to eliminate pledging and remains a leader in the fight against hazing, alcohol abuse, and other challenges facing today's college student. / Lambda Chi Alpha serves to complement higher education by providing opportunities for academic achievement, leadership development, and lifelong friendships. Lambda Chi Alpha became a recognized men's fraternity at South Dakota State University in 1968. Members attend biannual leadership seminars with members from all the chapters throughout the nation, and bimonthly educational programs. This fraternity is involved in several activities to help the community and university. One of the premier events is the football run that the group is involved in. This run, from Sioux Falls to Brookings, assists the Children's Care Hospital.

Manchester Metropolitan University (Manchester, England)

  • Corporate body

The partnership between South Dakota State University (SDSU) and Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) originated from an informal meeting between Betsy Kosier (who was the International Student Advisor at SDSU) and Diana Donald (MMU, Head of the Department of History of Art and Design) at a National Association of Foreign Student Advisors meeting sometime in the late 1980s. Following their initial meeting, Ms. Donald visited the SDSU campus. Dr. David Hilderbrand, SDSU Director of International Programs, negotiated the agreement and coordinated details under which the agreement operated at SDSU. / An agreement for exchange of faculty was signed in 1990. The student exchange agreement followed. This document is not dated, but correspondence suggests it was completed in 1992. Both documents were reviewed and renewed in 1997. / Basically, the faculty agreement encourages exchange for sabbaticals and use of the campuses for study abroad, but does not commit either institution to fund or support such efforts. The student exchange is reciprocal, a one-for-one exchange in which a visiting student replaced a host student. Each university maintains autonomy and exchange students remain on the role of their home institution. Exchange students apply for admission, enroll and pay tuition and fees at home. For SDSU students, this eliminated some of the bureaucracy associated with study overseas and control tuition and fees at the same rate as for on-campus students. The coordinator and committee responsible for the European Studies Program established the guidelines for application to study at MMU. Committee members interview candidates and select the exchange students. The European Studies coordinator assists SDSU students with course selection and early registration, monitors course changes made after arriving in England, and provides the Registrar's office with final letter grades following receipt of number scores from MMU professors. / Liaison between the institutions is primarily the responsibility of the Director of International Programs at SDSU and the Educational Advisor at MMU. Harriet Swedlund served in that capacity for SDSU from 1994 until September 2003 when Dr. Karl Schmidt was appointed Director of International Programs. The MMU liaison person during this time period was Jean Roebuck. She reported to Dr. Colin Rodgers until he retired in 2002. Dr. Christ Change now heads the International Office at MMU. / The basic agreement between South Dakota State University and Manchester Metropolitan University provided latitude for more specific agreements between colleges and departments of the two institutions. Four such agreements were completed setting forth the operational procedures and policies for specific projects. Sub-agreements include: / The College of Nursing and the Department of Health Care Studies for short term study abroad exchanges involving faculty and students. The agreement was signed August 1998 in Brookings, SD. / In 1999, following a visit by President Miller and Dr. George West, English Department head, the English Departments at both SDSU and MMU agreed to support travel costs for the exchange of department faculty members for short-term guest lectureship assignments. / An agreement for the reciprocal exchange of students between the Department of Environmental and Geographical Sciences at MMU and South Dakota State University was signed in 2002. This agreement was designed for Environmental and Geographical Sciences to warranty a degree program that included Study in America. SDSU is one of the sites where this option is available. / A similar sub-agreement for students in the MMU Department of Biological Sciences to Study in America is going through the approval process at Manchester Metropolitan University.

National Federation of Music Clubs. Aeolian Chapter (Brookings : S.D.)

  • Corporate body
  • 1933-

On January 20, 1933 a group of women met at the home of Mrs. A.H. Hoppe for the purpose of organizing a music club under the auspices of the American Association of University Women. At this time, it was decided to study the regular course outlined by the National Federation of Music Clubs which was based on four years regular work. In 1934, the club became federated with the National Federation of Music Clubs. The Club's objectives were for mutual help and the advancement of music in the community.

Oak Lake Writers' Society

  • Corporate body
  • 1993-

In 1993, the Oak Lake Writer’s Society was founded by Charles Woodard, an English professor and Lowell Amiotte, an assistant professor in Counseling and Education. In the same year, the Oak Lake Writer’s Society held their first retreat at the Oak Lake Field Station.

Oak Lake is located roughly 23 miles northeast of Brookings and was once a camp for girl scouts. In 1988, the Department of Schools and Public Schools bought Oak Lake from the girl scouts and transferred the land to South Dakota State University. The Oak Lake Field Station is considered a multiuse facility that holds many activities including biology labs, bird watching, canoeing, club events, and Oak Lake Writer’s Society retreats.

The first Oak Lake Writer’s Society Retreat was titled “Storytelling and Storykeeping” and hosted guest speakers N. Scott Momaday, Pulitzer Prize winning author, and Elizabeth Cook-Lynn, a novelist and editor. The retreat serves three main purposes. First, it promotes interest in Oceti Sakowin literature. Second, it brings acclaimed Native American writers to the area. Third, it provides an opportunity for Oceti Sakowin people to improve and develop their writing skills. The Oak Lake Writers Society has continued to foster these three main purposes but has also gained another purpose of publishing society members' work. The Oak Lake Writer’s Society had since published three anthologies which are Woyake Kinikiya (1995), This Stretch of the River (2006), and He Sapa Woihanble (2011).

The Oak Lake Writers Society continues to hold retreats, but in 2021, the society became a nonprofit organization and was no longer tied to South Dakota State University.

Prairie Repertory Theater (S.D.)

  • Corporate body

The Prairie Repertory theater was founded by students and faculty in 1971after the relocation of the Oldham Opera House. The Prairie Repertory Theater was created through collaboration by the Prairie Historical Society and South Dakota State University in order to present a joint summer theater season. The Prairie Repertory Theater has worked to encourage theatrical talents in the community and continue the historic tradition bringing theater to the communities in South Dakota.

The Prairie Repertory Theater presents four plays a summer for a duration of six weeks a play at SDSU in Brookings and at Prairie Village near Madison, SD and recently celebrated their 50th year of theater productions.

Sokota Hybrid Producers

  • Corporate body
  • 1944-1985

Sokota Hybrid Producers, Inc. made available to farmers in South Dakota and the surrounding states hybrid seed corn. / Sokota began in 1924, when Clifford Franzke, a South Dakota Agricultural Experiment Station agronomist, started inbreeding local varieties of corn in an effort to produce a hybrid which could withstand the Dakota weather. In 1942, a new hybrid seed was released to farmers by the experiment station. Fred Baldridge, a retired farmer, began to standardize grading of the hybrid seed. / In 1944, Sokota Hybrid Producers incorporated as a cooperative and 24 farmers purchased certificates of equity to get the organization going with E.G. Sanderson as president. / W.L. Davis, who was a vocational agricultural instructor at Brookings high school, became manager in 1945 and the cooperative was able to erect its own plant in south Brookings. Davis served as the manager of Sokota for nearly 35 years. / Sokota continued to grow and prosper through the years, by the late 1970s and early 1980s, Sokota, had a breeding program nearly three times bigger than any program South Dakota State University had undertaken. / Sokota Hybrid Producers, Inc. was sold in 1985 to North American Plant Breeders.

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