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Reifel, Ben, 1906-1990 3-D objects
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Americans for Constitutional Action Distinguished Service Award

Americans for Constitutional Action Distinguished Service award was presented to Ben Reifel in 1968. The award is a wood plaque with a cream colored background and yellow and black lettering. Word on the plaque read 'American for Constitutional Action the Board of Trustees has conferred upon Ben Reifel the distinguished service award for a notable voting record in the Congress of the United States (during a period from 1961 to 1968) in support of those legislative measures which would serve to sustain, strengthen, and defend the spirit and principles of the Constitution of the United States as these were defined by the Founding Fathers of our Republic. Fifth Biennial Awards given at Washington, District of Columbia, on the seventeenth day of November in the year Nineteen Hundred and Sixty-Nine.' It is signed by the chairman of the Board of Trustees, the president, and the recording secretary.

Appreciation from the Dell Rapids High School Band Plaque

Ben Reifel received a plaque from the Dell Rapid, South Dakota High School Band in 1966. The plaque is a wood shield with an engraved brass plate in the center. The words read 'Congressman Ben Reifel in Grateful Appreciation from the Dell Rapids H.S. Band June 1966'.

Ben and Alice Reifel's World's Fair Congressional Ribbons

Congressional Group ribbons, which were worn by Ben Reifel and his wife, Alice Reifel, during their visit to New York City for the World's Fair. The ribbons are yellow with blue lettering with the works 'Congressional Group New York City' and a seal of the city of New York above the words. A number is located at the bottom for each ribbon, number '3' and '4'. There is a gold pin at the top of each ribbon with 'B. Reifel' in typescript on one and 'Alice Reifel' handwritten on the other. The ribbons were kept in a red felt drawstring bag.

Boy Scouts of America Appreciation for Service Plaque

Plaque presented to Ben Reifl by the Boys Scouts of America recognizing his service to American Indian youth. The plaque is a wood shield with a brass plate and Boy Scouts emblems at the center top. The words read 'To the Honorable Ben Reifel in Appreciation for Service to American Indian Youth Through Scouting 1967'.

City of New York Medallion Given to Ben Reifel

Bronze medallion given to Ben Reifel by the New York City Mayor, John V. Lindsay. The medallion is coin shaped with 'The City of New York" on the outer edge. In the center is a raised relief of a kneeling woman with four women standing beside her and five stars beneath her. The reverse side depicts a city skyline on the outer edge with a man above the city and a woman at the bottom. The center is engraved with'The City of New York to Hon. Ben Reifel by John V. Lindsay, Mayor May 20, 1966'. 'Mantattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Bronx, and Richmond' surround the engraving.

College of Home Economics at SDSU Honorary Home Economist Award

College of Home Economics at South Dakota State Univeristy honors Ben Reifel with the title of Honorary Home Economist. The wood plaque is decorated with black grooves on the outer edges. An engraved plate is attached in the center with brass fasteners. The words read 'The College of Home Economics at South Dakota State University Confer Upon Ben Reifel the Title of Honorary Home Economics with all the Priveleges and Favors Thereof'.

Gavel Given to Ben Reifel

Gavel given to Ben Reifel. It is made of pine wood and has a brass plate that is engraved '2nd Billionth Board Foot Harvested on the Black Hills National Forest'.

National Advisory Council on the Education of Disadvantaged Children Award

Ben Reifel was recognized for this service to the National Advisory Council on the Education of Disadvantaged Children. The wood plaque has an eagle with its wings spread over a shield at the top and an engraved plate. The words read 'National Advisory Council on the Education of Disadvantaged Children Ben Reifel 1974-1978 In Grateful Appreciation for Outstanding and Distinguished Service to America's Disadvantaged'.

Oglala Sioux Tribal Council Distinguished Service Award

Plaque presented to Ben Reifel in recognition of his distinguished service as a charter member of the Oglala Sioux Parks Board in 1978. The plaque is a wood shield with an engraved brass plate in the center and decorative leaves on the edge of the plate. The words read 'Distinguished Service Award of the Oglala Sioux Tribal Council (Resolution No. 78-631) Presented to Ben Reifel in recognition of His Outstanding Service to the Oglala Sioux Trive as a Charter Member of the Oglala Sioux Parks Board, Inc. May 10, 1978'.

Outstanding Service to the Lower Brule Corporation Plaque

Plaque presented to Ben Reifel for his service as chairman of the board of directors of the Lower Brule Corporation. The wood plaque is cut in the shape of the state of South Dakota. A blue plate is attached to the plaque with brass fasteners and engraved with gold lettering. The words read 'Ben Reifel in Appreciation of 12 Years of Outstanding Service to the Lower Brule Corporation as Chairman of the Board of Directors 1987-1989'.

SDSU Foundation Distinguished University Benefactor Plaque

South Dakota State University Foundation recognizes Ben Reifel as a distinguished university benefactor in 1989 with an engraved oval shaped brass plate mounted on a octogon shaped wood plaque. The word of the engraving read 'South Dakota State University Foundation honors Honorable Ben Reifel Class of 1932 Distinguished University Benefactor in recognition of exemplary financial support of higher education 1989'.

Shell Fragment Plaque Given to Ben Reifel

Plaque presented to Ben Reifel by Commanding General Kinmen of the Defense Command in the Republic of China. The plaque is housed in a red velvet box with a red, white, and blue shield attached to the top. The shell fragment is one of a million Russian-made shells that landed on Kinmen, China. It is attached to a wood plaque. At the top is a brass plate with the words ' '. At the bottom is another brass plate with Chinese writing. The back of the plaque has a metal lined hole so it can be hung and a metal stand for display on a flat surface.

South Dakota Committee on the Humanities Distinguished Award in the Humanities

Plaque presented to Ben Reifel by the South Dakota Committee on the Humanities for his continued support of humanities program. The wood plaque has an engraved plate with the words 'South Dakota Committee on the Humanities Distinguished Award in the Humanities 1976 Presented to Ben Reifel for his I1itiative as a COngressman in Helping to Create the NEH and for his Continued Support of Humanities Programs'.

South Dakota State University President's Club of the '80s Plaque

Plaque presented to Ben and Fritzie Reifel by the South Dakota State University President's Club of the 80's. The wood plaque has an etching of the Administration building at South Dakota State University and engraved plates. The words read 'South Dakota State Univeristy President's Club of the 80's Ben & Fritzie Reifel '32 '33 Thank You for Your Interest and Generous Support H. Ray Hoops'.

U.S.S. South Dakota Battleship X Coin Given to Ben Reifel

U.S.S. South Dakota Battleship X Coin. The gold colored coin has the U.S.S South Dakota ship and 'Battleship X 1942' engraved on one side and an eagle with a shield and and anchor with the words 'Coined in part from the battleship U.S.S. South Dakota known as battleship X'on the reverse. Ben Reifel received these for his service in the military.

Workshop Library on World Humor Award

Plaque presented to Ben Reifel by the Workshop Library on World Humor. The wood plaque has an engraved plate that reads "In recognition of valued contribution to efforts to enrich life and promote world peace through humor the Workshop Library on World Humor presents to the Honorable Ben Reifel the World Humor Award for 1986 Washington, D.C. May 14 1986'.