BROOKINGS — Four South Dakota leaders will be recognized Oct. 8 in Deadwood for their extraordinary support of the humanities. Honorees include Craig Howe, Martin; Linda Hasselstrom, Hermosa; South Dakota Magazine of Yankton and the City of Deadwood and the Deadwood Historic Preservation Commission.
SDHC recognizes these honorees for their outstanding support of the humanities in South Dakota through presenting and hosting numerous events and engaging programs, composing important books or publications about the humanities, or providing essential funding or partnering to sustain a vibrant cultural landscape in South Dakota. The individuals and groups demonstrate a strong commitment to scholarly and cultural advocacy statewide.
“From working to create the annual Festival of Books, to providing exceptional support for cultural advocacy for American Indians and South Dakota towns, these honorees are so deserving of the Distinguished Achievement in the Humanities award for 2011” says SDHC Executive Director Sherry DeBoer. In addition, SDHC Board Chair Ann Thompson goes on to say, “We are so grateful that these supporters approach every day as an opportunity to expand the Humanities Council’s mission. These individuals and organizations truly represent what the humanities are really about.”
The awards will be presented immediately before the keynote speech by Joseph Marshall III at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8, at Deadwood Mountain Grand during the South Dakota Festival of Books. Dr. Craig Howe says of the honor, “For many years [SDHC] has provided exceptionally strong support for projects and programs that focus on American Indian studies and issues of importance to tribal communities … [I]t is a special honor to be recognized for my work in the humanities, and for that recognition to come from [SDHC].” Fellow honoree Linda Hasselstrom echoes that sentiment saying, “I am deeply grateful to the Humanities Council for this award. I consider my life work to include encouraging South Dakotans to appreciate their own landscape, culture, environment and fellow citizens.”
Likewise, the two organizational award-winners noted their excitement over winning. Bernie Hunhoff of South Dakota Magazine says, “Publishing a magazine for South Dakotans has been a wonderful privilege … The readers are especially important and the award is really meaningful because it comes as part of the Festival of Books which brings together readers and writers in such a festive way!” The Festival of Books has brought together The City of Deadwood and Deadwood Historic Preservation Commission in support of the humanities from the beginning. Deadwood Mayor, Francis Toscana says of the event, “[W]e are pleased to bring. … [a] wide-range of writers together for the … South Dakota Festival of Books and celebrate the written word Deadwood-style!” And Historic Preservation Officer Kevin Kuchenbecker says, “We work within the humanities on a daily basis with our historic preservation activities and to be recognized for these efforts is very gratifying. Our support of the Center of the Book is one example of our support in the field humanities.”