Communities invited to celebrate South Dakota's 125th
Gov. Dennis Daugaard is inviting communities to plan events to commemorate South Dakota's 125th anniversary of statehood this year.
"Our state's 125th birthday is a great opportunity for us to celebrate our state, understand our history and heritage, and do something good for future generations," Daugaard said.
Local committees are encouraged to plan celebration events, promote local history and perform community improvement projects. Participating communities will be eligible for special commemorative highway signs and help with planning and promoting their local efforts.
Statewide events, such as a special wagon train from Yankton to Pierre in September and the placement of stained glass back in the Capitol Building, are currently scheduled to commemorate the anniversary. Other celebration events are also being considered.
Becoming a "Statehood Celebration Community" involves forming a local committee, filling out an application form and brainstorming local celebration, history and lasting legacy ideas. Information packets are being mailed to cities and local historical societies on April 16. For more information, visit http://125.sd.gov.