Grant Helping to Preserve 600 South Dakota Images

A child running from an approaching snowplow, pushed by a train, near Redfield, taken in 1897. (Courtesy SDSHS)


PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A recent scanning of glass plate negatives is helping preserve nearly 600 South Dakota images from the late 1890s to 1910s.
The grant from the City of Deadwood and the Deadwood Historic Preservation Commission helped the South Dakota State Historical Society digitize and catalog the glass plate negatives from the Lester Black Collection.
The images can be viewed at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre.
Locations within the collection include Redfield College, Mount Rushmore, Devils Tower, the Corn Palace, Sylvan Lake and the South Dakota State Fair.
Town images include Redfield, Gettysburg, Mitchell, Elk Point, Huron, Waubay, Hot Springs, and Pierre.
Other topics include sod homes, Native American encampments, floods, railroad scenes, stone artifacts, farm scenes, automobiles, a balloon flight, baseball games and family portraits.

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