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Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Holiday Celebrations

Present day South Dakota is filled with different holiday traditions, folklore, and celebration.  And, as we are now looking forward to a new year, it seems appropriate to look back at a couple oral histories of celebration, folklore, and tradition from yesteryear. 

The first recording is AIRP 0190, it is a segment from the interview conducted by Cynthia Kelsey of Mrs. Josephine Robinson in Naytahwaush, Minnesota.  In this short clip, you will hear Mrs. Robinson talk about her remembrances of how New Year's Eve was celebrated when she was younger.

The second interview [SDOHP 0258] segment comes to us from  Mrs. Mary Rasmussen who was interviewed by Earl Hausle April of 1972 at the age of 82. Mrs. Rasmussen is originally from Ireland and in this clip she talks about the tradition of the Christmas Tree in Buffalo Gap, South Dakota.

If you wish to read the trascripts for these recordings or listen to the full recording, please contact the South Dakota Oral History Center at

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