SDOHC's Mission

The SDOHC is devoted to documenting the history of the Northern Plains region and the care of previously collected interviews.

Monday, September 24, 2012

The Orator: A SDOHC Publication

A publication from the South Dakota Oral History Center, The Orator comes out once a month with a bulk SDOHC/ORATOR publication being circulated bi-annually.

Articles and information
The Orator is a fairly new publication and is distributed, mainly, throughout the University of South Dakota’s Campus.  However, we are continuing to grow our reader base through the use of technology and community contacts.

We are always accepting new writers for the Orator and the SDOHC Blog. Contact for more information about how you can become a writer for the SDOHC!

Become a SDOHC Member!

By becoming a member of the SDOHC you will be supporting the continued collection and preservation of Northern Plains Voices. You will also, as a member, receive, by email, the SDOHC Orator once per month and any updates about the Center’s activities, then, twice per year, the SDOHC will mail you the bulk Orator publication which will include information about the wide world of oral history and the Oral History Center, and feature articles by contributors to oral history scholarship.

SDOHC Student Membership                                     $25.00

SDOHC Membership                                                    $50.00
As a SDOHC member you will not pay processing fees for requests, receive, by email, the Orator every month and SDOHC updates, as well as, the bi-annual bulk Orator mailing with information about wider oral history scholarship, the SDOHC, and articles from Orator contributors!

SDOHC Institutional Membership                           $200.00
Along with normal member benefits, Institutional Members will receive free admission to classes focused on the archival preservation of audio and video recordings, as well as, free access to the SDOHC’s collections for the use in one exhibit!

SDOHC Sponsor                                                         $1,000.00
Along with normal member benefits, a SDOHC Sponsor is given the opportunity to have a professional Sponsored Oral History Interview conducted and preserved by the SDOHC!

SDOHC Memberships are for One Calendar Year. Fees are deposited into the SDOHC’s Lindley Fund an endowment to the SDOHC. Please mail the SDOHC with your Membership request and check at: SD Oral History Center * 414 E. Clark St. * Vermillion, SD 57069. Make checks payable to the SD Oral History Center. 

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Thank you for your continued interest in the South Dakota Oral History Center!

Monday, September 17, 2012

Woman, Man Blown Up By Bandit Gang: A Retrospective of the Sioux Falls, South Dakota Powder House Blast

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The title to this post contains the heading of a story run in the Pittsburgh Press on January 2nd,1937. The story went on to described the events of the night before in which the Powder House,  located outside of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, containing over 3,000lbs of dynamite and over 7,000lbs of black powder, exploded. Blowing out  more than $20,000 worth of windows in Sioux Falls, the blast rattled eardrums 50 miles away, left behind a crater 50 feet across and 25 feet deep. Upon further investigation lawmen discovered a woman alive, having crawled to safety after being beaten with a hammer and shot; listen to the clip below to hear Charles Chamblin's, a law officer on duty at the time of the blast, account of this fateful night.

O. A. Rothlisberger interviewing Charles Chamblin [SDOHP1080]

- Jennifer McIntyre, SDOHC Digitizer/Curator


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