About the CWS

The mission of the Center for Western Studies at Augustana College is preserving and interpreting the history and cultures of the Northern Plains.

Founded by author and Augustana College English Professor Herbert Krause, the Center serves as a repository for over 500 substantive collections and maintains a library in excess of 36,000 volumes on the American West. In addition, the Center holds an extensive art and artifact collection, and sponsors annual events such as the Boe Forum, the June Event, the Dakota Conference, and the Artists of the Plains Art Show and Sale. With more than 70 publications to its credit, the Center is a major academic publisher in South Dakota.


CWS Staff

Center for Western Studies Staff New PhotoExecutive Director
Dr. Harry F. Thompson

Collections Assistant
Liz Thrond

Education Assistant
Kristi Thomas

Office Coordinator
Amy Nelson

CWS staff members: Dr. Harry Thompson, Liz Thrond, Kristi Thomas, and Amy Nelson

Contact us:

Center for Western Studies, Sioux Falls, SD

By Phone

By E-mail

By Fax

By Mail
Center for Western Studies
Augustana College
2001 S. Summit Ave.
Sioux Falls, SD 57197

In Person
2121 S. Summit Ave. (near 30th St. & Summit Ave.)
Augustana College

Maps/Directions to Campus

Monday-Friday: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Archives: Mon.-Fri. by appt.

GPS Position: 43 degrees, 31.5 minutes North by 96 degrees, 44.2 minutes West