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Celebrating 25 Years of Northern Plains Art and Culture
Now!Pavilion Magazine
August/September 2012, pp. 28-29

Old friend, new face: Two years of renovations add fresh gleam to Sioux Falls icon, St. Joseph Cathedral
by Steve Young

Argus Leader
July 23, 2011

CWS Executive Director Dr. Harry Thompson is quoted in the article

A Harvest of Words: Contemporary South Dakota Poetry,
edited by Augustana Writer-in -Residence Patrick Hicks, is a finalist for a High Plains Book Award by the Parmly Billings (Montana) Library

The Parmly Billings Library Board has established the High Plains Book Awards to recognize regional authors and/or literary works which examine and reflect life on the High Plains including the states of Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming, Nebraska, Colorado, and Kansas, and the Canadian provinces of Alberta, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan

A splendid view of the earth
Augustana art exhibit displays EROS satellite pictures of land, water, clouds
by Jay Kirchenmann
Argus Leader
May 26, 2011|head

Populism's influence persists
History conference looks at lingering aspects

By Jon Walker
Argus Leader
April 30, 2011

Legislation Could Benefit SD Arts Funding

By David Brown
February 20, 2011

Students brush up skills at art show
By Peter Harriman
Argus Leader
February 20, 2011|galleriespic

Featured artists on hand, will teach classes at annual Artists of the Plains

By Jay Kirschenmann
Argus Leader
February 16, 2011

Annual CWS show to feature student art
By Kirstie Wollman
Augustana College Mirror
February 18, 2011

Arts Alive!

Two stories in the new issue of Arts Alive! feature the Center for Western Studies. Plese see page 3 and 7.

Winter 2011 Arts Alive (1.91 MB)

605 Magazine

The 31st Annual Artists of the Plains Art Show & Sale is featured inteh new issue of 605 Magazine. Director of Outreach and Communication Tim Hoheisel is interviewed in the story.

Students Engaged in Addressing Great Plains Issues

Taught by Augustana’s Center for Western Studies executive director Dr. Harry Thompson, “Finding the Great Plains” asks students to consider which Great Plains they live in.  In designing the course, Thompson was struck by the fact that over 90% of Augustana students come from four states: Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota, and Minnesota.  Some portion of all of these states lies within the Great Plains, especially the northern Great Plains, which is the focus of the Center for Western Studies’ programs.

500 A.D. Copper Knife

CWS board member Bruce Blake wrote an article for the the January 2011 issue of Etc. for Her magazine about an artifact on display at the Center for Western Studies. Read the article here.

CWS Dakota Conference Call for Proposals

Author to Discuss '(re)Defining Borders' at Annual Luncheon

Exhibit Features Rare Works by Borglum, Howe, Dunn and Others

Wright to Discuss Economic Challenges Dec. 7

Lending collection extended at Center for Western Studies
By Josie Funk
Augustana College Mirror
November 19, 2010

Tuve Award Honors Visionary Supporters
Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Augustana has announced that Gerry Berger Law and Robert S. Law, of Clear Lake, S.D., are recipients of the prestigious Tuve Award.

In the News: Boe Forum on Public Affairs
Friday, November 5, 2010
By Dawn Wille, Augustana junior, Truman, Minn.

With a mix of humor and seriousness, former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright on Thursday called for the government to “clean up its act” regarding the nation’s economy and its place in the Middle East.

Albright stresses political unity
Trailblazing diplomat speaks at Augustana

Argus Leader
Jeff Martin
November 5, 2010

Albright: New members of Congress must compromise
November 5, 2010

Alumni artists look back at their time with Augustana, present new work at art exhibit
Argus Leader
October 7, 2010
Jay Kirschenmann

A Harvest of Words: Contemporary South Dakota Poerty is in the news!

Professor edits book of S.D. poetry
Augustana Mirror
September 23, 2010
Kirstie Wollman

SDSU Prof at Festival of Books
Sept. 21, 2010

The Festival of Books: We chat with regional, national authors who will attend 8th annual event downtown
Argus Leader
September 19, 2010
Bryann Becker

Talk online with author Patrick Hicks
Argus Leader
September 22, 2010

Official Press Release
Augustana College
September 9, 2010

S.D. Moments: Riggs family's dedication to missionary work absolute
Descendant explores work with Indians

Argus Leader
September 8, 2010
Jill Callison

Amanda Jenson wrote a paper on the missionary family's impact as a senior majoring in history and government at Augustana College.

Jenson, now the collections assistant at the Center for Western Studies, said it was the length of the Riggs family's service that impressed her.

Sketch of sculptor's Rushmore vision for sale
Argus Leader
Jeff Martin
June 16, 2010

Though Borglum created the sculpture, others - including former South Dakota state historian Doane Robinson - are credited with the original concept for a giant sculpture in the Black Hills, said Harry Thompson, director of the Center for Western Studies at Augustana College.

Award Recipients Collaborating on Research to Benefit Students

Dr. Ann Pederson and Dr. Harry Thompson, CWS executive director, are recipients of the Carole Bland Cultivating Faculty Excellence Award for 2010-11.

Center for Western Studies program will honor artist JoAnne Bird's paintings
Argus Leader
June 10, 2010
Jay Kirschenman

Center for Western Studies Features Features JoAnne Bird Paintings
Arts Alive!
Spring/Summer 2010
(article is at bottom of page 7)

SpringSummer2010ArtsAlive 1.pdf (2.11 MB)

Local Author Documents Early SD
June 4, 2010
Brian Kushida

Historian Jon Lauck relied heavily on the Center's archives to research his new
book Prairie Republic: The Political Culture of Dakota Territory, 1879-1889.

first woman pilot inspires historical research: Chamberlain woman presents paper on folk hero
Argus Leader
May 26, 2010
Jill Callison

Lillian Johnsson conducted research in the Center's archives, wrote a paper on Willhite, and presented it at the 2010 Dakota Conference. This article is based on Johnsson's paper, which was entitled, "She Chose Her Own Path: Nellie A. Willhite, South Dakota's First Woman Pilot."

Also see the CWS website:

S.D. Moments: The interstate's effect. Highway system might be nominated for historic award

Argus Leader
April 21, 2010
Sheri Levisay

Conference to explore physical, spiritual paths of the Plains

Reception to Honor Sinte Gleska President Lionel Bordeaux

Center for Western Studies Ribbon Cutting
February 19, 2010

L to R: Lynn Aspaas, Julie Nelson, Jon Henkes (Augustana College Vice President for Development), Dr. Harry F. Thompson (Center for Western Studies Executive Director), Eric Anderson, Doug Berkland, Lynda Billars, and Tim Hoheisel.

Historic moments in Dakotas
Argus Leader
March 25, 2010
Chuck Raasch, Gannett News Service

Historian Jon Lauck relied heavily on the Center's archives to research his new
book Prairie Republic: The Political Culture of Dakota Territory, 1879-1889.

Figure paintings add to Marian Henjum's successful career

Argus Leader
March 18, 2010
Jay Kirschenmann

In Memory of Arthur R. Huseboe, Oct. 6, 1931 - Mar. 13, 2010

CWS Displays Regional Talent
Augusana Mirror
March 4, 2010
Erin Mangen

Harry Thompson named executive director of Center for Western Studies at Augustana
Argus Leader
February 23, 2010

For the Love of the Prairie”
Living Here, The Magazine of Life in Southeast South Dakota and Northeast Nebraska
Winter 2009, Volume 6, Issue 4, pages 6-11
Thea Miller Ryan

Caring for the land which inspired Ole Rolvaag's classic American novel Giants in the Earth is a sacred trust for Dale and Carolyn Harkness.

CWS Directer Emeritus Dr. Art Huseboe was interviewed for the story.

“Historical board doles out grants”
Argus Leader
Devember 27, 2009

CWS Executive Director and Director of Research Collections and Publications Dr. Harry F. Thompson is a member of the South Dakota State Historical Records Advisory Board.

“Indian health crisis: Finding answers”
Argus Leader
December 21, 2009
Steve Young

As part of its Native American Initiative 2009-10, CWS sponsored a lecture on urban Native American health issues on November 18. Speakers were Donna Keeler, Executive Director of South Dakota Indian Health, Inc., and Karla Abbott, Augustana College Department of Nursing. For information on upcoming Inititative events, go to the CWS website.

“Augustana professors contribute to book on state’s history”

Augustana Mirror
December 3, 2009
Sonia Halbach

A New South Dakota History: Second Edition just arrived in bookstores last fall, but this book that has been in the works since 2000.

“There hasn't been a history done on South Dakota since 1975,” said Harry Thompson, director of research collections and publications and the interim director of the Center for Western Studies. “We started talking about the book in 2000.”

“Photographer Les Voorhis comes home to the Hills for his work”
Argus Leader
December 3, 2009
Jay Kirschenmann

See his exhibit, “South Dakota Magical: The Nature and Wildlife Photography of Les Voorhis,” at the Center For Western Studies, Augustana College, now through Feb. 27.

“Initiative builds platform for Midwest Native Americans”
Augustana Mirror
November 13, 2009
Spencer Ferrell

The principle behind the initiative is to take the daily programming done by the CWS throughout the year and turn it into a proactive program to attract attention to issues affecting Native Americans in the Midwest.

“One thing we wanted to accomplish is to provide Native Americans a way for them to speak to their own culture,” said Harry Thompson, interim director and director of research collections and publications at the CWS. “We want a Native community addressing Native issues.”

“Silent auction to help world get clean water”

Argus Leader
November 5, 2009

The Center for Western Studies donated several books to a silent auction and concert to help provide clean water to the world. The event to be held on Monday, November 23, is dedicated to the memory of Jenna VanBuren, an Augustana student who died in a car accident shortly before the start of this school year.

“Hope on the Range”
South Dakota Magazine
Nov/Dec 2009
Katie Hunhoff

Much of the information in “The Acceleration of Agriculture” section, pages 40-41, was taken from the CWS book A New South Dakota History.

“Cash helps USD center preserve voices of past”

Argus Leader
October 22, 2009
Jonathan Ellis

CWS national advisory council member Dr. Herbert T. Hoover and CWS Interim Director and Director of Research Collections and Publications Dr. Harry F. Thompson are quoted in the article. 

Former CWS intern Julie Schablitsky is making quite a name for herself as a professional archeologist.

“Second edition of A New South Dakota History published”
Tuesday, October 6, 2009

“Media Coverage: Former President of Pakistan at Augustana College”
Monday, October 5, 2009

“Words that changed world on display”
Argus Leader
September 13, 2009
Peter Harriman

CWS Interim Director and Director of Research Collections and Publications Dr. Harry F. Thompson is quoted in the article. 

“Former Pakistan Leader is Boe Forum Speaker”
Tuesday, August 25, 2009

“A Teacher’s Life”
South Dakota Magazine, Editor’s Notebook
June 17, 2009
Bernie Hunhoff

“Center for Western Studies Receives $300,000 Challenge Grant”
Monday, February 9, 2009