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South Dakota State Capitol (Chapter 1) South Dakota State Capitol (Chapter 1)

The Beginning: Dakota Territory - Briefly explains the origin and leadership of Dakota Territory and the location of the territorial capital city. For more resources, photo galleries, guides, etc.

Our Statehouse: A Capitol Idea - Produced in conjunction with the centenary of the South Dakota State Capitol, Our Statehouse: A Capitol Idea is an hour long documentary, a learning tool, an entertaining program, and an important record of South Dakota’s history. Our state Capitol is rich in architectural beauty, history, and political intrigue. Our Statehouse: A Capitol Idea tells the story of the Capitol in a visually stimulating and educational format. The program provides educators and citizens with a new tool for understanding the history of our state. It presents the stories of the key players behind the creation of the Capitol, the controversy in deciding a location, the reason Pierre was finally chosen as the Capital City, and details about construction. The program includes new footage and interviews, archival video, historic photographs and documents, and aerial footage. This teaching guide plus online elements support classroom use of the program. The companion Web site includes interactive online elements, downloadable educational resources, additional interviews and footage, and photographs not included in the one-hour program. (Architecture, state government, history, restore, 1910 Dakota Territory, Yankton, President Buchanan’s, President Lincoln, William Jayne. H, Governor Ordway, Bismarck North Dakota, Capitol on Wheels, Enabling Act of 1889, statehood proclamation, constitutional convention)

South Dakota State Capitol (Chapter 2) Battle Over Location: Describes the federal legislation that allowed the creation of the state of South Dakota and the elections to decide the location of the state capital. For more resources, photo galleries, guides, etc.

Our Statehouse: A Capitol Idea - Produced in conjunction with the centenary of the South Dakota State Capitol, Our Statehouse: A Capitol Idea is an hour long documentary, a learning tool, an entertaining program, and an important record of South Dakota’s history. Our state Capitol is rich in architectural beauty, history, and political intrigue. Our Statehouse: A Capitol Idea tells the story of the Capitol in a visually stimulating and educational format. The program provides educators and citizens with a new tool for understanding the history of our state. It presents the stories of the key players behind the creation of the Capitol, the controversy in deciding a location, the reason Pierre was finally chosen as the Capital City, and details about construction. The program includes new footage and interviews, archival video, historic photographs and documents, and aerial footage. This teaching guide plus online elements support classroom use of the program. The companion Web site includes interactive online elements, downloadable educational resources, additional interviews and footage, and photographs not included in the one-hour program. (Pierre, election, legislature, Congregational Church, Old Hughes County Courthouse, R.F. Pettigrew, G. C. Moody, senators, 1890, House of Representatives, Senate, Governor Mellette, Huron, campaign)
South Dakota State Capitol (Chapter 3) Permanent Pierre: Reports on the campaign Pierre pursued to finally secure election as the State Capital. For more resources, photo galleries, guides, etc.

Our Statehouse: A Capitol Idea - Produced in conjunction with the centenary of the South Dakota State Capitol, Our Statehouse: A Capitol Idea is an hour long documentary, a learning tool, an entertaining program, and an important record of South Dakota’s history. Our state Capitol is rich in architectural beauty, history, and political intrigue. Our Statehouse: A Capitol Idea tells the story of the Capitol in a visually stimulating and educational format. The program provides educators and citizens with a new tool for understanding the history of our state. It presents the stories of the key players behind the creation of the Capitol, the controversy in deciding a location, the reason Pierre was finally chosen as the Capital City, and details about construction. The program includes new footage and interviews, archival video, historic photographs and documents, and aerial footage. This teaching guide plus online elements support classroom use of the program. The companion Web site includes interactive online elements, downloadable educational resources, additional interviews and footage, and photographs not included in the one-hour program. (1903, 1905, legislature, Mitchell, senate joint resolution, Pierre, votes, election, Governor Charels Nelson Herreid, statehouse, fireproof, archives, congressional donations, Governor Samuel H. Elrod, architect, Montana State Capitol, C.E. Bell, M.S. Detweiler, state stone, materials, native stone, field boulders, rotunda, contractor, O.H. Olsen)
South Dakota State Capitol (Chapter 4) Design and Construction Begins: Describes the process for deciding to build the State Capitol, hiring an architect and contractors, and constructing the building. For more resources, photo galleries, guides, etc.

Our Statehouse: A Capitol Idea - Produced in conjunction with the centenary of the South Dakota State Capitol, Our Statehouse: A Capitol Idea is an hour long documentary, a learning tool, an entertaining program, and an important record of South Dakota’s history. Our state Capitol is rich in architectural beauty, history, and political intrigue. Our Statehouse: A Capitol Idea tells the story of the Capitol in a visually stimulating and educational format. The program provides educators and citizens with a new tool for understanding the history of our state. It presents the stories of the key players behind the creation of the Capitol, the controversy in deciding a location, the reason Pierre was finally chosen as the Capital City, and details about construction. The program includes new footage and interviews, archival video, historic photographs and documents, and aerial footage. This teaching guide plus online elements support classroom use of the program. The companion Web site includes interactive online elements, downloadable educational resources, additional interviews and footage, and photographs not included in the one-hour program. (Sandstone, limestone, Vermont marble, fieldstone from Highmore SD, rotunda, foundation June 25th, 1908, corner stone, Governor Coe I. Crawford, Fanebust and Sons, May 1910, June 1910 capitol lake, natural gas, dome, materials, statehood, contractor, O.H. Olsen, architectural history, neoclassic, murals, artists, Edward Simmons, Great Seal, art stained glass, pendentives, agriculture, goddess, Cerces, livestock, Europa, Zeus, wisdom, industry, mining, Minerva, motherhood, lunette, Edwin Blashfield, Sprit of the West, controversy, manifest destiny)
South Dakota State Capitol (Chapter 5) Historical Moments: Tells about the construction of the Capitol annex, and Pierre residents and others talk about memories of Pierre and the workings of government; among others, the daughter of Gov. George T. Mickelson talks about her father and the birth of her brother, Gov. George S. Mickelson. For more resources, photo galleries, guides, etc.

Our Statehouse: A Capitol Idea - Produced in conjunction with the centenary of the South Dakota State Capitol, Our Statehouse: A Capitol Idea is an hour long documentary, a learning tool, an entertaining program, and an important record of South Dakota’s history. Our state Capitol is rich in architectural beauty, history, and political intrigue. Our Statehouse: A Capitol Idea tells the story of the Capitol in a visually stimulating and educational format. The program provides educators and citizens with a new tool for understanding the history of our state. It presents the stories of the key players behind the creation of the Capitol, the controversy in deciding a location, the reason Pierre was finally chosen as the Capital City, and details about construction. The program includes new footage and interviews, archival video, historic photographs and documents, and aerial footage. This teaching guide plus online elements support classroom use of the program. The companion Web site includes interactive online elements, downloadable educational resources, additional interviews and footage, and photographs not included in the one-hour program. (Annex 1932, foundation, structure, shale, WPA workers, restore, rotunda, deteriorate, stenciled, George Mickelson, Governor, copper dome, spittoons)
South Dakota State Capitol (Chapter 6) Restoring the Capitol: Describes problems that surfaced in the Capitol over several decades and the numerous projects that restored the building to its original beauty as well as new additions to the Capitol grounds, including memorials. For more resources, photo galleries, guides, etc.

Our Statehouse: A Capitol Idea - Produced in conjunction with the centenary of the South Dakota State Capitol, Our Statehouse: A Capitol Idea is an hour long documentary, a learning tool, an entertaining program, and an important record of South Dakota’s history. Our state Capitol is rich in architectural beauty, history, and political intrigue. Our Statehouse: A Capitol Idea tells the story of the Capitol in a visually stimulating and educational format. The program provides educators and citizens with a new tool for understanding the history of our state. It presents the stories of the key players behind the creation of the Capitol, the controversy in deciding a location, the reason Pierre was finally chosen as the Capital City, and details about construction. The program includes new footage and interviews, archival video, historic photographs and documents, and aerial footage. This teaching guide plus online elements support classroom use of the program. The companion Web site includes interactive online elements, downloadable educational resources, additional interviews and footage, and photographs not included in the one-hour program. (Paint, stain glass, rotunda, marble, dome, cracks, architecture, architectural, Supreme Court, Governor, Paul War Cloud, Native American Progress, cliché as, Blashfield, restoring, restore, artifact, Capitol Lake, Hilger Gulch, Governor’s Grove, arbor day, Janklow, restoration, Capitol Complex Restoration and Beautification Commission, stenciled, American Renaissance, replicas, chandeliers, scagliola, columns, pillars, mosaic floors, blue tile, renovation, restoration, George Mickelson, Korczak Ziolkowski, Ruth Ziolkowski, Fighting Stallions, memorial, WW I, WW II, Korean, Vietnam)
South Dakota State Capitol (Chapter 7) Our Capitol Today: Takes a last look at the Capitol through the eyes of several commentators and at some pending energy efficiency upgrades. For more resources, photo galleries, guides, etc.

Our Statehouse: A Capitol Idea - Produced in conjunction with the centenary of the South Dakota State Capitol, Our Statehouse: A Capitol Idea is an hour long documentary, a learning tool, an entertaining program, and an important record of South Dakota’s history. Our state Capitol is rich in architectural beauty, history, and political intrigue. Our Statehouse: A Capitol Idea tells the story of the Capitol in a visually stimulating and educational format. The program provides educators and citizens with a new tool for understanding the history of our state. It presents the stories of the key players behind the creation of the Capitol, the controversy in deciding a location, the reason Pierre was finally chosen as the Capital City, and details about construction. The program includes new footage and interviews, archival video, historic photographs and documents, and aerial footage. This teaching guide plus online elements support classroom use of the program. The companion Web site includes interactive online elements, downloadable educational resources, additional interviews and footage, and photographs not included in the one-hour program. (Restored Capitol, restoration, 100 years, century)
South Dakota State Capitol Building (Entire Program) SDPB produced television special about the South Dakota Capitol in Pierre, SD.

For more resources, photo galleries, guides, etc.

Our Statehouse: A Capitol Idea - Produced in conjunction with the centenary of the South Dakota State Capitol, Our Statehouse: A Capitol Idea is an hour long documentary, a learning tool, an entertaining program, and an important record of South Dakota’s history. Our state Capitol is rich in architectural beauty, history, and political intrigue. Our Statehouse: A Capitol Idea tells the story of the Capitol in a visually stimulating and educational format. The program provides educators and citizens with a new tool for understanding the history of our state. It presents the stories of the key players behind the creation of the Capitol, the controversy in deciding a location, the reason Pierre was finally chosen as the Capital City, and details about construction. The program includes new footage and interviews, archival video, historic photographs and documents, and aerial footage. This teaching guide plus online elements support classroom use of the program. The companion Web site includes interactive online elements, downloadable educational resources, additional interviews and footage, and photographs not included in the one-hour program.

(Architecture, state government, history, restore, 1910 Dakota Territory, Yankton, President Buchanan’s, President Lincoln, William Jayne. H, Governor Ordway, Bismarck North Dakota, Capitol on Wheels, Enabling Act of 1889, statehood proclamation, constitutional convention, Pierre, election, legislature, Congregational Church, Old Hughes County Courthouse, R.F. Pettigrew, G. C. Moody, senators, 1890, House of Representatives, Senate, Governor Mellette, Huron, campaign, 1903, 1905, legislature, Mitchell, senate joint resolution, votes, Governor Charels Nelson Herreid, statehouse, fireproof, archives, congressional donations, Governor Samuel H. Elrod, architect, Montana State Capitol, C.E. Bell, M.S. Detweiler, state stone, materials, native stone, field boulders, rotunda, contractor, O.H. Olsen, sandstone, limestone, Vermont marble, fieldstone from Highmore SD, rotunda, foundation, June 25th, 1908, corner stone, Governor Coe I. Crawford, Fanebust and Sons, May 1910, June 1910, capitol lake, natural gas, dome, materials, statehood, contractor, architectural history, neoclassic, murals, artists, Edward Simmons, Great Seal, art stained glass, pendentives, agriculture, goddess, Cerces, livestock, Europa, Zeus, wisdom, industry, mining, Minerva, motherhood, lunette, Edwin Blashfield, Sprit of the West, controversy, manifest destiny, annex 1932, structure, shale, WPA workers, restore, rotunda, deteriorate, stenciled, George Mickelson, Governor, copper dome, spittoons, Paint, stain glass, rotunda, marble, dome, cracks, architecture, architectural, Supreme Court, Governor, Paul War Cloud, Native American Progress, cliché as, Blashfield, restoring, restore, artifact, Hilger Gulch, Governor’s Grove, arbor day, Janklow, restoration, Capitol Complex Restoration and Beautification Commission, stenciled, American Renaissance, replicas, chandeliers, scagliola, columns, pillars, mosaic floors, blue tile, renovation, restoration, George Mickelson, Korczak Ziolkowski, Ruth Ziolkowski, Fighting Stallions, memorial, Korean, Vietnam, 100 years, century) (People mentioned in program: Bell, C. E.: Architect of the Capitol, Blashfield, Edwin: (1848-1936) American artist and
Muralist, Boe, Nils: (1913-1992) 23rd S.D. governor, 1965-69 (R), Buchanan, James: (1791-1868) 15th U.S. President, 1857-61 (D), Bulfinch, Charles: (1763-1844) early American architect, built rotunda and dome of U.S. Capitol, Crawford, Coe I.: (1858-1944) 6th S.D. governor, 1907-1909 (R), Detweiler, M. S.: Architect of the Capitol, Elrod, Samuel H.: (1856-1935) 5th S.D. governor, 1905-1907 (R), Fanebust, I.: Landscaper of the Capitol grounds, Grams, Bill: (1912-1983) state legislator from Sturgis, 1967-80 (R), Herreid, Charles Nelson: (1857-1928) 4th S.D. governor, 1901-1905 (R), Holloway, Charles: (1859-1941) American artist, Janklow, William: (1939- ) 27th and 30th S.D. governor, 1979-1987, 1995-2003 (R), Jayne, William: (1826-1916) 1st Dakota Territory governor, 1861-63; territorial delegate to U.S. House, 1863-64 (R), Kneip, Richard: (1933-1987) 25th S.D. governor, 1971-78 (D), Lamont, Frances “Peg”: (1914- ) state legislator from Aberdeen, 1975-88 (R), Lincoln, Abraham: (1809-1865) 16th U.S. President, 1861-65 (R), Mellette, Arthur: (1842-1896) last Dakota Territory governor, 1885-89; 1st S.D. governor, 1889-1893 (R), Mickelson, George S.: (1941-1993) 28th S.D. governor, 1987-93 (R), son of Gov. George T. Mickelson, Mickelson, George T.: (1903-1965) 18th S.D. governor, 1947-51 (R), father of Gov. George S. Mickelson
Moody, C.F.: (1832-1904) member of Dakota Territory, House of Representatives, served on territorial Supreme Court, S.D. U.S. Senator, 1889-91 (R), Olsen, O.H.: Contractor for S.D. State Capitol, Ordway, Nehemiah: (1828-1907) 7th Dakota Territory governor, 1880-84, Pettigrew, R.F.: (1848-1926) Dakota Territory representative in U.S. Congress, 1881-83, 1885-89; S.D. U.S. Senator, 1889-1901 (R), Simmons, Edward: (1852-1931) American painter and muralist, War Cloud, Paul: (1930-1973) Native American author, artist, and publisher, Ziolkowski, Korczak: (1908-1982) designer and sculptor of Crazy Horse Memorial, Ziolkowski, Ruth: (1926- ) wife of Korczak Ziolkowski and director of Crazy Horse Memorial)

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