I remember the state’s 100th anniversary, and I still have an empty Coca Cola bottle in my cupboard to commemorate the year.
But get this, the state is planning for its 125th. Next year! Yep, 2014.
Here’s a news announcement Gov. Dennis Daugaard put out today:
PIERRE, S.D. – Gov. Dennis Daugaard has appointed a nine-person commission to generate ideas for celebrating South Dakota’s 125th anniversary of statehood in 2014.
The group will seek ideas from the public between now and Oct. 1, 2013 on how to promote South Dakota’s history, increase tourism during the special year and encourage state and local events, such as all-school reunions. Its first meeting will be Wednesday, Aug. 14, 10 a.m. CDT, at the Visitors’ Center next to Capital Lake in Pierre.
They say time goes faster the older you get. Maybe. By the way, I use that pop bottle to hold my angel food cake pan upside to cool just like my mother did. I learned that years ago, way longer ago than 1989.
Here is the list of the commission members:
Jay Vogt, Pierre, current director of the State Historical Society
Dr. Brad Tennant, Aberdeen, associate professor of history at Presentation College and current president of the South Dakota Historical Society
Dr. David Wolff, Spearfish, Black Hills State University dean of the College of Liberal Arts, Western history specialist and author of Seth Bullock: Black Hills Lawman
Joyce Whiting, Porcupine, Oglala Sioux tribal historic preservation specialist
Representative Bernie Hunhoff, Yankton, publisher of South Dakota Magazine and member of the South Dakota House of Representatives
Representative Leslie Heinemann, Flandreau, dentist and member of the South Dakota House of Representatives
Yvonne Taylor, Presho, executive director of the South Dakota Municipal League
Jim Larson, Sioux Falls, former executive director of the 1989 Centennial Office
Shelley Stingley, Sioux Falls, former chair of the 1989 Centennial Commission