Images of the Past
Volumes have been written about South Dakota history but the state's story is also told in drawings, photographs, film, video and other media. "Images of the Past" offers a fresh look at images of the well-known and the nearly unknown places, events, and people of South Dakota’s past.Visit Images of the Past Website
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South Dakota's been on film since the very beginning.
1936 film shows operations at what was once the world's deepest gold mine.
How miners drilled, blasted, and removed ore from what was once the deepest mine on earth.
Film shot in 1949 shows what was being done to help children during a polio epidemic.
After years of undermining, portions of Lead, South Dakota, began to sink.
How transportation and infrastructure have evolved in the Black Hills and the region.
The rise of railroad transportation in the Black Hills began in the 1880s.
Belle Fourche, South Dakota was once a true Old West cattle town.
Amateur film of a family vacation circa 1940s...
Joe Foss, Gen. James Dolittle and actor Robert Stack go pheasant hunting in Howard, SD
The daughter of sculptor Gutzon Borglum talks about her mother's life.
Mary Ellis Borglum at the placement of a permanent time capsule on Mount Rushmore.
Sculptor Gutzon Borglum wanted future generations to know the who and why of Rushmore
Dwight Eisenhower speaks at the dedication of Ellsworth Air Force Base. June 13, 1953.
Film from 1954 shows how methods of gold recovery evolved at Homestake Mine.
Video from the 1990s shows gold recovery at Homestake Mine. Includes final pour in 2002.