Spude to deliver Cash Lecture Robert L. Spude of the National Park Service will deliver the 1998 Joseph Harper Cash Memorial Lecture on Thursday, Oct. 22 in Farber Hall of Old Main at The University of South Dakota.
Since 1995, Spude has served as program leader of the National Register Programs/ Historian, Southwest System Support Office, Intermountain Region of the National Park Service at Santa Fe, NM.
Spude has been published widely in technical reports, scholarly journals and other publications about mining history historical preservation and the National Park Service interested in cultural resources.
Spude's talk addresses issues at the Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park in Alaska where he was a park historian. 1998 is the centennial of the Klondike gold rush, which makes his talk timely.
Spude, who received his Ph.D. in history in 1989 from the University of Illinois following undergraduate and graduate work at Arizona State University, worked with the Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park at Skagway, AK, where he collected historical data to support preservation and interpretation at the Klondike Park.
He produced two books, Chilkoot Trail in 1980 and Skagway, District of Columbia in 1983. During the late 1970s and 1980s, Spude worked on several assignments of Alaskan subject matter with funds from the Bureau of Land Management, Heritage Conservation and Recreation Service, and the National Park Service.
In 1988, Spude relocated to the Denver office of the National Park Service where he was chief of the National Preservation Programs for the Rocky Mountain Region.
In 1994, he assumed duties as deputy of the Office of Ecosystems and Strategic Management for the Denver office. Under his leadership, the office established ecosystem management plans for use by historians preparing environmental histories and cultural landscape background information for trial projects at Great Sand Dunes National Monument and Bent's Old Fort National Historic Site.
The Joseph Harper Cash Memorial Lecture Series was established to bring scholars in the fields of Indian studies, frontier, western and mining history to USD for presentations and discussions. The program was developed through private donations from Cash's family and friends.
Originally of Mitchell, Cash grew up in Bonesteel where he graduated from high school. He earned his bachelor's and master's degrees from USD and his doctorate from the University of Iowa in 1966.
Cash joined the USD faculty in 1968 as a professor of history. He held the position of Duke Research Professor of History, and from 1976-77 and again in 1987-1990, he served as director of the Institute of Indian Studies.
He was founder and director of the American Indian Research Project and the South Dakota Oral History Project, major divisions of the South Dakota Oral History Center.
Cash was named dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, a position he held for 10 years before returning to teaching.
Cash authored 10 books and numerous articles on South Dakota history, mining, Indians and oral history. He received the Robinson Award in 1990 in recognition of his work in preserving South Dakota history.