State historical society features S.D. native sons

State historical society features S.D. native sons Native sons Casey Tibbs and George S. McGovern are featured along with South Dakota dance-band leaders in the latest issue of South Dakota History, the official journal of the South Dakota State Historical Society.

During the 1940s and 1950s, Fort Pierre's Casey Tibbs established himself as rodeo's greatest saddle-bronc rider, a reputation that still stands today. John M. Duffy documents the rags-to-riches story of the Mission Ridge cowboy in his article, "Casey Tibbs: 'America's Most Beloved Cowboy.'"

Duffy grew up in Fort Pierre and works as a lawyer with the Federal Public Defender's Office in Pierre.

George McGovern owed much of his early political success to South Dakota's farmers, according to Jon K. Lauck in "George S. McGovern and the Farmer: South Dakota Politics, 1953-1962." McGovern's efforts to continue the work of the New Deal and protect the "little man" from corporate capitalism resonated with farmers struggling to save their farms, says Lauck.

A lawyer and economic historian, Lauck, of Sioux Falls, is the author of American Agriculture and the Problem of


Before television, dancing provided entertainment for many South Dakotans, wrote Harl A. Dalstrom and Kay Calam� Dalstrom in " 'Back by Popular Demand!': Dancing in Small-Town South Dakota." While dancing was a form of recreation, the work of sponsoring dances, often to raise funds for worthy causes, brought people together for a common purpose.

Harl Dalstrom is professor of history at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Kay Calam� Dalstrom is, retired from the University's Learning Center. She is the daughter of South Dakota bandleader Bob Calam�.

Christopher Leatherman, a graduate student at the University of South Dakota, profiles bandleader Lawrence Welk in "Dakota Images."

South Dakota History is a benefit of membership in the South Dakota State Historical Society, a program of the state Department of Education and Cultural Affairs. Individual copies of the magazine and memberships may be purchased from the society at 900 Governors Drive, Pierre, SD 57501-2217; telephone, (605) 773-3458; Web site www.sdhis

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