Edelen resigns as director Mary B. Edelen, director of the South Dakota State Historical Society, has resigned her position effective July 1. Edelen was appointed by former Gov. William Janklow in 1995 and has served in that capacity ever since.
Edelen, who has worked to raise awareness about state history, said, "I have thoroughly enjoyed the last 8 1/2 years that I have had the privilege to work with a very dedicated staff and members of the board of trustees of the S.D. State Historical Society. We are now in the Department of Tourism and State Development with a new secretary, and it is time to move on to other endeavors."