South Dakota History wins sixth national award South Dakota History, the quarterly journal of the South Dakota State Historical Society, has won its sixth national award.
The publication won the Michael P. Malone Award from the Western History Association for the best article, essay or commentary on state, provincial or territorial history in North America. The article was "Art Meets Politics: Peter Norbeck, Frank Lloyd Wright, and the Sylvan Lake Hotel Commission," by Suzanne Julin of Missoula, MT. The article appeared in the Summer 2002 issue of South Dakota History, Volume 32, Number 2.
"The article won the Malone Award because of its outstanding research and excellent analysis of a regional as well as national issue," said Nancy Tystad Koupal, editor of South Dakota History. In the article, Julin, a native of Dante, described how, after fire destroyed the first Sylvan Lake Hotel in 1935, Frank Lloyd Wright visited the site in hopes of designing a replacement. However, the architect-selection process became politicized, dooming the possibility of a Wright-designed hotel that could have rivaled Mount Rushmore for bringing worldwide attention to the Black Hills.
Koupal accepted a certificate at the Western History Association annual meeting Oct. 10 in Fort Worth, TX.