Rapid City, a summer playground of America, was founded in 1876 by gold seekers and fueled by a rush to the Black Hills following the Custer Expedition of 1874. When the railroad arrived a decade later, cattlemen replaced the miners and Rapid City remained a hub of activity. "Rapid" is the gateway to the Black Hills. Rapid City: A Nostaligic Look at the 1920s Through the 1970s, by Bev Pechan and Bill Groethe contains a collection of over 200 vintage images capturing this pioneering city in delightful detail.
Sturgis, named for Colonel Samuel Sturgis of the U.S. Seventh Calvary, was established in 1878 as a "no holds barred" supply center for Fort Meade. Sturgis became known as a "Scooptown" because of the regularity with which saloons and gambling dens "scooped" the pay from the Fort Meade soldiers. The town has changed over the years but remains a colorful and fascinating area rich in history and character. Sturgis, South Dakota 1878-1960 was written by Bev Pechan for the Sturgis Areas Arts Council.
From the prairie to river's edge, the Pierre and Fort Pierre area resounds with historical adventure. Visited in 1743 by French explorers, the Verendrye brothers, and then by Lewis and Clark in 1804, Fort Pierre was established as a fur trading post and also served as a military fort. This little town bustled as a freight station and a stop for stagecoach travel on the Fort Pierre to Deadwood gold rush in 1875. When the Northwestern Railroad reached the Missouri River in 1880, Pierre emerged as an important river town. Jan Cerney, author of four other travel and history books, has written Pierre and Fort Pierre.
These new additions can be found in the non-fiction areas of the new books shelf in the library.
DearReader.com Book Club
The DearReader.com Book Club offers many selections to Internet patrons. Each book runs for five days, Monday through Friday. Some genres offer selections every other week. Check out this service by registering at the library's Web site, http://vpl.sdln.net and clicking on the book club icon. Online patrons can find the club at www.supportlibrary.com /su/su.cfm?x=470596. The following selections for the week of Feb. 4 are:
AUDIO BOOK: No selection for this week.
BUSINESS: KarmaQueens, Geek Gods & Innerpreneurs, by Ron Rentel
FICTION: Hope and Other Dangerous Pursuits, by Laila Lalami
GOOD NEWS: Mosaic, by Amy Grant
HORROR: No selection for this week.
MYSTERY: At Some Disputed Barricade, by Anne Perry
NON-FICTION: Standing Eight, by Adam Pituk
PRE-PUB: No selection for this week.
ROMANCE: Forbidden Fantasy, by Cheryl Holt
SCIENCE FICTION: No selection for this week.
TEEN: The Whole Sky Full of Stars, by Rene Saldana, Jr.
The Vermillion Public Library is looking for displays to be shown in the case behind the circulation desk. Please call the library at 677-7060 if you have items to be on display for the months of February, March, or April.
An author visit and book signing will be held with Bernie Hunhoff on Wednesday, Feb. 27 from 4-6 p.m. in the Community Room of the library. Hunhoff's book, South Dakota Curiosities includes quirky characters, roadside oddities, and other offbeat stuff. Copies of his book will be available for purchase.