Today is the 100th anniversary of Joe Foss’s birth. The following summary is from the guide to his papers at the Archives and Special Collections:

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“Joseph J. Foss remains an important figure in South Dakota history. He was born on a farm outside of Sioux Falls, South Dakota on April 17, 1915. Foss received a business degree from the University of South Dakota in 1940. For his service as a pilot in the United States Marine Corps, he was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor. Foss resigned from the Marine Corps Reserve in 1946 and accepted command of the newly formed South Dakota Air National Guard in 1947.

Following his return to South Dakota, Foss was elected as a member of the South Dakota House of Representatives in 1948 and 1952. He served two terms as governor of South Dakota, from 1955-1959. Commissioner of the American Football League, vice-president of Raven Industries, president of the National Rifle Association and president of the National Society for Crippled Children and Adults from 1969-1971 are additional professional activities in which Foss was engaged. He hosted his own television show entitled “The Outdoorsman: Joe Foss.” Foss, along with his wife Donna Wild Foss, wrote A Proud American: the autobiography of Joe Foss.

Joe Foss died on January 1, 2003.”

Invitation for Oscar Howe: the Sioux Painter in Vermillion, 1974.


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Oscar Howe’s handwritten tour schedule for the opening of the film.


Oscar Howe: the Sioux Painter will be shown on Tuesday, April 21st at 1:00pm in the Pit Lounge, Muenster University Center.

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Please join us in the MUC Pit Lounge next Tuesday, April 21st, at 1:00pm for a special showing of “Oscar Howe: the Sioux Painter” (narrated by Vincent Price.)

An exhibition of materials from the Oscar Howe Collection will be on display from April 17th – May 29 in the Archives and Special Collections, room 305, University Libraries.

We are honored to have a collection of Vietnam War veterans’ oral history transcripts in the Archives and Special Collections.


This collection contains interviews with 33 veterans from central South Dakota gathered between September 1984 and December 1985. “Their service in Southeast Asia spans 1961 through 1975 and covers a wide variety of combat and noncombat duties. They are from all branches of the military and from a wide variety of social backgrounds.” The veterans and project methodologies are further described in the project’s publications which are also in the collection.


These oral histories were gathered by the South Dakota Vietnam Veterans Oral History Project, sponsored by the Vietnam Era Veterans Association, Inc. and the Robinson Museum, Pierre, South Dakota.


For more Vietnam War era veterans’ oral histories, contact the South Dakota Oral History Center at the University of South Dakota.


April 30, 2015 will be the 40th anniversary of fall of Saigon.


Quote from:

Thomas C. Magedanz. South Dakota Vietnam Veterans Oral History Project: Project Description and Interview Directory. Pierre, South Dakota: Vietnam Era Veterans Association, Inc. and Robinson Museum, 1986.

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