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Parading Talent

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Rayna Hernandez, pursuing a BFA in painting, talks about Howe programs at USD before a special showing of "Oscar Howe: the Sioux Painter," yesterday in the MUC Pit Lounge.

Rayna Hernandez, pursuing a BFA in painting, talks about Howe programs at USD before a special showing of “Oscar Howe: the Sioux Painter,” yesterday in the MUC Pit Lounge.


Archives and Special Collections exhibits running through May 29th feature items from Oscar Howe’s personal library, manuscript materials, photographs and publications.












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The Archives and Special Collections had a special visit yesterday from students and professors on break from the Chicago School of Violin Making. Levi Samuelson, Thomas Price, Rebecca Elliott, Mary Jane Kwan, Andrew McGinn, Caitlin Cook, and Tommy Coleman made fast use of the Mahoney Music Collection.

Instrument makers showing off their "callused hands."

Instrument makers showing off their “callused hands.”


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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.”

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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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