South Dakota Wines and Chocolate

The History Club’s February meeting begins at 5:45 PM on Tuesday, February 6th.  

We will learn about the history of winemaking in South Dakota, sample some local wines and enjoy a variety of goodies dipped in a chocolate fountain. Our speaker, Denise DePaolo, is the co-author of South Dakota Wine: A Fruitful History. Denise will educate us about local fruit, settler’s early wine making traditions, the development of grapes that survive the SD climate. She can tell stories about SD wineries and answer questions about pairing wine with chocolate or other food.

Please invite a friend or your spouse to join in this special event. The more the merrier! There will be an opportunity to purchase the book at a discounted price of $15.  We hope to see you at the meeting!

January 9,2018 5:45pm General Meeting

Begin the new year with David Jal, former child soldier from the Khor Wakow region of Sudan, one of the “lost boys of Sudan.” Forced into the army at age 8, he was shot, then injured from a grenade. While receiving medical treatment, he lost contact with his family. Moving from one refugee camp to another trying to survive, David eventually immigrated to the U.S. at age 19, and has lived in Sioux Falls for 22 years. He speaks six languages, has earned his GED, a college degree from USD, got married, and works as a probation officer for Minnehaha County. With the money he earns, he has started a school project to educate children in his home region. Most notably, he met with the Tribal Chief to convince the Chief that girls should be allowed to attend school instead of being forced to grind corn, an inspiring story! Come and hear about it!


All Saints Neighborhood “National Night Out”

The History CLub’s annual picnic will be in conjunction with the All Saints Neighborhood “National Night Out” at Lyon Park on Tuesday, August 1, 2017.

All Saints Neighborhood has invited The History Club to join them in celebrating National Night Out. Hot dogs, lemonade, plates and serving utensils will be provided. Bring a dish to pass and lawn chair for seating.

Summer Schedule

There will be no General Meeting in July.

On August 1, we will hold our Annual Potluck Picnic. Watch for more details to come. Enjoy the summer!

Tea Society Fun

A Tea was held on June 17 at The History Club.  Thanks to the hostesses and to all who attended. It was a delightful afternoon.

Enjoying the June Tea!

Enjoying the June Tea!


Visit the Stockyards Ag Experience Barn

Visit the Stockyards Ag Experience Barn on a Special Tour guided by
Executive Director Jennifer Hoesing.  June 6, 2017 at 5:45 pm
The Stockyards Ag Experience Barn opened in March 2017 with a mission of connecting visitors to agriculture. History Club members will explore the Barn’s two exhibits: the Stockyards history exhibit which interprets the 92-year history of the Sioux Falls Stockyards and the Farm to Table story, which connects that rich historical legacy to the interpretation of contemporary ag. Learn about food and farming, all in the historic 1880s barn at Falls ParkPlease consider a small donation!

For those who would like to go to Jackie’s Guatemalan Restaurant near 8th and Railroad after the tour, please contact Julie Johnson at  She will reserve a room for members…so, please respond soon!

Nordland Heritage Park Tour

Tour the Nordland Heritage Park with David Hildebrandt on Tuesday, May 2 at 6:30 pm.
Heritage Park, located on the Augustana University campus, is home to the cabin in which Ole Rolvaag wrote Giants in the Earth, as well as the childhood home of Rolvaag’s bride, Jennie Berdahl, and Beaver Creek Lutheran Church and the Eggers School House.
Please gather at the little white Beaver Creek Lutheran Church on the Augustana campus just west of Our Saviors Lutheran Church on 33rd Street.  1111 W. 33rd St.  Friends are welcome!
No meeting will be held at the History Club in May.

Sioux Falls Thrive’s Deb Koski to Present at April Gathering

Join us on Tuesday, April 4 at 6:30 pm when Deb Koski, Vice Chair of Sioux Falls Thrive, will educate us about their new mission: Every Child, Every Step, from Cradle to Career.

All a kid needs to succeed is a little help, a little hope, and someone who believes in them. Sioux Falls aims to deliver that and a lot more. Business, government, nonprofit and faith sectors are coming together under Sioux Falls Thrive, a cradle to career initiative. With growing economic disparity and social diversity, Thrive is taking a fresh approach to managing the complexity of the educational ecosystem. It’s called collective impact, and its designed to ensure that all children in our community have the resources they need to achieve their highest academic and career potential.


Old Courthouse Museum Tour

Bill Hoskins, Director of the Siouxland Heritage Museums, will give a “behind the scenes” tour of the Old Courthouse Museum, (200 West 6th Street) at 6:00 pm on Tuesday, February 7, 2017. Please come to the 6th Street Entrance. Parking is in the back/north side of the building or on the street.

Christmas Program and Social

Program:  Dr. Margaret Preston, Professor of History, Augustana University, will join us with:  “A Good Woman Gone“, a conversation about Helen McKennan and her gifts to Sioux Falls.

In celebration of the season, we will follow the presentation with a Christmas socialSpouses or significant other are encouraged to join us for the evening. Christmas treats will be served.

If you would like to bring a pair of children’s mittens for the needy children in Sioux Falls, we will collect them and deliver them to a designated service for distribution in time for Christmas.

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