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The 2020 NHD theme is Breaking Barriers in History!

Use this interactive list of optional South Dakota Topics to inspire your National History Day Research!

Each topic page includes helpful resources to help you get started on your historical research pursuits. Items marked with a * are resources located within South Dakota.

For questions regarding NHD in SD, contact South Dakota Agricultural Heritage Museum Educations Coordinator, Sarah Jacobs by calling 605-688-4582 or by emailing

2020 Theme Book  Theme Information

Calamity Jane

Calamity Jane

Joseph Gladden Hutton

Joseph Gladden Hutton

Korczak Ziolkowski

Korczak Ziolkowski

Dora DuFran

Dora DuFran

Picture of Car Pile Up During Black Hills Flood of 1972

The Black Hills Flood of 1972

Native American activists during the Wounded Knee Occupation. A sign above the door in the background reads “Independent Oglala Nation Wounded Knee.”

Wounded Knee Occupation

Black and white print from Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper titled " Scenes and Incidents of the Recent Terrible Blizzard in Dakota". There are 3 scenes on the page. The images are: 1. A Rescue Party at Huron, Bund Together by Ropes Searching For Missing Children. 2. A SchoolMistress Compels a Pupil to Walk All Night to Prevent Freezing. 3. Another Brave Teacher Shelters One of Her Pupils From the Storm. Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper January 28, 1888, page 401

The Children’s Blizzard

Image of Union County Courthouse, Courthouse Square, Elk Point, Union County, SD

Elk Point Tragedy

Postcard showing two men operating a pneumatic drill at the Homestake Mine in Lead, S.D., 1912.

Silicosis Lung Disease in Black Hills Miners

Portrait of Wild Bill Hickok

The Murder of Wild Bill Hickok

Image of Homestake Opera House fire damage.

1984 Homestake Opera House Fire

Image of the opening of the fight at Wounded Knee.

Wounded Knee Massacre

Portrait of W.E. Adams

W.E. Adams

Portrait of Gladys Pyle

Gladys Pyle

General George Crook with beard

The Forgotten General

two native americans with upside down american flag

American Indian Movement (AIM)

a woman in front of her sod home

Women Homesteaders

Mining equipment

Technological Mining Advances

Poster for REA

Rural Electrification Association (REA)

William Jennings Bryan speaking

The Populist Party

Lewis and Clark Expedition painting

Lewis and Clark Expedition

photograph of Harvey Dunn

Harvey Dunn

Photograph of 1868 Fort Laramie meeting

Fort Laramie Treaty (1868)

women holding signs that say votes for women

Women's Suffrage in South Dakota

Photograph of Crazy Horse

Crazy Horse

Photograph of Peter Norbeck

Peter Norbeck

Photograph of Gertrude Simmons Bonnin

Gertrude Simmons Bonnin

Photograph of Benjamin Reifel

Benjamin Reifel


This project was a collaboration between The South Dakota Agricultural Heritage Museum and National History Day in South Dakota. The museum would also like to add an additional thank you to South Dakota State University History majors Paige Barthel, Clara Burns, and Lauren Pierce. They served as National History Day in South Dakota student interns, researching and compiling resources for this project.

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