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Cultural Heritage Center January 20 Program on Rural America in the 1950s

PIERRE, SD — Attendees of the upcoming book conference at the Pierre Cultural Heritage Center will get a taste of what it was like growing up in rural America in the 1950s.

The Pfeiffer sisters, who grew up on a farm in North Dakota in the 1950s, will share insights from their recent book “While the Windmill Watched: A Slice of Rural American in the 1950s.”

The free program will begin at 7 p.m. CST (6 p.m. MST) on Thursday, January 20. Guest speakers Jackie Pfeiffer McGregor and Janine Pfeiffer Knop will speak via Zoom on the big screen in the Jay D. Vogt Education Room at the Cultural Heritage Center. People can attend the program in person or join via Zoom on their own devices. Attendance at the Cultural Heritage Center will be limited to 25 people. People must register at to attend virtually or at the Cultural Heritage Centre.

Jackie and her husband, Bob, now live near Colville, Washington. Janine and her husband, Fred, farm near Atlantic, Iowa. Growing up, the girls were watched over by their parents and the windmill which tirelessly supplied them with the water essential to their survival. Their stories are told in four voices in the book: Jackie, Janine, the two together and the windmill.

The program is part of the History and Heritage Book Club, sponsored by the South Dakota Historical Society Foundation, the South Dakota State Historical Society’s nonprofit funding partner at the Cultural Heritage Center, and the South Dakota Historical Society Press.

For more information, call 605-773-4371. For information about joining the State Historical Society, call 605-773-6000.


About the South Dakota State Historical Society
The South Dakota State Historical Society is a division of the Department of Education. The State Historical Society, affiliated with the Smithsonian Institution since 2013, is headquartered at the South Dakota Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre. The center houses the society’s world-class museum, archives, and offices for historic preservation, publishing, and administration/development. Call 605-773-3458 or visit for more information. The society also has an archeology office in Rapid City; call 605-394-1936 for more information.

About the South Dakota Historical Society Foundation
The South Dakota Historical Society Foundation is a private, nonprofit charitable organization that seeks funds to assist the South Dakota State Historical Society with programming and projects aimed at preserving South Dakota’s history and heritage for future generations. .

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