Capitol centennial reception planned

South Dakota's Capitol building. (Photo by Seth Tupper)

I’m probably biased, but I think South Dakota has one of the most beautiful Capitol buildings in the nation. When you consider its location near the Missouri River in Pierre, the pond and memorials on its grounds, and its striking design both inside and out, I think it holds up well with a lot of the other state Capitol buildings.

This year is the centennial of the Capitol’s construction, and some celebratory events have been planned. The following schedule for a March 1 public reception was released recently by the state’s Bureau of Administration.

PIERRE, S.D. – The first of two events commemorating the 100th anniversary of the South Dakota Capitol will feature live music, an art unveiling and remarks by officials from all three branches of state government.

The evening reception, which is open to the public, will be held March 1 in the Capitol Rotunda.

Gov. Mike Rounds, Speaker of the South Dakota House of Representatives Tim Rave, and Chief Justice David Gilbertson of the South Dakota Supreme Court will address the event.

The March 1 program also includes unveiling of artwork created in honor of the Capitol Centennial by Pierre native Angela Marie. Music will be provided before the formal program by the Rawlins Piano Trio from the University of South Dakota, with a jazz combo from South Dakota State University closing the program.

Additional speakers include Pierre Mayor Laurie Gill and Francis Whitebird of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe; master of ceremonies will be Dr. Sidney Goss from the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology.

The March 1 reception is scheduled from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. CST. The program will begin at 6 p.m. and conclude at 6:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served throughout the evening.

The Rotunda event will kick off the Capitol Centennial.

A day-long Capitol Centennial Celebration is scheduled for Saturday, June 19, 2010. That event will include historical presentations and tours, re-enactment of the State Capitol Dedication, an art show with Capitol-themed artwork, a free family picnic, live entertainment, an antique car show, kids’ activities, and an historic tour motorcycle run.

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Seth Tupper

Seth Tupper was born and raised in South Dakota and earned a bachelor's degree in journalism from South Dakota State University in 2001. After college, he worked at a newspaper in Minnesota and then returned to South Dakota in 2003 to join the staff of The Daily Republic in Mitchell, where he is currently the publisher. Seth has won numerous awards for his writing, including the 2007 Outstanding Young Journalist award in the daily newspapers category of the South Dakota Newspaper Association's Better Newspapers Contest. Seth's day-job and freelance work have granted him opportunities to meet hundreds of South Dakotans and travel across much of the state. He also spends a lot of his free time exploring South Dakota's state and national parks, hiking trails and kayak-friendly rivers.

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