New exhibit celebrates flight in South Dakota

New exhibit celebrates flight in South Dakota

A new exhibit at South Dakota's Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre celebrates the first 100 years of flight in the state. (Image courtesy of State Historical Society)

South Dakota’s First Century of Flight is an exhibition of images, artifacts, aircrafts and stories surrounding South Dakota’s aviation history, which began in Rapid City in March 1911.

This exhibition will be on display through Sunday, September 11, 2011.

This exhibition is courtesy of Norma and Luverne Kraemer, South Dakota aviators and aviation historians. Norma Kraemer is the author of “South Dakota’s First Century of Flight.” This title is available for sale at the Heritage Stores located at both the South Dakota Cultural Heritage Center and the State Capitol.

Come see this informative and fun exhibit on your next visit to Pierre!

— From a State Historical Society news release

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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.


  1. Michele Scarberry
    Michele Scarberry 2 September, 2011, 20:11

    I saw the September 5, 2010 State Flight History article and I too have a 1908 Stroebel Airship State Fair/Huron SD postcard. I have attached a copy of it and the back of the card with a letter from my Great Grandmother’s best friend, Louise to my Great Grandmother Myrtle Dorothy in Pierre SD. I thought is interesting in that I could not find much information about that flight. If you have any questions, please return e-mail. Thank you, Michele Scarberry.

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