Minnehaha County history book released at prepublication events
January 24. 2014 9:13AM
Sites across Minnehaha County have been targeted for prepublication events featuring a big history book about the county.
So far, dates and locations in Sioux Falls, Colton, Renner, Garretson and Brandon have been announced, with sites in other towns to be released later.
Publication of Twelve Thousand Years of Human History: As Recorded on Historical Markers in Minnehaha County, SD will come in April, but interested readers may examine prepublication mockups of the book and place reservations for copies at special reduced prices.
Prepublication events scheduled so far are: Taopi Hall, Colton, Jan. 25, 9 a.m.- 12 noon; Renner Fire Hall, Jan. 25, 1-4 p.m.; Garretson Branch Library, Feb. 1, 10:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m.; Brandon Branch Library, Feb. 1, 2-4:30 p.m.; Main Library, Sioux Falls, Feb. 8, 1-4 p.m.
Bruce Blake of Sioux Falls compiled and edited the book, which covers some 258 county markers. Blake, a retired lawyer and historian, is responsible for a good share of the markers himself. For over 20 years he has been “the marker man,” researching, getting funding, overseeing the text (often of his own authorship), arranging for casting, and supervising the erection of more than 150 markers. His efforts have won him many awards, including membership in the South Dakota Hall of Fame.
About 12 years ago, Blake conceived of the book which would account for all the markers in the county, both official and unofficial, along with further elaboration on the text, the stories behind the markers, and maps, photographs, drawings, and other images related to the markers. The result is an epic tome of more than 550 pages, capturing all aspects of the county, from the geologic record through the prehistoric, territorial periods and statehood, to the present era.
Broad coverage includes towns, even those that no longer exist officially, church histories, and both celebrated and notorious personalities. A 15-page Index with more than 2000 entries allows access to the names and places covered. Included are more than 780 photographs and illustrations, backgrounds on 50 key contributors, and 35 maps.
The prepublication price is $40 plus tax. Purchase of the book before its release date assures getting a first edition, first printing of the book, which is limited to 1,000 copies.
All profits from the sale of Twelve Thousand Years of Human History go to the Marker Fund of the Minnehaha County Historical Society.
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