|Roberta Sago, special collections librarian and archivist at the Leland D. Case Library for Western Historical Studies at Black Hills State University, with a copy of her recently published book, Spearfish. The book documents the Spearfish area's historical past with over 200 vintage photographs. Sago co-authored the book with BHSU alumna, Jan Cerney.
Roberta Sago, special collections librarian and archivist at the Leland D. Case Library for Western Historical Studies at Black Hills State University; and Jan Cerney, BHSU alumna, have collaborated on writing, Spearfish, a book that documents the Spearfish area's historical past.
Over 200 vintage photographs tell the story of how the Spearfish area developed and has flourished over the years. Highlights of the book include: photos of area mining communities; an entire chapter on the development of Black Hills State University; the Thoen Stone and Frank Thomson’s research; and the Black Hills Passion Play.
According to Sago, most of her research for the book came from the Leland D. Case Library for Western Historical Studies and University Archives. "As researchers, we are fortunate to have this rich collection available. I also consulted with Charles Haas from the Black Hills Passion Play and Paul Higbee, an experienced Spearfish author. I tried to make this book interesting by including images that are not often used, to bring a fresh historical view of the area,” commented Sago.
Sago and Cerney are scheduled to hold a book signing at the BHSU bookstore April 18 from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. and will also be at The Book Trader, located on Main street in downtown Spearfish, April 21 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. The authors will be featured in a live segment on South Dakota Public Radio May 4 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Their book, Spearfish, will be available at area bookstores, independent retailers, on-line bookstores or through Arcadia Publishing at www.arcadiapublishing.com.
Sago joined BHSU in 2003 as a special collections librarian and assistant professor in the College of Education. She received her bachelor's in theater from the University of Montana and her master's in library and information science from The Catholic University of America.
Cerney has written five other publications with Arcadia Publishing. After graduation from BHSU, Cerney taught for more than 20 years. She retired from the public school system but occasionally teaches classes for Oglala Lakota College. She lives with her husband Bob on a ranch near the Badlands National Park.