Sixty Black Hills State University students enrolled in Human Relations and South Dakota Indian Studies courses will have their area Spearfish area history projects on display at the High Plains Western Heritage Center Saturday, April 14 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.
Projects, created by future teachers, on display include railroads, the Vore Buffalo Jump, winter counts, Native American music, Native American games, uses of plants by Native Americans, quilts, star quilts, spinning and looms, Black Hills and the pine beetle, ghost towns, mining, and archeology. According to Dr. Mary Jones, assistant professor of American Indian studies, “the assignment is designed to provide our pre-service teachers an opportunity to use a local resource to research and create a hands-on cultural experience for visitors to the Western Heritage Center. The projects will also include lesson plan ideas based on state standards for use in classrooms.”
“This is a wonderful opportunity for BHSU students to share their knowledge and enthusiasm for education with the public, and it is a great opportunity for the public to meet our future teachers,” notes Jones.
The event is sponsored by BHSU, the City of Spearfish, and the High Plains Western Heritage Center. Admission is $5. For more information contact Jones at 605.642.6833 or email Mary.Jones@BHSU.edu.