Black Hills State University honored the descendants of Peter and Kirsten Matthesen as the 2009 Legacy Family.
Over 50 descendents were honored at half-time of a BHSU men’s basketball game this fall. Of those descendents, 21 were on hand to accept the award.
The award was presented by BHSU President Kay Schallenkamp, assisted by Steve Meeker, BHSU vice president of University Advancement, and Tom Wheaton, BHSU director of Alumni Relations.
Peter Matthesen first came to the Black Hills in 1884. His family would eventually settle in the area and begin a multi-generational tradition of enrolling at BHSU. Many descendants have earned degrees from BHSU and continue to support the University in many ways.
Through the years, the family has maintained a strong belief in the importance of higher education. The family supported the local University and felt any money spent on education was “money well spent.” After several members of the family enrolled at the Spearfish campus, a long relationship with BHSU was begun. As the university changed from a teaching school and began to offer additional area of study more members of the family have also chosen to attend BHSU.
The Legacy Family Award was created to honor families who have attended, graduated, or are currently attending BHSU. For more information about the award or to nominate a deserving family, contact Tom Wheaton at TomWheaton@BHSU.edu or 642-6385.