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Descendants of Peter and Kirsten Matthesen were honored Saturday, Dec. 6 as the 2008 Black Hills State University Legacy Family.  The award was presented during half-time of the Black Hills State University men’s basketball game.
 Standing left to right: Heidi (Bell) Gease, Betty (Pederson) Bell, Kerry Bell, Deb (Shevling) Moncur, Rachel (Beyersdorf) Fox, Ryan Fox, Robert Shevling, JoAnn Pedersen, Kyle Radtke, Lawrence Radtke, Nadine Radtke, and Gregg Radtke.
 Seated left to right are: Joy (Patton) Fox, James Fox, Darlene (Cummings) Matthesen, and Cathy (Sander) Matthesen.
Accepting the 2008 Black Hills State University Legacy Family Award on behalf of the Matthesen family were Jacob Matthesen and Michael Matthesen the great, great grandsons of Peter Matthesen.  Pictured are BHSU President Kay Schallenkamp; Jacob Matthesen, shaking the president’s hand; and Michael Matthesen.  Back row left to right are Darlene (Cummings) Matthesen, and Cathy (Sander) Matthesen, mother of Jacob and Michael.
Black Hills State University honored the descendants of Peter and Kirsten Matthesen as the 2008 Legacy Family.  

The family gathered at the University on Dec. 6.  Over 50 descendents were honored at half-time of the BHSU men’s basketball game.  Of those descendents, 21 were on hand for Saturday’s 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. 

Accepting the award on behalf of the Matthesen family was Jacob and Michael Matthesen, the great, great grandsons of Peter Matthesen.  Also present at the award ceremony were: Darlene (Cummings) Matthesen, JoAnn Pedersen, Lawrence Radtke, Cathy (Sander) Matthesen, Greg Radtke, Nadine Radtke, Kyle Radtke, Betty (Pedersen) Bell, Kerry Bell, Heidi (Bell) Gease, Wendy Mendoza, Larry Mendoza, Samuel Mendoza, Shannon Mendoza, Robert J. Shevling, Shelli (Stohr) Shevling, Ryan Fox, Rachel (Beyersdorf) Fox, James Fox, Joy (Patton) Fox Deb (Shevling) Moncur, Robert Shevling and Lorna Shevling.
Peter Matthesen first came to the Black Hills are 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 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.”   As 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.

This award was created to honor families who have attended, graduated, or are currently attending BHSU.  For more information about the Legacy Family Award or to nominate a deserving family, contact Tom Wheaton at TomWheaton@BHSU.edu or 642-6385.