BHSU Hosts Mark Lee Gardner for Madeline A. Young Distinguished Speaker Series

Black Hills State University will host Mark Lee Gardner for the Madeline A. Young Distinguished Speaker Series Wednesday, Sept. 20, at 4 p.m. in the Joy Center. Gardner, an award-winning author and historian of the American West, will be speaking on his latest book, "The Earth Is All That Lasts: Crazy Horse, Sitting Bull, and the Last Stand of the Great Sioux Nation."  
Co-sponsored by the Leland D. Case Library for Western Historical Studies, the event is free and open to the public. Following the program, refreshments will be offered and Gardner will be available for a book signing.  
Gardner's book, "The Earth Is All That Lasts," was chosen by True West magazine as the best nonfiction book of 2022 and was the winner of the 2023 Colorado Book Award for best history/biography. In it, he explores the lives of Crazy Horse and Sitting Bull, two of the most iconic figures in American history, and their struggle to maintain the freedom of their people against impossible odds. In writing this dual biography, Gardner found an abundance of primary source materials, not all of which was incorporated into the biography. In his talk he will explore some little-known aspects of Crazy Horse and Sitting Bull, discussing some of the fascinating vignettes, great quotes, and rare photos that did not make the book.   
A native of Missouri, Gardner has written several critically acclaimed and award-winning books on the American West, from material culture studies to bestselling nonfiction titles. He is a renowned authority on the American West and frequently appears as an expert on various media platforms.  
For more information on the event, please contact Lori Terrill at or 605-642-6361.