Wednesday, June 30, 2010
State Capitol Rotunda
More than a century ago, a time capsule was sealed in the cornerstone of the South Dakota Capitol. On June 30, 2010, the 100th anniversary of the dedication ceremony for the historic building, Gov. Mike Rounds presided over the sealing of a 2010 time capsule in recognition of the centennial.
The 2010 time capsule, made from marble reclaimed during the Capitol's renovation, resides in a locked glass display case immediately adjacent to the building's front doors. Among items placed in the current time capsule is a South Dakota Quarter set from the U.S. Mint; Gov. Rounds' 2010 State of the State Address; photos and personal messages from state and tribal officeholders; a number of current newspapers; video footage of the 2010 Capitol Centennial Celebration; a state flag flown at the Capitol; history books; and a sealed, handwritten letter to whomever is the Governor of South Dakota in 2110.
Photos of the Time Capsule ceremony can be found on the "Photos/Videos" page of this website.
Saturday, June 19, 2010
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
State Capitol and Grounds
Perfect weather and a full day of entertainment, history, and special events made this once-in-lifetime celebration a memorable one for the large crowd of South Dakotans and other visitors who attended to commemorate the 100th anniversary of our State Capitol. The Schedule of Events included something for every member of the family.
A variety of South Dakota organizations joined together to serve a free picnic on the Capitol grounds. A performance by the 147th Army Band of the South Dakota National Guard, which concluded with a flyover from the South Dakota National Guard, provided a dramatic lead-in to the Capitol Rededication Ceremony.
Gov. Mike Rounds was joined by a number of dignitaries and special guests for the Capitol Rededication Ceremony, held on the Capitol steps. In addition to the Governor, featured speakers included Bruce A. Kenyon, Grand Master, South Dakota Independent Order of Odd Fellows; Pierre Mayor Laurie Gill; Pastor Howard Grinager of Pierre's First United Methodist Church; and Warren "Gus" Yellow Hair, representing the Oglala Lakota.
A special feature of the Capitol Centennial Celebration was the Capitol Art Show, which showcased 26 South Dakota artists whose work was inspired by the legendary building itself. The art project was sponsored by the South Dakota Heritage Fund; all of the artwork was auctioned off that evening with proceeds going to benefit the Heritage Fund. For more information on the South Dakota Heritage Fund, please visit their website.
Photos of the Capitol Centennial Celebration can be seen on the "Photos/Videos" page of this website. The Capitol Centennial Committee thanks everyone (volunteers, businesses, organizations) for their hard work in making this memorable event possible as well as the many visitors who took part in the day's events.
The U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate offered their congratulations to the people of South Dakota on the 100th anniversary of their Capitol. View statements by Representative Stephanie Herseth-Sandlin and Senator Tim Johnson as shown in the Congressional Record.
Monday, March 1, 2010
5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Rotunda of the State Capitol
Hundreds of South Dakotans were on hand to kick off the celebration of the State Capitol's 100th birthday. Prior to the evening's commemorative program, there was a musicual performance by the University of South Dakota's Rawlins Piano Trio, and tours of the Capitol. Also on display were the exquisite Silver Service from the U.S.S. South Dakota (on loan from the United States Navy), and an historical exhibit on "the Capitol Fight" from the South Dakota Cultural Heritage Center.
The brief commemorative program featured comments from each of the three levels of government in South Dakota, with Speaker of the South Dakota House of Representatives Tim Rave, Chief Justice David Gilbertson of the South Dakota Supreme Court, and Governor Mike Rounds each providing their own verbal tribute to the historic building, the work that is accomplished there, and what it represents to the people of our state. Additional speakers included Pierre Mayor Laurie Gill and Francis Whitebird of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe; master of ceremonies was Dr. Sidney Goss from the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology. Watch the evening's commemorative program here courtesy of Oahe TV and visit the "Photos/Video" page for pictures of the event.
The program concluded with the unveiling of artwork created in honor of the Capitol Centennial by Pierre native Angela Marie, who was assisted in the unveiling by First Lady Jean Rounds, and the singing of "Happy Birthday" led by Amy Hyde Petersen as a cake in the shape of the Capitol Building was wheeled into the Rotunda.
The Jazz Combo from South Dakota State University provided the entertainment for the remainder of the Reception. Hors d'oeuvres and refreshments were served throughout the evening.
The Capitol Centennial Committee would like to thank the following for their assistance with the reception: Amy Hyde Petersen, South Dakota State Historical Society, United States Navy, South Dakota Public Broadcasting, Alltel, Walmart, Oahe Cable Channel 8, South Dakota Community Foundation, and the T.F. Riggs Student Senate, and also offers their thanks to everyone who attended.