Historical Society Honors History Professor

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VERMILLION, S.D. -- The South Dakota State Historical Society Board of Trustees has honored Steven Bucklin, Ph.D., professor in the University of South Dakota Department of History for multiple contributions.

He received a certificate of recognition “for demonstrating outstanding dedication and commitment to excellence in the collection, preservation and interpretation of South Dakota history.”

Among his contributions during 21 years at USD: Bucklin wrote what has become the standard history of the modern South Dakota National Guard, “From Cold War to Gulf War: The South Dakota National Guard, 1945 to the Millennium”; edited or authored four articles published in “South Dakota History” (with a fifth authored article coming out next winter); written “Going Places,” the history the South Dakota Department of Transportation; supervised and conducted 30 oral histories of South Dakota Vietnam veterans, elected and appointed public officials, and everyday citizens; and secured the donation of the Frank Day Oral history collection to USD Special Collections/Oral History Center.


USD's College of Arts & Sciences offers students a top-notch undergraduate liberal arts education in the humanities, social sciences and sciences as well as graduate programs that have earned USD distinction as a research university by the Carnegie Foundation. The college's more than 22,000 alumni include famous journalists, Hollywood screenwriters, novelists, a Nobel Prize winner, South Dakota governors, attorneys, physicians, justices of the state Supreme Court, distinguished university faculty and international humanitarians.


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 205 undergraduate and 73 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 17:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 17 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.


Michael Ewald
USD News