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USD to celebrate South Dakota's 125th statehood anniversary with birthday cake

VERMILLION, S.D. -- The University of South Dakota Department of History will celebrate the 125th anniversary of South Dakota’s statehood tomorrow by serving birthday cake for all at the Muenster University Center.

The celebration will begin at 11:30 a.m. with Kurt Hackemer, Ph.D., chair of the USD Department of History, and Theodore (Ted) Muenster, former USD Foundation President, cutting the cake at 12:30 p.m. In addition to music, the event will feature exhibit materials detailing South Dakota’s statehood that was signed into order by U.S. President Benjamin Harrison on Nov. 2 1889, and a call for continued reconciliation in the state among descendants of settler society and the Lakota, Nakota and Dakota Nations on whose land the state was built.

For more information about the USD Department of History, please visit the website: or contact or call (605) 677-5218.


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 202 undergraduate and 78 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 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.

This material is available in an alternate format upon request. Please contact University Relations at 605-677-5759. If you are a person with a disability and need a special accommodation to fully participate in any university activity or event, please contact Disability Services at 605-677-6389 as soon as possible, but no later than 48 hours before the event, so that appropriate arrangements may be made.


Hanna DeLange
USD News