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A Hundred Years of Gypsy Days

Explore the Northern State University tradition of Gypsy Days from its creation in 1916 to the present. All materials are housed in the Beulah Williams Library Special Collections and Archives.

Eureka Pioneer Museum Collection

The Eureka Pioneer Museum Collection contains photographs, postcards, maps, and publications. The collection represents items from the Eureka Pioneer Museum that outline the unique history of Eureka, South Dakota. Eureka was once known as the Wheat Capital of the World and a central location for people with German from Russia heritage. This collection was created with the permission of the Eureka Pioneer Museum; all items found in this collection are owned by the museum. 

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Memoirs of a Gypsy Queen: The Story of Mary Carlson

Gypsy Week starts on September 29th 2014. During this week Northern State University celebrates the Hall of Fame inductees, sports reunions, 1964 class reunion, and the induction of a new Gypsy Queen and Marshal.   To go along with these events, the Northern State University Archives and Special Collections celebrates the crowning our Gypsy Queen from 50 years ago: Mary Carlson, Gypsy Queen of 1964. This online exhibit contains the entirety of Mary’s scrapbook from her year as Queen. To see the full physical exhibit please visit the Beulah Williams Library. 

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The Oahe Irrigation Project

South Dakota’s Oahe irrigation project (technically called the Oahe Unit) had its roots deep in the history of America and the Missouri River. The sequence of events leading to the intense and history-making public debate in the 1970s over the billion dollar (today’s dollars) Oahe irrigation project began with the earliest relationship of American citizens to the Missouri River.  Issues related to the Oahe project and the Missouri River are inexorably linked, as the Oahe project was an integral aspect of plans to control and develop the Missouri River. This timeline delineates and discusses Missouri River and Oahe irrigation project events and provides a background showing how those events are related. It is notable that the political fight over the Oahe irrigation project had national implications, and resolution of that fight led to significant and lasting changes in federal water development strategies.  Please note: This timeline divides the history discussed in this exhibit into four sections. To explore and examine the different time frames within each section, click on the section, below.