Picturing the Past

South Dakota's Historic Places

Preserving the places that are South Dakota, one building at a time
Picturing the Past


$14.95, PDF EBook
ISBN: 9780982274989


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Awards for Excellence in Historic Preservation, Education Project Award, National Conference of State Historic Preservation Officers, 2007

Award of Merit, American Association for State and Local History, 2007

Award Winner, Photography: Architecture & Design, National Best Books Awards, 2007

"Picturing the Past is a well-written, attractive, and informative book that conveys South Dakota's rich heritage."—Mary W. Edmonds, Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer, South Carolina Department of Archives and History

"Myers' photographs are so elemental and so carefully composed."—James McConaha, State Historic Preservation Officer, New Hampshire Division of Historical Resources

"Picturing the Past is so well done that it could serve as a template for similar photographic studies for other American regional history projects."—The Midwest Book Review

Why should we preserve historic places?

In nearly every South Dakota community, historic houses, government buildings, or commercial blocks stand as icons of our past. Picturing the Past captures the memories and personal history within South Dakota's historic buildings in seventy-eight dramatic black-and-white photographs. Jay D. Vogt and Stephen C. Rogers provide context and relevance to the buildings and places depicted in Scott Myer's vivid images.

The authors suggest that preserving and revitalizing these structures are among the most important acts of recycling carried out by the modern community. These sites are the physical remnants of South Dakota's history—the tangible evidence of the stories and folklore of life on the Great Plains.

More Praise:

"Scott Myers calms the mind and focuses the reader's attention on the austere beauty of South Dakota. The dry climate of the Great Plains creates a special quality of light, and Myers captures its brilliance as it washes over the buildings, articulating them in space. . . . Whether you are an avid reader of Great Plains history, a lover of architecture, or a student of vernacular landscapes and historic preservation, you will find this well-designed book a welcome addition to your library."—Montana the Magazine of Western History

"Great pictures and insightful contextual narrative."—Kansas History

"The superb black-and-white photos of art historian and professional photographer Myers are well displayed in this lovely volume on historic architecture."—Reference & Research Book News