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History 605 explores the history of South Dakota, the northern Great Plains, and the Midwest. South Dakota’s State Historian Ben Jones will visit with guests about their books, museum exhibits and artifacts, and historic sites in the state and region. Along the way, you’ll learn how to think, not what to think, about history and the people of the past.The host is Dr. Ben Jones, State Historian and Director of the South Dakota State Historical Society. Ben grew up in Sioux Falls and De Smet, served in various locations around the world while in the USAF. He returned to South Dakota to become Dean of Arts and Sciences at Dakota State University, then served as South Dakota’s 15th Secretary of Education. Along the way, he earned his PhD in history and enjoys sharing history’s insights with all of you.Subscribe on Apple, Spotify or wherever you get your podcasts.

History 605 Ben Jones

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    • 4.6 • 28 Ratings

History 605 explores the history of South Dakota, the northern Great Plains, and the Midwest. South Dakota’s State Historian Ben Jones will visit with guests about their books, museum exhibits and artifacts, and historic sites in the state and region. Along the way, you’ll learn how to think, not what to think, about history and the people of the past.The host is Dr. Ben Jones, State Historian and Director of the South Dakota State Historical Society. Ben grew up in Sioux Falls and De Smet, served in various locations around the world while in the USAF. He returned to South Dakota to become Dean of Arts and Sciences at Dakota State University, then served as South Dakota’s 15th Secretary of Education. Along the way, he earned his PhD in history and enjoys sharing history’s insights with all of you.Subscribe on Apple, Spotify or wherever you get your podcasts.

    History 605 From the Archives: "Oceans of Grain" with guest Scott Nelson

    History 605 From the Archives: "Oceans of Grain" with guest Scott Nelson

    Ben Jones discusses how the United States' grain production, telegraph system, and shipping dominance remade the world markets in the late 19th century with Scott Nelson.

    • 48 min
    History 605 from the archives: The Destruction of the Bison with Andrew Isenberg

    History 605 from the archives: The Destruction of the Bison with Andrew Isenberg

    Ben Jones discusses the destruction of the american bison with Andrew Isenberg

    • 33 min
    History 605 from the archives: Electing George S. Mickelson

    History 605 from the archives: Electing George S. Mickelson

    In this best of episode of History 605, Ben Jones talks with Paul Wilson, one of George Mickelson's campaign staff during his run for Governor in 1986.

    • 34 min
    History 605, S3, Ep 20: The making of South Dakota's Constitution

    History 605, S3, Ep 20: The making of South Dakota's Constitution

    USD Knudson School of Law Professor Patrick Garry joins Ben Joins to discuss the history of South Dakota's state constitution.

    • 47 min
    History 605, S3 Ep 19: Empires, Nations, and Families & Born of Lakes and Plains - A Conversation with Anne Hyde

    History 605, S3 Ep 19: Empires, Nations, and Families & Born of Lakes and Plains - A Conversation with Anne Hyde

    On this edition of History 605, Ben Jones has a conversation with Anne Hyde who has written two prize-winning histories of how mixed-race families lived, worked, and changed in the turbulent 18th and the 19th century Great Plains.

    • 44 min
    History 605 S3: Ep 18: "The Klu Klux Klan in the Heartland."

    History 605 S3: Ep 18: "The Klu Klux Klan in the Heartland."

    In this episode, we speak to historian James H. Madison and discuss the question, how did the KKK become a popular Midwest organization in the 1920s?

    • 47 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
28 Ratings

28 Ratings

Dburgehist ,

Enjoyable and informative podcast

I have been listening to this podcast and have been enjoying each episode. Ben does a great job of asking questions and letting his guests talk. I’m not from South Dakota but I’ve learned a lot. State history podcasting at its finest. Highly recommend.

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