Black Hills Knowledge Netowork

Digital Research Tools

The Black Hills Knowledge Network offers a variety of digital research tools and resources to access historical items from the Black Hills Region.

Digital History Archives – Biblioboard

The Black Hills Knowledge Network partners with 13 local libraries and communities to aggregate historical documents and photos. They are hosted on a site called BiblioBoard which is a system used worldwide to store local library resources. (To view our How-To video for our archives, click here.) On this site, we house historical photos, documents, and books about the region's history, including items on the 1972 Rapid City flood, Native Americans, pioneers, the construction of Mount Rushmore, and more.

Digital News Archives –Diigo

Diigo hosts the Black Hills Knowledge Network’s collection of local online news. Content on Diigo can be explored by tag, subject, or content matter. Watch the how-to video below to begin exploring Black Hills news through Diigo.

Explore Content By Tag

Are you looking for local news or history on a given topic? Browse through previous Black Hills Knowledge Networks by tag to begin your quest for local news and history.

President Calvin Coolidge Exhibit

When President Calvin Coolidge decided to spend the summer of 1927 in the Black Hills of South Dakota, he altered the course of the region's history. He brought national and international attention to a forgotten corner of the American landscape. His decisions that summer also shaped the history of the nation. During their time in the Black Hills, Calvin and Grace Coolidge enjoyed themselves. They fished, hiked, rode horses, watched rodeos and visited the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. This virtual exhibit, created by the Black Hills Knowledge Network and the Rapid City Public Library, memorializes and interprets the Coolidge summer in the Black Hills. 

This Week in History

Learn more about local history by delving into our This Week in History posts! Each post includes an interesting historical tidbit from the week in history in which it was posted. Do you have an interesting historical story from the region, accompanied with a news article or photo? Contact us with the details today!

External History Resources

Can’t find exactly what you’re looking for at the resources above? We have compiled an extensive list of external resources where you can find even more local historical documents. Collections range from the Digital Library of South Dakota to the Library of Congress and more. 

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