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Marker Book
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Twelve Thousand Years of Human History
8.5” x 11”
Pages: Over 550
Hardcover, Laminated
Photographs, Drawings, Maps, Diagrams: Over 780
Index: 15 Pages, Over 2000 Entries
Historical Markers: 258
12 Years in the Making
Shipping anywhere in the US, only $10 for up to three copies! Holiday and New Year Special, Only $32.99 per book through February.
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Got a History buff among your family or friends? Here is the perfect gift!

Twelve Thousand Years of Human History: As Recorded on Historical Markers in Minnehaha County, SD

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 Bruce Blake of Sioux Falls  compiled and edited this book, which covers some 258 county markers.  Blake, a retired lawyer and historian, is responsible for a good share of the markers himself.  For over 20 years he has been “the marker man,” researching, getting funding, overseeing the text (often of his own authorship), arranging for casting, and supervising the erection of more than 150 markers.  His efforts have won him many awards, including membership in the South Dakota Hall of Fame.

 About 12 years ago, Blake conceived of the book which would account for all the markers in the county, both official and unofficial, along with further elaboration on the text, the stories behind the markers, and maps, photographs, drawings, and other images related to the markers.  The result is an epic tome of more  than 550 pages, capturing all aspects of the county, from the geologic record through the prehistoric, territorial periods and statehood, to the present era.
 What makes the book unique is the way Blake has expanded coverage to include connections of the county history to state and national interests, demonstrating the relatedness of all historic events, the way they reverberate, are affected by and in turn affect a much broader area.

 One example of the expanded view is how the Wounded Knee tragedy connected to the county history.  Tasunke-Ota (Plenty Horses), tried for murder in the aftermath of the landmark event, and Zintkala Nuni (the Lost Bird), a survivor of of the slaughter, both have ties to Sioux Falls.

 Broad coverage includes towns that no longer exist officially, church histories, and both celebrated and notorious personalities.
A 15-page Index with more than 2000 entries allows easy access to the names and places covered.  Included  are more than 780 photographs and illustrations, backgrounds on 50 key contributors, and 35 maps.
Jjust $32.99 plus tax for each book, with shipping only $10 more for up to three books. Your book will be from the historic first printing of the book, which is limited to just 1000 copies.

 All profits from the sale of Twelve Thousand Years of Human History go to the Marker Fund of the Minnehaha County Historical Society.
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