New De Smet history to publish soon

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

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A new pictorial history of De Smet will be available for purchase at businesses around town in a few weeks. Arcadia Publishing’s first printing of “Images of America: De Smet” is a 128-page compendium of vintage and modern images chronicling the growth and change of the town.


It was really a fun project,” author Cheryl Palmlund said. “It was a little more work than we thought it would be and Arcadia really kept us on schedule.


Palmlund said she and co-author Sharon Peterson worked for about a year under the auspices of the Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial Society in De Smet to collect images for the volume and dig up material for captions to explain them.


“We asked for a lot of help from the community,” she said. “We had to track down a lot of information.”


Palmlund said she got the idea for the project when one of her old classmates, Dennis Goreham (son of Dale and Eileen Goreham of De Smet), was in town visiting from his home in Salt Lake City, Utah. Apparently, Dennis is an afficionado of old postcards and had several from early De Smet in his collection.


Goreham put a bug in Palmlund’s ear about Arcadia’s “Images of America” books and suggested she should look into putting a book together as part of that series. Starting with Goreham’s collection and then adding several private photographs from area residents, she and Peterson did just that.


David Tritle


The De Smet News

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