The Historical Society’s advocacy efforts seek to preserve and revitalize historic places throughout Minnehaha County. We work with property owners, residents, developers, public officials, neighborhood associations, heritage organizations, cultural institutions, and other stakeholders.


Advocacy rarely takes a "one-size-fits-all" approach. We use a range of tools and strategies, and we often spend years seeing an issue through to resolution.


Our work includes:

  • Responding to specific threats to historic places throughout Minnehaha County

  • Fostering stronger policies and incentives for historic preservation

  • Helping residents protect the unique character of their neighborhoods through historic districts

  • Training neighborhood leaders, government officials, private developers, real estate professionals, and others on the front lines of preservation

  • Maintaining directories of preservation practitioners to help people preserve their properties

  • Engaging in the environmental review process for projects involving the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) -- commenting on environmental impact reports, testifying at public hearings, identifying feasible preservation alternatives to demolition, and mobilizing public participation

  • Monitoring a portfolio of thirty conservation easements to ensure the proper maintenance of historic properties

  • Supporting other initiatives such as History Matters that seek to revitalize historic places

  • Providing resources and technical assistance to residents, owners, and developers of historic properties

Our advocacy efforts respond to specific threats, foster stronger preservation policies and incentives, and empower people to take action.

200 West Sith Street  Sioux Falls SD 57104             (605) 951-9200   

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