Awards

Anne King receives the Friends of the Center Award in 2011.

CWS Executive Director Harry Thompson and Board Chair Martin Oyos present Anne King with the Friends of the Center Award in 2011.

The Center for Western Studies presents the following awards.

The Friends of the Center Award

The Friends of the Center Award is given each year by the Board and staff of the Center to individuals who have provided outstanding service over a period of many years. The award was first presented in 1982.

  • 2011 — Anne King
  • 2007 — Ada May Yeager Family
  • 2007 — Dr. Arlen Viste
  • 2006 — Gerry Berger Law & Robert Law
  • 2005 — Esther & Herb Bowden
  • 2004 — Bob & Rita Elmen, Jim & Eloise Elmen
  • 2003 — Les & Mary Baylor
  • 2003 — Howard & Eunice Hovland
  • 2003 — Drs. V.R. & Joyce Nelson
  • 1999 — Dr. Leland Lillehaug
  • 1998 — Dr. & Mrs. Harry Farrell
  • 1997 — Gordon Aasgard
  • 1997 — Larry Ness
  • 1995 — Dr. Gary & Rosaaen Olson
  • 1995 — Elliot & Bertie Thoreson
  • 1994 — Cornell & June Norby
  • 1995 — Margaret Reese
  • 1994 — Robert & Lillian Evenson
  • 1993 — Roy & Dorothy Mayeske
  • 1992 — Roscoe & Lucile Dean
  • 1991 — Dr. Charles & Elizabeth Balcer
  • 1991 — Paul & Joyce Olson
  • 1990 — Charles & Kay Steuerwald
  • 1989 — Dr. Jerry & Gail Simmons
  • 1985 — Edward & Edith Delman
  • 1985 — Dr. Lyndon & Shirley King
  • 1984 — Sally Fantle
  • 1984 — Reuben & Jimmy Goertz
  • 1982 — Dr. Paul & Helen Aspaas

The Western America Award for Achievement

The Western America Award is given "for achievement" in any and all fields of endeavor that relate to the preservation and interpretation of the history and cultures of South Dakota, the Northern Plains, and the American West. The award itself is a medallion of bronze, designed by the late Ogden Dalrymple, himself a prize-winning medalist and sculptor. The award was first presented in 1976.

  • 2010 — JoAnne Bird
  • 2005 — Joel Strasser
  • 2003 — John Day
  • 2000 — Anson Yeager Sr.
  • 1999 — Ronald Robinson
  • 1997 — Bernie Hunhoff
  • 1996 — Ruth Ziolkowski
  • 1993 — Dr. Thomas Kilian
  • 1992 — Roger Preuss
  • 1992 — Frederick Manfred
  • 1991 — Harold Torness
  • 1990 — Linda Hasselstrom
  • 1990 — Sven Froiland
  • 1988 — Arthur R. Huseboe
  • 1984 — John Milton
  • 1984 — Dr. Herbert Hoover
  • 1984 — Frederick Manfred
  • 1977 — Robert Karolevitz
  • 1976 — Dr. Herbert Schell