Turtle Soup - USS South Dakota
November 8, 2019 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Feed your mind and your belly with Turtle Soup, featuring a presentation on historic Black Hills figures or events and a bowl of soup provided by Angel’s Catering.
This week, JIm Holland presents, "The USS South Dakota."
The USS South Dakota, or Battleship X, is the most decorated of the United States warships from World War II. Experience the legacy it left and the inspiration it provided for the newly launched submarine with the same name.
Get ready to learn about USS South Dakota, aka Battleship X, the most decorated of the United States warships from World War II. Experience the legacy it left and the inspiration it provided for the newly launched submarine with the same name.
At this program, you’ll get a history of the more than 40 U.S. Navy vessels named with a connection to South Dakota, its places or its people. The South Dakota Navy includes battleships, cruisers, submarines and destroyers, frigates and yard tugs, minelayers, landing ships, and even a converted yacht!
“Forty years of research, including weeks of tedious, dogged investigation separated by years of inactivity have brought me to this point,” says Holland.
Holland is a longtime reporter/photographer for the “Rapid City Journal” and other news organizations in South Dakota and Nebraska. Born in Deadwood and raised in Sturgis, he attended the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. After realizing his true passion wasn’t in engineering, he began working for newspapers in Sturgis, then in Rapid City. He covered auto races at Black Hills Speedway before covering all sports part-time, eventually joining the “Rapid City Journal” staff full-time in 1986.
In 1992, Holland moved to Nebraska, working for the Associated Press as a photo stringer, as a reporter for the “Chadron Record” and as a regional reporter for the “Scottsbluff Star-Herald.” He returned to Rapid City in 2000.
Holland now lives in Sturgis in the home he grew up in with his wife Deb, a reporter for the “Black Hills Pioneer.” They have two grown sons, and a grandson, soon to be joined by a second grandchild.
Admission is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, half-off for members. Call 605-394-6923 to reserve tickets.
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Theater map below. Seats marked ADA indicate wheelchair accessibility. Blue seats indicate space for foldout chairs, but those with ADA requirements take first priority.