An exhibition honoring the late Bill Janklow, former governor of South Dakota, is on display at I.D. Weeks Library on the campus of the University of South Dakota.
The exhibition, unveiled Feb. 15, is located on the second and third floors of I.D. Weeks and contains documents, letters, photographs, newspapers, audio recordings and videos outlining Janklow’s political career.
USD Dean of Libraries Dan Daily said a mixture of political and personal artifacts would offer a roundabout view of both the political and personal side of the former governor and U.S. congressman.
“This exhibit is here to mark the one-year anniversary of Janklow’s passing,” Daily said. “Also, to give some sense of Janklow as a person and to provide faculty and students research for any papers of case studies they may conduct.”
USD political science professor Marshall Damgaard worked underneath Janklow for 32 years as an assistant and said the exhibit is a piece of a much larger scheme.
“The items displayed in the library are just a component of the Janklow Legacy Project,” Damgaard said. “A project that includes organizing the late governor’s offical papers and compiling them on a website for the use of reserach.”
Damgaard stressed the importance of recognizing USD heritage through the Jankow Legacy Project.
“It is important to recognize that (USD) has a wide reputation of producing leaders,” Damgaard said. “It’s just what we do.”
Because of Damgaard’s relationship with the late governor, he took it upon himself to work as the consultant for the Janklow Archive Project.
A year before his passing, Janklow had his papers and documents sent to USD to be archived.
These papers were used as the basis for the ongoing Legcacy Project.
“The papers are here and the memorabilia is here,” Daily said.
Marshall said members of the Janklow family will travel to Vermillion pending the incoming winter storm Thursday, to speak with students in his South Dakota State Politics lecture and view the exhibit.
“Remembering Governor Janklow” will be on display until April 16.