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McLaird, retired DWU professor receives state award

James D. McLaird, of Mitchell, was presented the Robinson Award, one of the Governor's Awards for History, by the South Dakota State Historical Society on Saturday during the society's annual history conference in Pierre.

The Robinson Award is the highest and most prestigious of the annual Governor's Awards, and recognizes a lifetime of historical achievements.

McLaird, a professor emeritus of history at Dakota Wesleyan University, has been a longtime contributor to the State Historical Society. His writings cover a wide variety of topics in the state's history.

His major works are "Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane: Deadwood Legends" and "Calamity Jane: The Woman and the Legend."

Officials who presented McLaird's award were Brad Tennant, president of the society's board of trustees; Jay D. Vogt, society director and Mitchell native; and James D. Hagen, secretary of the Department of Tourism, of which the society is a division.

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