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A group of people worked with Louis Lillibridge on a county-wide project to raise money for the Cowboy Hall of Fame being built in Oklahoma City. The same group approached Louis with an idea for a Gregory County Historical Society. Louis enthusiastically responded: “I have just been waiting for someone to come along with the idea of starting a Gregory County Society.”

A temporary set of by-laws were drawn up immediately. Then, in 1972, the group affixed their signatures to Articles of Incorporation and the Gregory County Historical Society was officially born. However, the distance across the County was great and often created different visions for the organization. One part of the County had an older history, and there were strong rivalries between schools, so the Society was set up in different chapters governed by the umbrella County organization.

In 1977, the Catholic diocese, through the efforts of Bob Malone, allowed the organization to purchase the St. Augustine Catholic Church in Dallas for $1,000 to be used as Gregory County Historical Culture Center. It was put on National Historic Registry, and over the years the Society has filled it with different historical artifacts from all over Gregory County.

Now the Society regularly meets as one group in the center of the County. Although geography still plays a role in the dreams for the organization, shared interests bring a diverse group of people together to achieve common goals for collecting and preserving the history of Gregory County and south central South Dakota.

President: Clark Gies
Vice President: Richard Rubel
Treasurer: Bev Rubel
Secretary: Judy Giest


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Hull House

Map created by the Gregory County Historical Society
© Gregory County Historical Society

Historical Gregory County Poster

The map is 24” x 36” and displays each original town established in Gregory County, along with a photo and description of the towns compiled by Jack Broome.

You get a free map with each $20 donation and maps are available from the following people: Jack Broome (Burke); Jerry Peterson (Burke Courthouse, Register of Deeds); Clark Gies (Fairfax); Richard or Bev Rubel (Gregory/Dallas).

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