Tickets on Sale at the Library!
The Friends of the Edith B. Siegrist
Vermillion Public Library Presents
24th Literary Lunch in Honor of
National Library Week
“Judge Rusch on Judge Kidder”
Thursday, April 3, 2014 Lunch served at 11:30 am Program begins at 12:10 pm Tickets: $9.00 Available at the Library now through March 30th
Judge Art Rusch is a long-time Vermillion resident and avid local historian, having published, “Portrait of a River Town: Vermillion Before the Flood of 1881” in South Dakota History, as well as research on courthouses. He practiced law for 27 years, serving twelve years as States Attorney, and seventeen years as presiding judge of the First Judicial Circuit.
Judge Rusch is a recipient of the Richard Cropp Award for amateur historians from the Augustana College Center for Western Studies. He is currently working on a biography of Judge Jefferson Kidder who was involved in politics in Vermont and Minnesota before coming to Vermillion, Dakota Territory in 1865 as a Federal Judge appointed by Abraham Lincoln. Kidder also served as Territorial Delegate to Congress and was the leader of the movement to establish the University of Dakota at Vermillion.