One day when Joanna was asked what her job was, she replied, “I’m an
academic enhancer with internal motivation.” Throughout her 37 years of
teaching, she has challenged learners to think. She enjoys watching the
sparkle in the eyes of her students as they understand new information.
Joanna is an author, educator, poet, and consultant. She has encouraged
children and teachers to write. Now, she is taking more time to do her
Joanna grew up in Redfield, South Dakota. The Carnegie Library just a
half mile from her home was a wonderful place to explore the children’s
collection. The love of reading was enhanced when at bedtime, her
mother read books aloud to her brother and her. Today, she walks her
dog in the morning, wishes on stars at night, and reads whenever she
In college, Joanna studied to be a teacher and a librarian. Her family
life and career took her across Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona before
she returned to the Black Hills of South Dakota. At Arizona State
University, Joanna completed her doctorate that documented the value of
the teacher-librarian partnership in the educational setting. She has
presented on a variety of literacy
topics at state, regional, and
national conferences. Internationally, Joanna has presented in
Portugal, Scotland, New Zealand, and China.
Teaching children’s literature, young adult literature, reading
methods, and language arts methods at college, allowed Joanna to share
authors and illustrators in multiple reading and writing
She has also taught in elementary school and middle school as well as
teaching in a gifted program. Today, Joanna serves on the South Dakota
Prairie Pasque, Prairie Bud
committee that reviews about 200 books per year to select the yearly
state recommended list of books for children.
Joanna Jones loves to
read and talk about books.
I was born in
SD in December1946. I lived on our family farm until I was 9 years old.
My father started working at the Homestake Mine in Lead, SD in 1954.
Our family moved to Lead a year later. My father continued to farm on
the weekends. My father published a book about his family from 1794 to
1965. Through his example, I learned my love of history; he was always
reading about the area.
In 1965, I started
working at the Franklin Hotel as a waitress for Dorothy and Mel Hoherz.
Dorothy was the daughter of Al Treber, a Deadwood pioneer. I was
introduced to the culture and history of Deadwood at this time. I
worked at the restaurant as I put myself through college and continued
to work there during my first teaching jobs. In 1976, I moved to
Arizona and was a stay-at-home Mom with my three children.
In 1984, as a
parent, I moved with my three boys back to Lead where I started
working at the Franklin Hotel again. In the dining room, I worked for
French and Taffy Bryan. From there, I became a front desk manager.
During my employment at the Franklin Hotel, I visited with many
pioneers of the Deadwood area and soaked up all the history.
Today, I am an
elementary librarian for the Lead-Deadwood Elementary School and work
with Black Hills Central Reservations. Using my love of history at the
Black Hills Central Reservations I have planned many excursions in the
area for vacationers. I specialize in writing itineraries for my
guests. I share my knowledge of the area by suggesting scenic drives
and historic sites.
I consider myself a traditional watercolorist. I enjoy the
challenge of painting and drawing. Rustic images are my favorite
subject matter. Old automobiles, abandoned buildings or a
broken down fence seem to grab my interest.
I have good memories as a child. The art trends of the 1950's
have influenced me. Illustrator Norman Rockwell is a favorite of
mine. Like Mr. Rockwell, I hope my paintings will warm the hearts
of viewers and take them back to a pleasant time in their
lives. If I can bring a smile to the face of a viewer, I have
done my job as an artist.
Designing and composing a piece of artwork is the first challenge all
artists face when beginning a painting or any piece of work. With
good design and technique I attempt to keep a viewer's interest.
Bill is a South Dakota native, living most of his life in the
Lead-Deadwood area. As a student at Black Hills State University
in Spearfish, SD, he began studying watercolor painting. His
education consists of a B.S. in Fine Arts with a double major in
Communication Art. Bill is a signature member of Artists of
the Black Hills and Northern Plains Watercolor Society.
Along with watercolor painting, Bill has illustrated several safety
manuals and accident prevention drawings for mining companies.
The illustrations were done with pen and ink. Producing
daily pencil sketches or doodles help maintain his drawing
skills. Painting and drawing have and always will hold his
Also, Bill has illustrated several coin designs. The designs
reflected the labor force of our nation. He is familiar with
producing artwork per a customer's request. He has painted
comnmissions including the illustrations for the children's book Henry's Adventures at the Franklin Hotel.
Born in 1893, Henry is the ten-year-old son of
manager for the Franklin Hotel in Deadwood, SD. He is the main
character in Henry's Adventure at
the Franklin Hotel. His prize
possession is the wooden horse his grandfather carved for him.