Doris Stensland received
the 2012 Individual Governor's Award for History from the South Dakota State
Historical Society on April 14, 2012.
This Individual Award recognized her for her work in describing
southeastern South Dakota's history through a variety of sources, including
three historical novels.
Doris' award was chosen
Her description of the pioneer life of
her great-grandparents who homesteaded in southeastern South Dakota in the
1870s in the book, Haul the Water, Haul the Wood. A sequel, Ole's
Promise, describes the life of her grandparents, while Music Man from
Norway, describes the life of Norwegian musician Andrew Indseth who
brought music to South Dakota prairies.
Her contribution to first chapter, "Life in the
New Land - the Scandinavian Experience (1859-1889)", in Prairie Faith,
Pioneering People, edited by Donald Sneen. The book describes the history of the Lutheran church in South
Dakota and is dedicated to the Lutheran pioneers
Weekly newspaper column she wrote in late 1960s describing farm life (Country Style: Living the Farm
Text she wrote for Joel Strasser's
pictorial book, Love of the Land reflecting family farming and rural life in South
cookbook Vaer saa god: Come and
Eat. The first section is
"Growing Up Foods", which describes farm life and foods during the
Depression/1930s and after, such as making bread, jam, including feeding