Rod Evans holds degrees from Northern State and South Dakota State Universities and presently lives in Aberdeen with his wife, Vicki. He’s a Speaker’s Bureau Scholar and One Book South Dakota discussion leader for the South Dakota Humanities Council, as well as an award winning playwright.

Palaces on the Prairie seeks to shed light on a little-known chapter in the history of the Great Plains. From the 1880s to the 1930s, at least 34 “prairie palaces” of one sort or another sprang up in at least 24 towns across the Midwest. Their themes ranged in scope from grasses to grains to minerals, but all sought the same goal — attention!