Jennifer Dumke knows a thing or two about research, especially when it comes to a man by the name of Wallace Dow. Dow was an influential architect in the early days of Sioux Falls. Dumke and her husband, Brad, spent countless hours creating a one-hour documentary on Dow. But when someone looking to publish a book stumbled across her Facebook page dedicated to the architect, a new project was started.
"We had a great following. He saw that people were interested, so I sent him the documentary and he was blown away and he said, 'I really think this will make a great book,'" Dumke said.
Dumke kept he book project quiet as the documentary was released. She used the 144-page book to expand upon the documentary.
"It was extremely difficult going through the process of giving the documentary its due credit through the screenings and everything and in the meantime I'm going through contracts, contacting people and deciding whether or not this is a project I want to do and can do," Dumke said.
Dumke's book signing event is Friday at Zandbroz as part of the First Friday festivities. She hopes this book inspires others to take an interest in history.
"People who aren't your traditional, standard, go to the historical meetings and sit through the presentations, but younger people to all of a sudden have an appreciation," Dumke said.
Because this author says her journey began with the simple question of who created some now historic buildings.