Honored Crazy Horse librarian, historian dies
Her 2001 Dreamer Award inscription lauds Jessie Sundstrom as “a guiding force” who provided Crazy Horse Memorial and sculptor Korczak Ziolkowski’s family with “exemplary service”, “steadfast support” and “countless contributions”.
Services for her were held Sept. 10 at the Custer County 1881 Courthouse Museum, which she helped establish and managed for several years. Her legacy also includes organizing the Crazy Horse Memorial Library and helping create the Indian Museum of North America and the Native American Educational and Cultural Center.
Her historic preservation efforts in the Custer-Black Hills area garnered her national, state and local honors, including the “I Love History” tribute song composed by local fourth graders.
Jessie Sundstrom, 91, is survived by four children, eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.