Emily’s Hope founder featured in SD Hall of Fame exhibit honoring women who’ve shaped our culture

Chamberlain, S.D. – The founder of Emily’s Hope, Angela Kennecke, is among the South Dakota Hall of Fame inductees featured in a new exhibit. “Empowering Legacies: Women’s Impact in South Dakota” shares the stories of 24 remarkable women.

“These women have shaped the culture of our state for over a century. They have paved the way for generations of women to follow in their footsteps and have made an impact on all of South Dakota by exemplifying excellence,” reads a news release from the SD Hall of Fame.

You can check out the exhibit this spring at the Visitor & Education Center in Chamberlain, South Dakota.

Kennecke was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2021 for her work as an award-winning TV news journalist and advocate for substance use disorder prevention and treatment, along with raising awareness about the opioid crisis.

Angela Kennecke was part of the anchor team at KELO for 33 years.

Kennecke founded her non-profit Emily’s Hope after her 21-year-old daughter Emily died from fentanyl poisoning.

Angela and her daughter, Emily

Other women featured in the exhibit include the first South Dakota woman to be elected to the U.S. Senate, Gladys Pyle, nationally acclaimed theater director, Hazel Abbott, and a woman who played a pivotal role in peace treaties between Native American and white societies, Wambli Autepewin.

You can read more about each of the 24 women featured in the exhibit here.