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       West River History Conference                February, 2014
Rapid City, South Dakota
 
Call for Papers
Now Accepting Paper Proposals

The 22nd Annual West River History Conference, will be held October 16-18, 2014 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Rapid City. The theme of this year's conference is Digging Deep for History's Roots in the West. The topic can be interpreted literally - as in digging for gold or developing agricultural land, or figuratively - as in digging for information in archives or our own memories.

 

The conference will also be commemorating 125 years of statehood with a Thursday night program of video highlights of South Dakota's first 125 years presented by film historian, Wayne Paananen of Lead, SD.

 

Colorful characters, memorable and forgotten events and stories of the everyday people who did extraordinary things in rugged hills and drought-stricken areas are remembered and given a place of recognition at the conference.

 

The West River History Conference is open to all individuals and the public. Paper titles are welcome from amateur and professional historians alike, and especially sought from students from middle school through graduate school.

 

The collected papers of the conference are published annually in a permanent bound volume available for purchase by schools, libraries, museums and other interested parties. Prizes for the best papers in adult and student categories will be awarded. 

Do you know a deserving student?
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Scholarship money is available for conference registration and travel expenses to encourage students and their teachers and/or parents to attend. It has been a long-time goal of the West River History Conference to increase the participation of young people so they can learn more about their heritage and carry on the work of preserving it.  All applications for this year's conference are welcome!
Sponsorships are available to help keep the conference affordable for our participants
and to encourage young people to attend.
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Call for Papers
Digging Deep
for History's Roots in the West
October 16-18, 2014

We would like to extend a special invitation to those who prepared presentations for last year's conference but were unable to attend because of Winter Storm Atlas. 
 
Topics are not limited to the theme of the conference. Topics must be submitted with a title, brief description, and biographical sketch of the presenter by September 15th in order to be included in the program.
 
CONFERENCE  LINEUP
Thursday Evening:
125 Years of Statehood on Video - Wayne Paananen

Friday luncheon:
SETH BULLOCK:  THE SPIRIT OF THE WEST - Gordy Pratt

Saturday Westerners Breakfast:
PRESERVING HISTORY THROUGH ARTIST'S EYES -
Jon Crane

Saturday Foozle:
BLUEGRASS MUSIC BY DEADWOOD EXPRESS
West River History
Conference Board

Shebby Lee, President
Bev Pechan, VP
Bobbi Sago, Sec/Publications
Diana Hayes, Treasurer
Marguerite Kleven, Exhibits
Sylvia Cox, Project Director
Wayne Gilbert, Speaker Liason
Carolyn Weber, Corresponding Secretary

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Our ancestors faced

enormous hardships in their time and their experiences remind us that we're here because of what they endured.

 

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