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       West River History Conference                January, 2016
Rapid City, South Dakota
Commemorating 100 Years 

October 13-15, 2016
The 24th Annual West River History Conference will be held October 13-15, 2016, at the BW Ramkota Hotel in Rapid City.  The theme for this year's conference is Commemorating 100 Years of the National Park Service.
Mark Glenn Studio

And who better to help us celebrate than President Theodore Roosevelt himself!  The 26th president established the first 18 national monuments (including our own Devil's Tower), the first 4 game preserves, the first 21 reclamation projects, designated 150 national forests (including the Black Hills National Forest headed by his friend, Seth Bullock), the first 51 federal bird reservations and five national parks.

Theodore Roosevelt is portrayed by Joe Wiegand - Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation, Medora, ND.
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.

The 2015 Conference books will be available this spring.  Send in your order today.
Do you know a deserving student?
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.
Deadwood Baseball Exhibit - 2015 Conference

2014 Conference Best Paper Awards
The winners for  superior papers presented at the 2014 conference were announced at last fall's conference:


Nick Gale:  "Russia's Gift to the Dakotas:  The German-Russian Migration" 



3rd Place: June Ring:  "Maxine Allard O'Bryan - Amazing Nonagenarian" 

2nd Place: Brad Bradfield:  "The Route of the Crouch Line" 

1st Place: Dr. Marilyn Aronson:  "Digging for History's Roots:  Cather and Cleary" 




Jean Kary:  "Sweden to a South Dakota Homestead" 



Peg Aplan:  "Diary of a Black Hills Gold Miner" 

Call for Papers
Commemorating 100 Years
 of the National Park Service

October 13-15, 2016 

Paper topics are not limited to the conference theme.  Topics must be submitted with a title, brief description, and biographical sketch of the presenter by September 23rd in order to be included in the program.
West River History
Conference Board

Shebby Lee, President
Wayne Gilbert, VP,Sponsorships
Bobbi Sago, Sec/Publications
Diana Hayes, Treasurer
Marguerite Kleven, Exhibits
Carolyn Weber, Corresponding Secretary
Carol Saunders,Student Liaison Grants Coordinator

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Quote of the Month

A sense of continuity with generations gone before can stretch like a lifeline across the scary present.

John Dos Pasos


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