The 26th Annual West River History Conference will be held October 11-13, 2018, at the Best Western Ramkota Hotel in Rapid City. The theme for this year's conference is
A River Runs Through It.
The Missouri River dominates South Dakota's landscape, but is its influence dividing or defining? To the East is rich, glaciated farmland blessed with a sub-humid climate. On the West side is short grass country with a markedly drier climate and mineral-rich mountains.
In a broader sense this year's theme could also be
"it's all about the water". Too much water; not enough water; dammed up water. South Dakota's history includes the extremes of the Great Dakota Boom (1878-1887) with abundant rainfall throughout the region, followed by withering drought and a historic Dust Bowl.
We'd love to hear your take on this topic - or any other that is pertinent to the Northern Plains.
Make plans now to attend the 2018 West River History Conference in October.