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       West River History Conference                April , 2018
Rapid City, South Dakota
A River Runs Through It     

October 11-13, 2018
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.
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 combined 2016-17 combined conference book is being prepared for publication.  It will be dedicated to former publications director, Bobbi Sago.
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.
WRHC Notices

We received word last month that long-time confe re nce  contributor June Ring of Norris, SD, has passed away.  June wa s a frequent presenter at the conference and winner of the 2016 best paper in the Personal Reminiscences category.  We will miss her lively presentations and wonderful sense of humor.  Our condolences to her family and friends.       
Bobbi Sago

This year's conference is dedicated to our long-time Board Secretary, Bobbi Sago, who died suddenly in March.  Her contributions to South Dakota are wide-ranging:  as the Special Collections Librarian/Archivist at Leland Case Library at Black Hills State University, the High Plains Center for Western History, co-authored several books for the Images of America Series by Arcadia Publishing with Jan Cerney, countless volunteer causes
and amateur theatricals. 
She is sorely missed.
Call for Papers
A River Runs Through it
October 11-13, 2018
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 August 30th in order to be included in the program.
West River History
Conference Board

Shebby Lee, President
Peg Aplan, VP / Grants Coordinator
Laura Neubert, Sec/Treas.
David Super, Publications
Donna Fisher
Wayne Gilbert
Karen Holzer
Jean Kesloff
Marguerite Kleven
Donovin Sprague
Mark Stocki

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Notable Quotable

A nation without a strong sense
of history is like a man
who has no memory.

Robert H. Fowler, founder
American History Magazine, 1966


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