West River History Conference         
Rapid City, South Dakota
Last Call for Papers

  • Do you have a story to tell? 
  • Have you been itching to delve into a mystery that has bothered you for years? 
  • Do you have new information on a historical event which could change our understanding of the past?  


We want to hear about it!


We encourage papers and attendance from professionals who want and need a place to present their topics of research, and in addition to the social enjoyment of this annual get-together, these papers are published in a permanent bound volume available for purchase by libraries, museums and other interested parties. Likewise, we are most eager to see persons who have a special insight into an event, town or family history, or favorite topic they wish to bring to the conference. These stories by the people who have lived the experiences or knew those who did, provide a most important link that often fills in missing puzzle pieces of the past.



We're commerating 100 years of the National Park Service at this year's conference (Oct. 13-15) but papers on any topic relating to the history of the region are also welcome.  If you have research to share, please submit your title with a brief description and your biographical sketch before our publishing deadline of September 10. 

Register in advance to save on registration fees.  Meals must be ordered in advance as well,  and you don't want to miss the honorable Teddy Roosevelt at the Friday awards luncheon, or the National Park Service presentation at the Westerners breakfast on Saturday!

Print your registration form here

Keynote Speakers

Joe Wiegand as
Theodore Roosevelt

Paul Horsted
National Parks Photographer
This year's conference will be held at the Best Western Ramkota Hotel (I-90, Exit # 59).  The sleeping room rate for conference attendees is $79.99 plus tax.  To qualify you must make your reservation at least 30 days prior to the conference and identify yourself as being a conference attendee.  For Reservations, call 605-343-8550
This conference is made possible by:
SD Humanities
An affiliate of the  National  Endowment
for the Humanities
Black Hills Corral

Big Thunder Gold Mine, Keystone, SD 
Center for Western Studies, Augustana University, Sioux Falls
Chicken Creek Communications
Keystone Historical Society
Minnilusa Historical Society, Rapid City
Reptile Gardens
Tri-State Museum, Belle Fourche, SD
Vantage Point Historical Services