- South Dakota State Historical Society 2017 History Conference
- Discover the heritage of this influential American writer, and mark your calendars now for this exciting event!
The annual History Conference of the South Dakota State Historical Society is in Sioux Falls for 2017. Coinciding with the 150th anniversary of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s birth, the conference will focus on Wilder and her work. Discover the heritage of this influential American writer, and mark your calendars now for this exciting event to be held Apr. 27-29, 2017 at the Sioux Falls Holiday Inn-City Centre.
The authors of essays in the forthcoming Pioneer Girl Perspectives: Exploring Laura Ingalls Wilder will be the featured speakers. The South Dakota Historical Society Press will also release the new book at the conference. Find out more about Pioneer Girl Perspectives at pioneergirlproject.org.
Teachers can earn up to twelve Continuing Education Contact Hours from the South Dakota Department of Education
Get $10.00 off your conference registration when you become a member of the South Dakota State Historical Society.
Thursday, April 27, 2017
Friday, April 28, 2017
7:45 A.M.–5:00 P.M.
8:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M.
Vendor Area Open
Opening remarks, Falls West
Jay D. Vogt, Director, State Historical Society
Pioneer Girl Project and Conference Overview
Nancy Tystad Koupal
Wilder and Lane, Working Writers
Amy Mattson Lauters
11:00 A.M.–12:00 P.M.
Panel: Truth and Fact in Wilder’s Work
Caroline Fraser, Elizabeth Jameson, Sallie Ketcham, Ann Romines
Lunch, Falls East
Her Stories Take You with Her
Speaker: Noel Silverman
Beginnings and Early Misdirections
Michael Patrick Hearn
Panel: Rose Wilder Lane: Editor, Agent, Collaborator, Ghost Writer?
William Anderson, Caroline Fraser, Michael Patrick Hearn, and Nancy Tystad Koupal
Fiddle Music by Bill Peterson
Saturday, April 29, 2017
Wilder’s Time and Place
Paula M. Nelson
John E. Miller
Panel: The Politics of the Little House
Elizabeth Jameson, Amy Mattson Lauters, John E. Miller, Paula M. Nelson
11:00 A.M.–12:30 P.M.
Enduring Tales and Childhood Myths in the Little House Books
Panel: Why Are Wilder’s Books Still Relevant?