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2017 South Dakota History Conference Schedule-Sponsors

Laura Ingalls Wilder

A 150-Year Legacy


                                   South Dakota State Historical Society
                                                       2017 South Dakota History Conference
                                         April 28-29, 2016 

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.

Event Title: 2017 South Dakota History Conference
Description: The 2017 South Dakota History Conference, "Laura Ingalls Wilder, A 150-Year History" will be presented in Sioux Falls, SD at the Holiday Inn City Centre on April 28-29, 2017. Discover the heritage of this influential American writer and the role of women in pioneer history.

Please contact us directly at the information below if there are any special needs during the conference (dietary, access, etc)

All registrations are for tickets numbers, the dollar amounts will be calculated and totaled during the registration checkout.
Contact Information
Jeff Mammenga
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Thursday, April 27, 2017
5:30–7:00 P.M.
Registration, Atrium

Thursday, April 27, 2017
5:30–7:00 P.M.
Author Social & Book Signing

SD Historical Society Foundation Fundraiser

Koch Hazard Architects

(Ticketed Event, $50)


Friday, April 28, 2017
7:45 A.M.–5:00 P.M.
Registration, Atrium

8:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M.
Vendor Area Open

8:30–8:45 A.M.
Opening remarks, Falls West
Jay D. Vogt, Director, State Historical Society

8:45–9:30 A.M.
Opening Session
Pioneer Girl Project and Conference Overview
Nancy Tystad Koupal

9:30–10:00 A.M.
Vendor Break

10:00–11:00 A.M.
Wilder and Lane, Working Writers
Caroline Fraser
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

12:15–1:45 P.M.
Lunch, Falls East
Her Stories Take You with Her
Speaker: Noel Silverman

2:00–3:00 P.M.
Beginnings and Early Misdirections
William Anderson
Michael Patrick Hearn

3:00–3:30 P.M.
Vendor Break

4:00–5:00 P.M.
Panel: Rose Wilder Lane: Editor, Agent, Collaborator, Ghost Writer?
William Anderson, Caroline Fraser, Michael Patrick Hearn, and Nancy Tystad Koupal

5:30–7:30 P.M.
Conference Reception
Fiddle Music by Bill Peterson

Saturday, April 29, 2017
8:00–12:30 P.M.

8:30–9:30 A.M.
Wilder’s Time and Place
Paula M. Nelson
John E. Miller

9:30–10:30 A.M.
Panel: The Politics of the Little House
Elizabeth Jameson, Amy Mattson Lauters, John E. Miller, Paula M. Nelson

10:30–11:00 A.M.
Vendor Break

11:00 A.M.–12:30 P.M.
Enduring Tales and Childhood Myths in the Little House Books
Sallie Ketcham
Elizabeth Jameson
Ann Romines

12:30–2:15 P.M.
Awards luncheon

2:15-3:30 P.M.
Panel: Why Are Wilder’s Books Still Relevant?
All Speakers


Thank you to the following sponsors for their support