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The 22nd Annual West River History Conference, will be held October 16-18, 2014 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Rapid City. The theme of this year’s conference is Digging Deep for History’s Roots in the West. The topic can be interpreted literally – as in digging for gold or developing agricultural land, or figuratively – as in digging for information in archives or our own memories.

The conference will also be commemorating 125 years of statehood with a Thursday night program of video highlights of South Dakota’s first 125 years presented by film historian, Wayne Paananen of Lead, SD.

Colorful characters, memorable and forgotten events and stories of the everyday people who did extraordinary things in rugged hills and drought-stricken areas are remembered and given a place of recognition at the conference.

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. 

Full Details for Presenters

To join our mailing list contact: 

West River History Conference, Inc.
PO Box 9276
Rapid City, SD 57709


Published on July 29, 2010 at 4:30 pm  Comments Off  

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