A River Runs Through It

October 11, 12, 13, 2018

Featuring special sessions commemorating

the 100th Anniversary of the

World War I Armistice.

Papers focusing on the impact of this war in South Dakota.

The 26th Annual West River History Conference, will be held October 11-13, 2018 at the Best Western Ramkota Hotel in Rapid City, South Dakota.  This year’s theme 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 marketly drier climate and mieral-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 through 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 today to attend the 2018 West river History Conference in October.

Pre-register and save!  2018 registration form

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.

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


Published on February 14, 2015 at 2:30 pm  Comments Off on Home