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State Historical Society Annual History Conference April 26-27 in Pierre

State Historical Society Annual History Conference April 26-27 in Pierre

“New Insights into Old Stories” is the theme for the 2019 annual history conference of the South Dakota State Historical Society, to be held April 26-27 at the Ramkota RiverCentre in Pierre.

“The ways we discover, use and share South Dakota’s history are continually changing,” said Chelle (SHEL-ee) Somsen, director of the State Historical Society-Archives, whose office is organizing the conference program. “The conference in Pierre will showcase innovative historical research projects from across the state. Attendees will hear how modern tools, techniques and resources transform our understanding of South Dakota’s history.”

The conference will include pre-conference tours and a workshop on moving images Friday morning. The conference program opens Friday afternoon with a keynote presentation by Deborah Thomas, manager for the National Digital Newspaper Program at the Library of Congress.

Additional sessions will include a showing of the “Governors’ Centennial Salute” film from 1961, a middle-school educator and students highlighting their South Dakota History Day projects, a presenter on the Harvey Dunn x-ray project, two professors from Dakota State University presenting on digital humanities, two presenters on using remote sensing data, a presentation on the South Dakota Public Broadcasting “Images of the Past,” a panel of project staff who are working on digitization projects across the state, and a family historian who will talk about how performing family genealogy has changed over the years.

The Governors Awards for History and the State Historical Society trustee election dinner will be held Friday evening.

Teachers can obtain one certificate renewal credit for attending. More detailed session information and registration information is available at or by contacting the State Historical Society at 605-773-6000.

For more information, contact the State Historical Society-Archives at 605-773-3804 or visit 

About the South Dakota State Historical Society
The South Dakota State Historical Society is a division of the Department of Education. The State Historical Society, an Affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, is headquartered at the South Dakota Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre. The center houses the society’s world-class museum, the archives, and the historic preservation, publishing and administrative/development offices. Call 605-773-3458 or visit for more information. The society also has an archaeology office in Rapid City; call 605-394-1936 for more information.

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