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Feb. 2019  

  Learn how to bring history to life for your students

The South Dakota State Historical Society’s annual History Conference will be held April 26-27 at the Ramkota Conference Center in Pierre. This year’s theme, “New Insights Into Old Stories,” focuses on innovative historical research projects across the state. The way we discover, use and share history is continually changing. Conference attendees will hear how modern tools, techniques and resources transform our understanding of South Dakota’s history.

Check out these conference highlights:

  • Keynote address from Deborah Thomas, with the Library of Congress
  • Taylor Hamblin, an eighth grade history teacher at Georgia Morse Middle School in Pierre, will present on teaching the next generation of historians and researchers, and what it takes to get them excited about history, with examples of student projects
  • Special showing of the recently digitized “Governors’ Centennial Salute” film
  • Presentations on family history research, historical landscape modeling, digital humanities and “what lies beneath” Harvey Dunn’s famous paintings
There will also be a special History Day student poster session, where local students will have the opportunity to showcase their History Day projects and answer questions.

This annual conference draws 100 - 200 history lovers from across the state, including business professionals, educators, undergraduate and graduate students, archivists, authors and librarians. Teachers can obtain up to one renewal credit or 15 contact hours for attending. Find more information and register on the History Conference website.

Early registration ends March 29.

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