I posted a report on the wonderful experience I had at the annual South Dakota State Historical Society conference at their 2016 meeting Everybody Eats. They have a different theme every year and while I was there I got the great news.
Their theme for 2017 is going to be
Laura Ingalls Wilder!!!
I’m very excited about this because I was so impressed by their conference this year. It’s a single track event with invited speakers. I’ve got the dates blocked out on my calendar and I think you should too. Save the dates April 28-29, 2017.
They rotate which department of the South Dakota State Historical Society heads up the conference each year, so that each department only has to do about once every five years. Next year’s turn is the publishing department, the people who brought you Pioneer Girl is celebrating the year of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s 150th birthday.
Find out more on their website:
Almost every year the conference is held in Pierre, South Dakota. They are making an exception for 2017 moving the conference to Sioux Falls, South Dakota which should make it a lot easier for people to come in than Pierre. They have a regional airport and they are 4.5 hours driving from the Twin Cities and about 3 from Des Moines which is a full airport. Also, they offer contact hours if you’re looking for teacher credit.
We don’t have a lot of details yet and it will probably be awhile before we do, but I renewed my South Dakota State Historical Society membership to better keep track of developments and I’ll be sure to let you know.
In addition they are also going to be bringing out a new book on Laura next year the first of a trilogy. Thanks to Carrie Fleming for pointing this out.
Sarah S. Uthoff is the main force behind Trundlebed Tales striving to bring the History, Mystery, Magic and Imagination of Laura Ingalls Wilder and other greats of children’s literature and history to life for a new generation. Uthoff is a nationally known Laura Ingalls Wilder authority and has presented at five of the Wilder homesites, many conferences and numerous libraries, museums, and events around the Midwest. Attend one of her programs, schedule one yourself, watch her videos, listen to her podcast, and find her on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, and Academia.edu. Professionally she is a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College and director of the Oxford (Iowa) Public Library.