After my experience last year, I was very excited to hear that the South Dakota State Historical Society’s 2017 conference theme was going to be Laura Ingalls Wilder.
They took the unusual step of moving the conference from the normal conference locations to Sioux Falls, South Dakota in order to help encourage and accommodate a better than normal attendance and I think they are already feeling that increase. Going by last year, they put information up after the first of the year so don’t be surprised if it takes awhile to get all the information up for all the links, but they have made progress.
The main conference page changed over about a month after the last conference, but none of the links worked. They currently have two links up and working now (thanks to Nansie Cleaveland for the heads up). They work together. They have a skeleton Schedule and the hotel information.
The short story is that there is registration on Thursday (April 27) evening (last year they had a separately ticketed fun raiser that night), sessions all day Friday (April 28) (lunch included, supper not) and Saturday (April 29) until 3:30pm (again lunch included, supper not). So plan your hotel reservations accordingly.
Conference Hotel Information:
The Holiday Inn Sioux Falls—City Centre is the conference headquarters.
Holiday Inn Sioux Falls—City Centre
100 W 8th St, Sioux Falls, SD 57104
Rooms have been reserved under the South Dakota State Historical Society History Conference and they must be booked by 28 March 2017 to receive the reduced conference discount.
Additional Lodging Details:
Other hotels in the Sioux Falls downtown area include:
Hilton Garden Inn Sioux Falls Downtown
201 E 8th St, Sioux Falls, SD 57103
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson
200 E 8th St, Sioux Falls, SD 57103
To De Smet and Beyond
Sioux Falls is the location of an international airport and one that is frequently used to fly into Laura country so that should make it a convenient location. If you want to include a trip to De Smet and get green grass photos (remembering that sites will not be fully open), De Smet is 1 hour and 45 minutes away. Walnut Grove is 2 hours away. That might effect your reservations as well.
See You There
I have my hotel reservation made at the main hotel. They said that they had a block with both 2 queens and a king with a pull out couch either for $104.00. That was via the hotel registration desk. I didn’t call the two satellite hotels to ask about their blocks. If you haven’t attended a hotel conference, I will say that I always try to stay at the main conference hotel if possible. I find that the convenience is worth any extra cash.
Hint About Links
So far those two links, schedule and lodging, are link at the bottom of the main page of the conference. The links with the same names on the right hand side of every page of the conference are not yet working.
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.