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.
I’m going to repeat a lot of this post from my last update, but the big news is that registration is now open! OK it’s been open for a bit now, but I was waiting to promote it until I got registered and now I am, so it’s time for you to register too.
Remember that not all the links on the right side of the registration page are live, so scroll down and click on the links at the bottom of the page.
You can register for full conference, single days, and small events such as luncheons if you are traveling with someone not interested in the conference.
Current rates are good until March 31st. April 1st rates increase.
The schedule now includes speakers. I’m glad to see there will be a lot of panels this time.
The short story is that you can check in for the conference on Thursday (April 27) evening (last year they had a separately ticketed fund 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
The conference site hotel said that they had a block with both rooms with 2 queen beds and rooms with a king with a pull out couch, either for $104.00 a night. 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.
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.
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.