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Playing on the Plains

South Dakota State Historical Society
2012 History Conference

April 13–14, 2012
Ramkota River Center
Pierre, South Dakota

South Dakotans may be known for their work ethic, but sports and recreation, too, form strong traditions in South Dakota’s culture. The State Historical Society’s 2012 History Conference will examine those traditions, from hunting and fishing to organized sports, including the contributions of women, American Indians, and residents of small towns.

The conference will feature two keynote speakers to address the twin themes of sports and recreation. John Cooper, former secretary of the Department of Game, Fish and Parks, will speak on the development of the Missouri River as a recreational resource. Mel Antonen, a broadcaster who has covered major-league baseball in various media for twenty-seven seasons, will discuss sports and sports coverage in South Dakota from a journalist’s perspective. Other speakers, including Governor Dennis Daugaard, will provide unique perspectives on “Playing on the Plains.” This culturally important but often overlooked subject promises to combine serious scholarship with great storytelling.


Conference attendees can register online or by mail.

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