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South Dakota's Food Heritage

South Dakota State Historical Society History Conference
April 29 - 30, 2016 | Pierre, South Dakota

Featured Speakers

Brad Tennant – Conference Moderator
Dr. Brad Tennant is Professor of History at Presentation College in Aberdeen, South Dakota.  In addition to his teaching assignments, Tennant is an active researcher, writer, and presenter on a variety of state and regional topics.  As a gubernatorial appointee, Dr. Tennant is serving his fourth term on the Board of Trustees of the South Dakota State Historical Society.  He is also a member of several other national, state, and local historical organizations and serves as the Director of Presentation College’s American Studies program.  He received his doctorate in History Education from the University of South Dakota.  He has published articles in journals such as South Dakota History, Heritage of the Great Plains, American Nineteenth Century History, Studies in Midwestern History, and We Proceeded On as well as contributing chapters to various book publications.

Susan Evans McClure – Keynote Speaker
Susan Evans McClure is the Director of Smithsonian Food History Programs at the National Museum of American History.  In her role, she oversees the creation, planning, and production of programs that explore the complexity of American history through our experiences with food and agriculture.  Before coming to the Smithsonian in 2010, her experiences included arts education positions in theaters and museums and a stint as the marketing manager of a regional craft brewery.  She holds an Ed.M. in Arts in Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and a B.A. in Theater from McGill University.  Susan has written and spoken on topics from food history to performance theory and believes in always asking questions.

Howard H. Bonnemann, has been on the faculty of the Dairy Science Department at South Dakota State University for 19 years.  Prior to becoming a member of the faculty Bonnemann spent 10 years working in the dairy industry.  Bonnemann was originally employed by the university as Manager of the Dairy Processing Plant.  During his 14 year tenure as the plant manager the plant increased in production of ice cream enabling the development of a wholesale distribution system for SDSU Ice Cream to approximately 20 locations in eastern South Dakota. 

Kevin Gansz, was born and raised in Lyons, New York.  He attended Augustana University in Sioux Falls and graduated with a B.A. in History and Education.  After college, he joined the staff of the Siouxland Heritage Museums in Sioux Falls and has worked with both the collections and education departments.  Kevin currently holds the position of Curator of Education and manages the interpretive program for the Old Courthouse Museum and the Pettigrew Home and Museum.  He has served multiple terms on the board for the Association of South Dakota Museums and the Sioux Falls Board of Historic Preservation.  Kevin is also a regional coordinator for the National History Day competition.

Bernie Hunhoff is the editor-at-large of South Dakota Magazine, a publication he founded in 1985 after working as a journalist for dailies in Watertown and Madison. Along with journalism, he has been active in agriculture, economic development, conservation, history and historic preservation, and politics. He frequently speaks on South Dakota’s history and culture, and on the virtues of life here in our prairie state. He and his wife, Myrna, have two children and five young grandchildren. They live along the Missouri River in Yankton, and Bernie represents his hometown in the State Senate.

Jerome Kills Small, is an Oglala Lakota from Porcupine, South Dakota, on the Pine Ridge Reservation.  A 1997 graduate from the University of South Dakota, with an M.A. in Selected Studies, and retired after 20 years of teaching at USD.  He taught Lakota Language, American Indian Thought, Siouan Tribal Culture, Early Native American History.  He is featured in the book, Wounded Warriors: A Time for Healing, and has a story in the Silver Anniversary Anthology published by the SD Humanities Council.  Kills Small has parts in the videos: Sucker Punched, Nagi Kicopi (Calling Back the Spirit,) Lost Landscapes, and Bones of Contention: Repatriation and Reburial (BBC.) Jerome is a storyteller for public schools, museums, and colleges. Jerome translates, explains, and sings Lakota ceremonial, sweatlodge, powwow, rabbit, round dance, warrior, vision quest, and sundance songs.  He sings with the Iron Wing Singers of Wagner, SD.  He is a powwow organizer, announcer, arena director, and helps in conducting Lakota ceremonies.  He portrayed Tecumseh, a Shawnee Chief and British General.  He also portrayed Dr. Charles Alexander Eastman, the first Dakota Medical Doctor.  Kills Small is on the board of Directors for the Native American Advocacy Program, www.lakotanaap.org.

Catherine Lambrecht, is a founder of Greater Midwest Foodways Alliance (GreaterMidwestFoodways.com), which is dedicated to celebrating, exploring and preserving unique food traditions and their cultural contexts in the American Midwest. She is program chair of the Chicago Foodways Roundtable of Culinary Historians of Chicago, and has performed duties as president of both the Illinois Mycological Society and the Highland Park Historical Society. She is a founder and moderator of LTHForum.com, a Chicago culinary chat site. She is also proud to have been a Master Gardener, a Master Food Preserver and Vice Chair of the Advisory Council for the University of Illinois Extension at Grayslake, as well as a Vice President of the Lake County Extension Foundation.

Troy McQuillen
Troy McQuillen is an Aberdeen, SD native, and Central High School graduate. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in cinema/TV production from the University of Southern California and worked in the film business for a very short time. He eventually migrated to graphic design and opened his own company, which would ultimately be called, McQuillen Creative Group in 1995. MCG produces advertising, videos, websites and print publications for clients coast to coast. His firm also publishes the bi-monthly community magazine; Aberdeen Magazine which is mailed to over 6,000 households in the Aberdeen region. He is a 2012 Dakota Rising Fellow and continues to support entrepreneurs statewide with his affiliation with Dakota Resources.
Troy’s passion for his hometown community led to an interest in local history and historic preservation of buildings and stories. He is the former president of Preserve South Dakota and has served in various capacities on Aberdeen’s Downtown boards and committees. In 2012 he published a book of historic photos of Aberdeen through Arcadia Publishing. Images of America: Aberdeen contains over 200 pictures and captions about Aberdeen’s boom-town years.

Ken R. Stewart, is a long-time South Dakota historian and the research room administrator for the State Archives program of the South Dakota State Historical Society.  He is the author .of numerous newspaper and magazine articles and a contributor to county and town histories, as well as works published by Time-Life and American Heritage.  His first article for South Dakota History, "The Boom and Bust of Central City,'' appeared in the Summer 1972 Issue.

Sara S. Uthoff, is a respected authority on Laura Ingalls Wilder.  Soon after she discovered Wilder’s books she was “playing Laura,” visiting the Wilder home sites, and learning how to do the things Wilder did around here family farm that led her to living history and historic foodways.  Uthoff was an historical interpreter at Ushers Ferry Historic Village for eight years and serves as Midwest Open-Air Museums Coordinating Council’s Foodways Resource Group Chair.  Much in demand as a speaker on Wilder and other topics, Uthoff has presented at several of the Wilder home sites and is on the Humanities Iowa Speakers Bureau.  Uthoff is a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids, IA and director of the Oxford (IA) Public Library.  Her most recent project has been hosting a podcast on Laura and related topics.  She can be found on the web by searching Trundlebed Tales.