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Laura Ingalls Wilder
A 150-Year Legacy

South Dakota State Historical Society History Conference
April 28 - 29, 2017| Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Conference Schedule

Thursday, April 27, 2017
5:30–7:00 P.M.
Registration, Atrium

Friday, April 28, 2017
7:45 A.M.–5:00 P.M.
Registration, Atrium

8:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M.
Vendor Area Open

8:30–8:45 A.M.
Opening remarks, Falls West
Jay D. Vogt, Director, State Historical Society

8:45–9:30 A.M.
Opening Session
Pioneer Girl Project and Conference Overview
Nancy Tystad Koupal

9:30–10:00 A.M.
Vendor Break

10:00–11:00 A.M.
Wilder and Lane, Working Writers
Caroline Fraser
Amy Mattson Lauters

11:00 A.M.–12:00 P.M.
Panel: Truth and Fact in Wilder’s Work
Caroline Fraser, Elizabeth Jameson, Sallie Ketcham, Ann Romines

12:15–1:45 P.M.
Lunch, Falls East
Her Stories Take You with Her
Speaker: Noel Silverman

2:00–3:00 P.M.
Beginnings and Early Misdirections
William Anderson
Michael Patrick Hearn

3:00–3:30 P.M.
Vendor Break

4:00–5:00 P.M.
Panel: Rose Wilder Lane: Editor, Agent, Collaborator, Ghost Writer?
William Anderson, Caroline Fraser, Michael Patrick Hearn, and Nancy Tystad Koupal

5:30–7:30 P.M.
Conference Reception
Fiddle Music by Bill Peterson

Saturday, April 29, 2017
8:00–12:30 P.M.

8:30–9:30 A.M.
Wilder’s Time and Place
Paula M. Nelson
John E. Miller

9:30–10:30 A.M.
Panel: The Politics of the Little House
Elizabeth Jameson, Amy Mattson Lauters, John E. Miller, Paula M. Nelson

10:30–11:00 A.M.
Vendor Break

11:00 A.M.–12:30 P.M.
Enduring Tales and Childhood Myths in the Little House Books
Sallie Ketcham
Elizabeth Jameson
Ann Romines

12:30–2:15 P.M.
Awards luncheon

2:15-3:30 P.M.
Panel: Why Are Wilder’s Books Still Relevant?
All Speakers