Conference Schedule

Pre-conference activities are available on a first come, first serve basis. Anyone wishing to attend these events must sign up during registration.

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Thursday, April 25th

5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.   Registration at the Cultural Heritage Center - Pick up your packets early to take full advantage of conference information and coupons!

Friday, April 26th

8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.   On-Site Registration

8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.   Optional Pre-conference Workshop - "Moving Images: An Introduction for Archivists" by Paul Eisloeffel (maximum 40 people)
Films, videotapes and DVDs are often part of an archives' holdings, but their presence may confound the archivist who is more at home with paper-based materials. This workshop will introduce attendees to moving images on film, videotape and optical discs. They will learn the basic history and technology behind moving images; understand their physical properties; develop a knowledge of the issues surrounding their preservation and how to deal with them; become familiar with the makeup of digital files; and gain an awareness of resources that can help them with their moving images.

This workshop has been generously supported by the Midwest Archives Conference Speaker's Bureau program.
9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.   Optional Pre-conference Tours - South Dakota National Guard Museum (maximum 30 people)
Enjoy a tour of the South Dakota National Guard Museum led by museum director Sonja Johnson! Tours will take place at 9:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. Each tour is limited to 15 people. If you sign up for this event during registration, you will be assigned a tour time when you pick up your registration packet.
10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.   Optional Pre-conference Tour - Behind-the-Scenes at the Cultural Heritage Center (maximum 20 people)
Historical Society director Jay Vogt will take you behind-the-scenes at the Cultural Heritage Center. Learn about the different offices and see where all those historical objects and documents are stored.
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.   Lunch (on your own)

1:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.   Conference Introduction and Overview with Jay Vogt, Director of the State Historical Society

1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.   Keynote Address - "At Your Fingertips: South Dakota History Through Historic Newspapers and More at the Library of Congress" with Deborah Thomas
Deborah Thomas from the Serial and Government Publications Division of the Library of Congress will share about the South Dakota newspapers in Chronicling America, as well as other digital collections at the Library of Congress that feature South Dakota content.
2:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.   Vendor Break

3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.   Session 1 - "Governors' Centennial Salute," Dakota Territorial Centennial Commission Film
A 30-minute film, recently converted to digital format, created in March of 1961 titled, "Governors' Centennial Salute" features a discussion with several former South Dakota Governors including Leslie Jensen, Merrill Q. Sharpe, George T. Mickelson, Sigurd Anderson. Joe Foss, Ralph Herseth and Archie Gubbrud. The salute was filmed at the KELOLAND studios in Sioux Falls. Leonard Jennewein, Dakota Wesleyan University history professor, directs the interviews in the film. This was one of several classes, presented via television, for a special "Centennial History" program offered for college credit through Dakota Wesleyan University. Paul Eisloeffel will offer a brief explanation of the preservation and digitization of the film. An Archives staff member will give a brief introduction to the film and the 1961 Territorial Centennial.
4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.   Session 2 - "Redefining Purpose in History Education: Project Based Learning," with Taylor Hamblin
Taylor Hamblin teaches 8th grade history at Georgia Morse Middle School and is the local organizer for History Day. He will speak about teaching the next generation of historians and researchers, and what it takes to get them excited about history, with examples of student projects.
5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.   History Day Student Poster Session and Vendor Break
Local students will showcase their History Day projects and answer questions in the vendor hallway before the Awards and Trustees Dinner.
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.   Awards and Trustees Dinner

Saturday, April 27th

7:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.   On-Site Registration

8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.   Session 3 - "Harvey Dunn Paintings: Discovering What Lies Beneath" with John Rychtarik, former Exhibits Coordinator for the South Dakota Art Museum in Brookings
In the late 1990s, artwork of celebrated South Dakota artist Harvey Dunn was sent off to be x-rayed by the Midwest Art Conservation Center. It was known that Dunn painted over various artwork and used several canvases multiple times, but only the x-rays were able to show the hidden images. In the late 2000s South Dakota Art Museum had an exhibit titled, "What Lies Beneath" on the x-rayed Harvey Dunn paintings. The presentation will feature history of Harvey Dunn, the work done on the artwork and what was discovered.
9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.   Session 4 - "Telling Stories through Digital Humanities" with Dr. Stacey Berry and Dr. John Nelson, Dakota State University
Dr. Stacey Berry and Dr. John Nelson from Dakota State University will offer a presentation on the growing field of Digital Humanities. Digital Humanities is a trending academic field concerned with the application of computational tools and methods to traditional humanities disciplines such as literature, history, and philosophy. Dakota State University offers a Digital Humanities Graduate Certificate. The professors will offer examples of Digital Humanities projects in South Dakota.
10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.   Vendor Break

10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.   Session 5

"Using the Past to Inform the Future: Landscape Modeling in the Great Plains" with Terry Sohl, Research Physical Scientist at the USGS Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center
Terry L. Sohl, a Research Physical Scientist at the USGS Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center will talk about using historical remote sensing data and other historical data sources to help guide the modeling of landscape change for periods where those observations don't exist...both backwards and forwards in time. The Landsat archive goes from 1972 to present, but they've modeled the entire US backwards to 1938, as well as produced multiple scenarios of future change out to 2100. This enables an assessment of how historical landscape change has affected things such as biodiversity, water flow and water quality, greenhouse gases and climate change, and many other processes. By examining those processes in the past, our future scenarios may then be used to assess potential future landscape impacts on those processes.
"Landscapes of War and Peace: Pre-dam Reconstruction of the Missouri River" with Andrew J. Clark
Andrew J. Clark, a field archaeologist with US Army Corps of Engineers, will be speaking on the topic of his recently published book Archaeological Perspectives on Warfare on the Great Plains. He discusses how there may have been "alliances both within and between linguistic groups" and the "shifting locations of fortifications with his study area have important implications for understanding patterns of conflict and cooperation."
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.   Luncheon - "Communicating History with Images of the Past," with Brian Gevik, South Dakota Public Broadcasting
Brian Gevik with South Dakota Public Broadcasting will feature several "Images of the Past" segments over the history conference lunch hour. Mr. Gevik will explain how "Images of the Past" came together, provide introductions to the segments, explain how the topics are chosen and provide insight into upcoming episodes.
1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.   Session 6 - "History Online: Digital Resources Across South Dakota" panel featuring representatives from the South Dakota State Library, South Dakota State Archives, Fassbender Collection, and South Dakota State University Archives and Special Collections
Panel members will have 10 minutes to discuss why their projects began, what materials are available, and how these materials have been used by researchers. The goal is to encourage attendees to use these resources for their own research projects.
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.   Session 7 - "Getting to Know Your Ancestors Using Technology," with Linda Lowe
In this session, Linda Lowe will discuss her experiences researching family history, as well as some of the fun stories she has uncovered along the way.