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"Great Faces - Great Places, History Makers in South Dakota" Annual History Conference

The South Dakota State Historic Preservation Office is hosting the Annual History Conference this year and we hope to see you there! The conference will be on April 21st and 22nd, 2023 at the Ramkota Hotel and Conference Center in Pierre. The theme this year, "Great Faces - Great Places, History Makers in South Dakota", will be focusing on some of the most interesting and influential people of our state's past. We will be having several incredible speakers this year as well as other fun events for attendees. If you would like to register online please go to: or print, fill out and mail us the form below. We are also looking for vendors! If you would like to have a vendor table at the conference this year, you can also register at the website above or fill out the form below. The online registration site also has a schedule of our conference presentations so you can see what topics will be featured and what other oppurtunities we will be hosting! For any questions or more information, please contact Kevin Larsen at (605)773-6000 or email him at .

Attendee Registration Form

Vendor Registration Form


Student Essay Contest 2023: "This Place Matters"

The annual 4th Grade Student Essay Contest is now open for entries! With the theme of "This Place Matters," students are asked to write an essay about any South Dakota location that is at least 50 years old, why it is a favorite place for them, and why it should be preserved. Prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners. Essays will be judged on quality of writing, content and theme, and origniality.

The contest is open to any 4th grade student in South Dakota, whether they be in public school, private school, or home schooled. Entries must be postmarked no later that March 17th, and winners will be notified on or before April 14th. For the full Guidelines and Entry form please click here .


Electronic Review & Compliance (ERC) System 

The South Dakota Office of the State Historic Presrvation Officer (SHPO) is pleased to announce that, starting April 27, 2022, all government agencies, their delegated authorities, and appropriate applicants can use the new ERC System to submit project information to SHPO for comments and consultation under federal (National Historic Preservation Act of 1966) and state (South Dakota Codified Law 1-19A-11.1) preservation laws.

The ERC system is part of the State of South Dakota's new Citizen Portal found online at then by searching 'ERC' in the search bar. More information and instructions to access ERC can be found on this information sheet: ERC Access Instructions.  








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