PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The South Dakota State Historical Society will hold its 2012 History Conference tomorrow and Saturday at the Ramkota in Pierre. The theme for the event is Playing on the Plains: Sports and Recreation in South Dakota. Rodger Hartley, of the society’s Research and Publishing Program-which is coordinating the conference this year-says the speakers will include Governor Dennis Daugaard, former Game, Fish and Parks Department Secretary John Cooper-and several others.
Hartley says a number of sporting topics and how they originated in South Dakota, will be discussed during the annual event.
Hartley says sports enthusiasts and historians-alike; will enjoy the conference.
Also during the event, the State Historical Society will present the Robinson Award and will recognize four individuals for their efforts to preserve state history. One of the recipients of the Governor’s Awards for History will be William “Bill” Ellwanger of Pierre. He was named the 2012 History Teacher of the Year. Ellwanger teaches middle and high school social students for Stanley County Schools in Fort Pierre and has been there for close to 20 years. The Saturday awards luncheon is part of the annual history conference. Registrations are still being accepted by calling 773-6000 or visit the website www.history.sd.gov.
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