Abraham Lincoln is Theme of Dakota Conference

Event Details


Date: April 23 - April 24, 2009

Location: Center for Western Studies, Augustana College campus

Ticket Info: Prices vary for different packages

During his administration, President Lincoln brought fundamental change to the Northern Plains by appointing two Dakota Territory governors; encouraging settlement through the passage of the Homestead Act of 1862; pardoning (and executing) Dakota Sioux following the Dakota Conflict of 1862; and authorizing the transcontinental railroad in 1864. Each of these developments resulted in controversy and repercussions that affect both indigenous peoples and immigrant descendants to this day.

Among the 80 presenters from 15 different states this year will be several professional scholars, including Gary Clayton Anderson, University of Oklahoma, author of two books about the Minnesota Conflict of 1862; Ed Bradley, an editor of The Papers of Abraham Lincoln; Lakota author Elizabeth Cook-Lynn, who has written about Lincoln’s Native American policy; David Martinez, Arizona State University, author of Dakota Philosopher: Charles Eastman and American Indian Thought; and Timothy Good, author of The Lincoln-Douglas Debates and The Making of a President.

Augustana students Lauren Jones (Pipestone, MN), Emma Abbott (Sioux Falls), Claire Jaenisch (Clara City, MN), Dan Schoen (Maple Grove, MN), and Clarissa Thompson (Sioux Falls) will present and/or chair sessions. Augustana faculty/administration participating are Debbie Hanson, Jeffrey Johnson, Patrick Hicks, Ronelle Thompson, Kay Christensen, and Tim Hoheisel.

The Northern Plains Autograph Party on Saturday, 11:50 am–1:00 pm, will include 22 authors, many of whom have written books about Lincoln.

Robert Steensma, author of Wallace Stegner’s Salt Lake City, will introduce a new film on Wallace Stegner, narrated by actor Peter Coyote. Steensma, University of Utah, is one of the scholars interviewed in the film.

The Dakota Conference is supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities, and this year’s conference is endorsed by the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission.

For conference details or to register for the event, call 605.274.4007, e-mail Harry Thompson, or see the program online.


Harry Thompson
Center for Western Studies
Phone: 605.274.4007
harry.thompson@augie.edu