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Papers Sought for the 2009 Dakota Conference

SIOUX FALLS – The Center for Western Studies at Augustana hosts the 41st annual Dakota Conference April 24-25, 2009. The conference theme is Abraham Lincoln Looks West.

Proposals for papers and sessions addressing the impact of Abraham Lincoln and the Lincoln Administration on the West, particularly the Northern Plains, are welcome. Papers and sessions addressing other themes related to the region are also sought.

The year 2009 marks the bicentennial of Abraham Lincoln’s birth, and the nation will be celebrating the Lincoln Legacy in many ways—visit the Lincoln Bicentennial Web site.

During his administration, President Lincoln brought fundamental change to the Northern Plains region, appointing two Dakota Territory governors, encouraging settlement through the passage of the Homestead Act of 1862, pardoning hundreds of 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.

Send one-page paper or session proposal with title, brief description, and biographical sketch, along with presenter name, address, phone number, and e-mail address, to Dr. Harry F. Thompson, Dakota Conference Director, The Center for Western Studies, Augustana College, 2001 S. Summit Avenue, Sioux Falls, SD 57197, or by emailProposals are due on or before February 2, 2009.

Cash awards of $150 and $100 in professional, amateur, and student categories will be presented again this year. Available for the first time is the Carol Martin Mashek Award in Women’s History of the Great Plains.