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2014 Governor's History Conference An Uncommon History- Schedule

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Saturday, October 18, 2014

8:00-8:30 a.m.


8:30-8:45 a.m.

Introductions & Opening Remarks

8:45-9:30 a.m.

An Uncommon History:Looking Back and Forward by Merlan Paaverud
Thirty years and a variety of jobs have given me an opportunity to develop perspectives about North Dakota’s recent history. I will share an overview of points in time that made an impact on my world and a then take a short look into the future.

9:30-9:45 a.m.


9:45-10:30 a.m.

North Dakota Studies For Everyone by Neil Howe
Before the legislation
PPTV, ND Humanities Council, Center for Distance Learning
4th, 8th, High School, Habitats
Partners, providers
New 8th Grade and the website
The future
North Dakota’s elementary, secondary, and college students have been formally learning about our state’s history, geography, and government for more than 100 years. We often refer to this course of instruction as NORTH DAKOTA STUDIES. This discussion will focus on the many initiatives that been advanced during the last century and highlight the many resources that have been developed and made available by the North Dakota Studies program at the State Historical Society, including the launching of the newest initiative, North Dakota: People Living on the Land, a new grade 8 curriculum.

10:30-11:15 a.m.

Here's to You Mr. Robinson by Kim Porter
Explores the study of North Dakota history over the nearly 60 years since the publication of Dr. Elwyn B. Robinson’s seminal History of North Dakota.  Along the way, the presenter (Porter?) posits what Robinson may have gotten wrong, what he may have gotten right, where the study of the state’s history is headed, and why we should care.  After all, in Paul Simon’s lyrics the purpose for our studies is revealed: “We’d like to help you learn to help yourself”.

11:15 a.m. - 11:45 p.m.

Paleontology Meets the Paintbrush by Becky Barnes
Gallery Visits
What does it take to create the artwork in museum exhibits? Come take a look behind the curtain. From fossils to figures, bones and stones, maquettes and miniatures – learn about some of the methods used to produce the artwork in the Adaptation Gallery: Geologic Time.

11:45-12:00 p.m.

Local History Awards

12:00-12:15 p.m.

State Historical Society of North Dakota Foundation Annual Meeting

12:15-12:50 p.m.

Free lunch for all registrants, hosted by the SHSND Foundation

1:00-1:45 p.m.

Special Delivery: The Significance of Post Offices in Rural Communities by Amy Phillips, Steven Bolduc, with Photographs by Wayne Gudmundson
In 2013, Amy Phillips, Steve Bolduc, and Wayne Gudmundson traveled 10,000 miles crisscrossing North Dakota to visit Rural communities. While Gudmundson photographed post office buildings and residents in over 70 communities, Phillips and Bolduc intervened nearly 40 people in over 30 town about how they view the role of the post office in their communities. This presentation will discuss the themes that emerged from the interviews while showing some of Gudmundson’s post office photographs and interviewee portraits.

1:45-2:30 p.m.

The Father of North Dakota's Petroleum Industry: The Thomas W. Leech Story by Clarence Herz
What makes someone the father of an industry? They have to give that industry life where it did not exist before. When the Big Viking well, being drilled near Tioga, in Williams County North Dakota, ran out of money the drilling stopped and the industry died. There was, but one person in the entire country interested in seeing North Dakota become an oil producing state. That person was Thomas W. Leach. Tom Leach’s story is one of perseverance, determination, and fortitude. It is an American story, and it starts in Oklahoma in 1928.

2:30-2:45 p.m.


2:45-3:30 p.m.

Famous People Everywhere Are From Places Just Like These by Steve Martens
North Dakota is is a remarkable place for people to learn the lessons that will potentially launch them on a lifetime of achievement and giving, where they become leaders and contributors to their local community or famous people of international influence. This presentation will disclose how buildings can reveal stories about shared values and ultimately engage learners in appreciating local community through history and heritage.

3:30-4:15 p.m.

Lakȟóta Horse Culture—Šuykáwakȟay Wičhóay by Dakota Goodhouse
It all began with the horse. Hunting and warfare changed almost overnight. Once the horse gained footing on the Great Plains, the spirit of the mustang was born. European explorers brought the horse with them to the New World as a utilitarian animal, but to the Lakota, the arrival of the horse served as a reminder to hold respect for the mystery of creation. Explore Lakota horse culture from its arrival to the Northern Great Plains to the reservation era.

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