The University of South Dakota's department of history hosted the 42nd annual Student History Conference on April 26. USD's history department and the local chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, the national honor society in history, sponsored the event.
This year's conference marked the 50th anniversary of USD's chapter of Phi Alpha Theta. In recognition of this milestone, the society's president, Thomas Alexander, addressed participants in a plenary session. Twenty-seven undergraduate and graduate students from eight colleges and universities throughout the region presented or commented on papers. The winning authors earned certificates and book awards.
Jennifer M. Reiva, a student at Buena Vista University, and Sarah Riley, a student at Creighton University, received awards during the conference. Reiva won the prize for best paper in history before the 20th century with her piece titled, "Severe, Pale, Somber, and Melancholy: The British Governess in the Nineteenth Century." Riley won the prize for best paper in 20th-century history with her piece titled, "Americans Discover America: The WPA and Public History."
For more information about the Student History Conference and USD's history department, please contact Clayton Lehmann, professor of history, at (605) 677-5573 orclehmann @usd.edu.