2008 Schell Lecture at The U to feature author, history professor

VERMILLION, S.D. -- Dan Flores, Ph.D., A.B. Hammond Professor of Western History at the University of Montana, will deliver the 2008 Schell Lecture at The University of South Dakota on Sept. 25 at 7:30 p.m. in the Freedom Forum Conference Center of the Al Neuharth Media Center.

Flores’ lecture is an illustrated look at the western horse trade during the late 18th and early 19th centuries entitled, "Bringing Home All the Pretty Horses: The Horse Trade of the Early American West, 1775-1825." Flores publishes primarily on the environmental history of the American West, the art history of the West, and Native American history. His book, "Horizontal Yellow: Nature and History in the Near Southwest," was a finalist for two literary prizes. "Visions of a Big Sky," a book on the historic art and artists of the Northern Rockies, and "The Sacred Circle," an environmental history of bison in the West, are both in progress.

Sponsored by the USD Department of History, the Schell Lecture is named after Dean Herbert S. Schell (1899-1994), who served the Department of History, The University of South Dakota and the State of South Dakota for 43 years. Schell provided leadership as department chair from 1946 to 1955 at USD. From 1936 to 1964, he administered the Graduate School serving first as director and then as dean. Following his retirement, Schell served as University Archivist and received the title Dean Emeritus in 1969. Among other honors, he was presented the Will G. Robinson Memorial Award and was inducted into the Western Writers Hall of Fame for his work in western and South Dakota history.  Schell was also the first scholar to receive the annual South Dakota Cowboy and Western Heritage Hall of Fame Writer of the Year Award in 1983.

For more information about the 2008 Schell Lecture, please contact The University of South Dakota Department of History at (605) 677-5218 or visit the department’s website at www.usd.edu/history/.