Thirty-one graduate and undergraduate students from six colleges and universities throughout the region presented or commented on papers. The winning authors earned certificates and book awards.

Michael Hoff, Hixon-Lied Professor of Art History at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, delivered the plenary address, “Pirates and Romans: Ancient Cities and Rough Cilicia.”

The conference was sponsored by the USD history department and the local chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, the national honor society in history.

The categories and winners:

Premodern History

Sam Reuland, University of South Dakota

“The Battle of Salamis: How Themistocles and Athenian Politics Influenced Tactics”

Twentieth Century (tie for first place)

Katherine Feller, University of South Dakota

“The Treaty of Versailles: Historiography and Historical Themes”

Zoey Reisdorf, Buena Vista University

“Irrational Behavior or a Rational Reaction?: The Origins of North Korean-South Korean Relations, 1945-1953”

Women's History (tie for first place)

Elizabeth Lynam, University of South Dakota

“The Effects of Advertising on Women and the Emergence of the Problem with No Name in the 1950s Women’s Magazines”

Stephanie Anders, Buena Vista University

“An Enduring Answer to 'The Woman Question': How Republican Motherhood Paved the Road to First-Wave Feminism”

U.S. History

Jason W. Rogers, Creighton University

“Policy, Prejudice, and Protest: A New Look into the History of the 477th Bombardment Group”

Civil War (tie for first place)

Sonia Hernandez, University of South Dakota

“Abraham Lincoln's Liberty”

Hilary van Noort, Creighton University

“Fallen Soldiers, Grieving Fathers, and Failed Systems: The Struggle to Create the U.S. Ambulance Corps During the Civil War”

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