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UW-Eau Claire Hosts 40th Annual Northern Great Plains History Conference

RELEASED: Sept. 16, 2005

EAU CLAIRE — For the first time in more than 20 years, historians will gather in Eau Claire for the Northern Great Plains History Conference.

The 40th annual conference — expected to attract more than 250 participants — is slated for Sept. 28-Oct. 1 at the Plaza Hotel & Suites Conference Center in Eau Claire.

"We're incredibly excited about having it in Eau Claire," said Robert Gough, a University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire history professor and one of the event's organizers. "It's the kind of event that typically attracts history faculty, graduate students and other historians. But there are sessions planned that will be of interest to anyone with an interest in history."

For example, among the 56 sessions to be offered is a series of programs about military history, as well as sessions on the history of breweries in the Upper Midwest, race and baseball, and farm life, Gough said.

"We're trying to bring as much of Wisconsin into it as we can since it will likely be another 10 to 20 years before the conference will be back here again," Gough said.

A conference banquet is slated for 7 p.m. Sept. 30 in the Two Rivers Ballroom. The featured speaker will be Donald Ritchie of the United States Senate Historian's Office and the author of the recently published book, "Reporting from Washington: The History of the Washington Press Corps." The topic of his address will be "Reassessing Joe McCarthy."

For details about the conference, contact Robert Gough at (715) 836-4690 or goughrj@uwec.edu. For a schedule of conference sessions, go to the Web site.

UW-Eau Claire's history department and the Chippewa Valley Museum are among the program sponsors.

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JB

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