Forts, Wars & Treaties on the Northern Plains

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Welcome! The Leland D. Case Library for Western Historical Studies in cooperation with the Old Fort Meade Cavalry Museum is pleased to sponsor “Forts, Wars and Treaties of the Northern Plains,” the first symposium in what is hoped to become an ongoing series.

Why a Symposium? The reasons for sponsoring a symposium are many, but first and foremost, it is meant to bring scholars and enthusiasts together to share insights and knowledge about the multifaceted history of the Black Hills and the Northern Plains.

A second goal is to highlight the historic resources and research materials available at the Case Library, at the Old Fort Meade Cavalry Museum, and in Deadwood’s archives and museums.

Another is to honor those who have made significant contributions to the region’s history. Jerome A. Greene is the featured guest at this inaugural symposium in recognition of his Honorary Doctorate received from Black Hills State University in December 2015.

An important objective is to raise scholarship money for BHSU History majors. Any money raised above conference expenses will be used to enhance the current Case Library scholarships and to establish a Jerome A. Greene Scholarship.

Finally, this gathering will hopefully enhance the camaraderie that already exists among Western historians.

Sponsors and Supporters are critical for the symposium’s success: Besides the Case Library and the Fort Meade Cavalry Museum, a big Thank You goes to these supporters:

Deadwood Historic Preservation Commission,
West River Foundation,
BHSU President Tom Jackson, Jr.,
E.Y. Berry Library—Learning Center, BHSU.

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Symposium Summary:

Thursday, June 1: Preconference Walking Tour of Deadwood & Opening Reception on the BHSU campus in Spearfish.

Friday, June 2: Plenary Sessions, Luncheon Presentation, Book Signing and Special Collections Tour.

Saturday, June 3: All-day tour of Fort Meade Historic Sites and Bear Butte.

Presenters and Topics:

Jerome A. Greene: “Unbounded Ambition: Colonel Nelson A. Miles as Revealed in His Private Correspondence with General William T. Sherman during the Sioux and Nez Perce Campaigns, 1876-1877”.

Paul Hedren: “A Bloody Spring: Mayhem on the Black Hills Roads and the Dawning of the Great Sioux War.”

Eli Paul: “Sign Talker on the Northern Plains: Lieut. Hugh L. Scott of the Seventh Cavalry.”

Randy Kane: “Spotted Tail and the Black Hills: Practical Diplomat”

Donovin Sprague: “Lakota-Cheyenne Views of Major Battles vs. the U.S., 1866-1877.”

Paul Higbee: “The Life and Work of Historian Leland Case.”

Randy Bender: “Fort Meade and the Black Hills.”

Mike Her Many Horses: “Sacred Sites in the Black Hills.”

Jace DeCory: “Mato Paha: Sentinel of the Northern Plains”.

Meals: Conference registration includes two lunches and breaks. Other meals may be purchased individually at one of Spearfish’s many restaurants.
If you have special dietary restrictions please notify David Wolff a week in advance of the symposium,

Accommodations: The Spearfish Holiday Inn is the conference hotel. A block of rooms has been set-aside at a conference rate of $84.99 per night, plus fees and taxes. The rooms will be held until May 1, please make reservations by then. Either call at 800-999-3541 and mention the “Case Library Symposium,” or book online at and use the group code CLS.
Many other hotels are available in Spearfish. Information is available upon request.

Parking: Ample free parking is available on the BHSU campus. A map of campus is available on the BHSU web site.

For Questions or More Information: Contact David Wolff at, Bobbi Sago at 605-642-6361, or visit the web site:


Thursday, June 1

If you arrive early, there is a Preconference Walking Tour of Deadwood.

1 p.m.-4 p.m.

Preconference walking tour of Deadwood led by David A. Wolff Meet at Homestake-Adams Research and Cultural Center, 150 Sherman St. in Deadwood. Travel to Deadwood in personal vehicle, ample free parking in Sherman St. parking lot. (There is a separate charge for the walking tour.)

Conference Begins

5 p.m.-7 p.m.

Registration and Reception with Open Bar, sponsored by
BHSU President Tom Jackson, Jr.
Joy Alumni Center, 1351 St. Joe St., Spearfish, BHSU campus

Friday, June 2

8:00 a.m.

Registration reopens, Jonas Hall, Room 305

8:30 a.m. - Noon

Plenary Sessions, Jonas Hall, Room 305

Noon - 1:30 p.m.

Luncheon in Jacket Legacy Room, BHSU Student Union Presentation by Jerome A. Greene, 2015 Recipient of Honorary Doctorate, Black Hills State University, (Lunch included in registration fee).

1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Plenary Sessions, Jonas Hall, Room 305

3:00 p.m.

Comments in memory of John D. McDermott by Jerome A. Greene

3:15 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Author Reception, Book Signing, and Tours of Case Library for Western Historical Studies, in the E.Y. Berry Library--Learning Center, BHSU.

Saturday, June 3

9:00 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Tour of Fort Meade Cavalry Museum, Fort Meade, and Bear Butte State Historical Site. Box lunch part of registration. Meet at the Fort Meade Cavalry Museum. Transportation to area sites will be arranged at the museum.

Thank you sponsors