Lessons from the South Dakota Dust Bowl

Learn how weather, soil, and agricultural practices affected the success and failure of homesteading as recounted in Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder by Caroline Fraser.

The panel discussion will take place Saturday, April 13, 2019, from 10 to 11 a.m. at Siouxland Libraries Downtown Library, 200 North Dakota Avenue. Panelists include Todd Heitkamp, National Weather Service meteorologist; Péter Kovács, assistant professor, precision agriculture cropping systems, South Dakota State University; and Thandiwe Nleya, assistant professor of agronomy, horticulture, and plant science, South Dakota State University.

In praise of Prairie Fires, Goodreads says, “Spanning nearly a century of epochal change from the Indian Wars to the Dust Bowl, Wilder’s dramatic life provides a unique perspective on American history and our national mythology of self-reliance.” The panel discussion will illuminate the effect of a seminal natural disaster, the Dust Bowl, on the lives of pioneers.

For more information, please call Siouxland Libraries Downtown Library (367-8700) or visit www.siouxlandlib.org.

If an ADA accommodation is needed, please contact the Human Relations Office at 605‑367‑8745 (voice), 605-367-7039 (TTY), or humanrelations@siouxfalls.org at least 72 hours before the event.

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