South Dakota History Conference in Pierre focuses on food, including beer and ice cream
About 140 people registered for the South Dakota State Historical Society’s annual history conference which opened Friday at the Ramkota convention center in Pierre, said Michael Lewis, president of the Society.
It continues today, Saturday, on this year’s theme - "Everyone Eats: South Dakota’s Food Heritage."
The idea, said keynote speaker Susan Evans McClure, is that since most people eat from time to time, looking at food is a good way to look at the wider and deeper history of any culture, whether a community, a state or a nation. McClure is director of the Smithsonian Food History Programs at the National Museum of History.
This weekend includes old traditions of food in the state and what’s going on still.
Jerome Kills Small, Reva, showed the audience foods and herbs used by Lakota people and spoke of how the Lakota used food in ceremonial ways and why buffalo meat is so great.