2014 Conference Invitation to Bismarck, ND

Submitted by Sandi Bates, Conference Publicity Chair, Bismarck State College

In 1883, Theodore Roosevelt came to the Dakota Territory to hunt buffalo but found himself captivated by the land and its people.  Between 1883 and 1887, he owned two ranches where he spent most of his time working the land and living the cowboy life.  He grew physically and mentally strong in those years and later said, “It was here that the romance of my life began.”

View from University of Mary in Bismarck, ND. Photo taken by Travis Schulz.

View from University of Mary in Bismarck, ND. Photo taken by Travis Schulz.

Nearly a century and a half later the North Dakota Library Association Health Sciences Information Section invites you to travel west to North Dakota and experience it for yourself.  Join us in Bismarck on October 10-14, 2014 and explore – new ideas, new people, new places. If you’ve never visited North Dakota, this conference will give you a chance to experience our western style of life while expanding your professional knowledge in the company of your peers.

North Dakota is rich with cultural heritage that includes sites dedicated to President Theodore Roosevelt, the Mandan Hidatsa Indians, George Armstrong Custer, along with explorers Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, and their interpreter Sakakawea. Now experiencing the state’s second oil boom, the Bakken formation, it is also experiencing rapid growth in both cultural activity and infrastructure.

Bismarck is the capital city and is located along the Missouri River. Combining city life with a rural experience, visitors can enjoy local eateries along with stores featuring North Dakota made items. During the fall the river bottom will be a riot of color with the flash of flying pheasants and bounding deer. You may also explore the rugged Badlands located within a two-hour drive. The state’s Heritage Center, the showcase of North Dakota’s treasures, is undergoing a renovation and will be re-opening at the time of the conference.

The oil boom activity has made getting to Bismarck sometimes a challenge. Be sure to book your flight and motel early to insure you can arrive and partake in all the conference will have to offer.

We invite you to visit the conference website to stay abreast of all the upcoming plans and announcements for programming and speakers.

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