John Miller

John Miller taught US history at South Dakota State University for 29 years. He is currently working on a political biography of George McGovern.

He joins Dakota Midday to discuss the Dakota Conference on Northern Plains History, Literature, Art and Archaeology at the Center for Western Studies in Sioux Falls. The theme for this year’s conference is “World War II Comes to the Northern Plains.”

Jon Lauck is chair of the Midwestern History Association. He is an author, a professor, and a lawyer. He has written several books, including "The Lost Region: Toward a Revival of Midwestern History."

John Miller is an author, historian, and professor. His "Small-Town Dreams: Stories of Midwestern Boys Who Shaped America" was released in 2014.

Lauck and Miller join Dakota Midday host Lori Walsh to discuss the importance of Midwestern studies ... why it matters and what needs to be done to create a thriving field of study that values the places we call home.

Cara Hetland SDPB

The Midwestern History Association was created this past fall to advance the study of the American Midwest and to give the region a stronger voice in the American historical profession. The organization's first president, Jon Lauck, says he thinks the association will be the inspiration for many future books, articles and dissertations focusing on the Midwest. Lauck is author of  The Lost Region: Toward a Revival of Midwestern History.