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2019 Symposium

On Friday, June 21, 2019, CBHMA will host its 32nd Annual Symposium moderated by Vince Heier.

Historical research papers will be presented that relate to the Little Big Horn battle, its participants or events immediately prior to or following the battle.

Please send proposals to present a paper at this forum to:

Dale Ramsey, 25311 South 88th Ave., Frankfort, IL


(815) 469-0878

All proposals must include the title of the paper and a synopsis of the non-fiction subject (not to exceed 250 words) and must be submitted by February 1, 2019, to be considered.

Up to five papers will be selected for presentation and those authors will be notified by March 1, 2019.

For papers selected the authors will prepare: 1) a manuscript (typed, double-spaced, 3500 words maximum, properly foot- or end-noted), 2) a CD or DVD containing a text file of the paper (preferred text MS Word) and a separate file containing photos and images, and 3) and a short (250 words maximum) biography. Photos and images should not be embedded in the text.

The author (or his/her designee) will present the paper at the Symposium in Hardin, Montana. Following their presentation, papers will be edited and published in a single volume, copies of which may be purchased for a nominal fee.

At the symposium the author, or his/her designee, will provide Dale Ramsey with two copies of the completed manuscript and the CD or DVD containing the text files, the photo/image file and the author's biography. The author will sign a  release (provided by CBHMA) on the day of the symposium. (The release allows the Association to a one-time authorization to publish the paper in its annual symposium book.) The author will receive a free copy of the symposium book following publication.

The symposium, starting at 9:00 a.m., will be held on June 21, 2019, at the Centre Theater located at 318 N. Centre Ave, Hardin, Montana. A lighted podium with a sound system will be provided. A projector and computer system will be available for PowerPoint presentations. The author is responsible for any standard or special connecting cables. The author may also meet with the theater owner, Kerry, on Thursday, June 20, after 4 p.m., to ensure the author's equipment is compatible with the theater's system.

The author will have 45 minutes to present the paper -- a question and answer session will be held after each speaker. A photograph will be taken of all of the speakers for publication in the Association's quarterly newsletter The Battlefield Dispatch

The symposium is from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. with an hour break at noon for lunch. The audience is typically about 100 people and most of whom are very knowledgeable about Custer and the 7th Cavalry. The author will have an opportunity to edit his/her paper following the symposium. The edited manuscript, in electronic form (email), can be submitted to Ron Nichols no later than October 1, 2019, for inclusion in the 2019 symposium book -- edited manuscripts submitted after that date may not be included in the 2019 book.

During the past 32 years many excellent papers have been presented, but by no means have all subjects concerning this controversial battle been covered. Potential authors whom have an avid interest in these events are encouraged to choose a subject, do a little research and write a paper. The process is not difficult and it may provide an opportunity to express a different viewpoint or opinion on an important aspect of the battle.


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