NSU logo next to portrait of author Jon Lauck

ABERDEEN, S.D. – Author Jon Lauck will visit Northern State University this month to discuss his new book, “The Good Country: A History of the American Midwest 1800-1900.”

Lauck’s visit, sponsored by the NSU Center for Public History and Civic Engagement, will take place at noon Wednesday, April 26, in the Beulah Williams Library Round Room.

The event, part of the NSU Noon Forum series, is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided.

The Good Country, published by the University of Oklahoma Press, provides a first-ever chronicle of the Midwest’s formative century. The book has been reviewed by the Washington Post, Wall Street Journal and national political columnist George Will.

Lauck grew up in South Dakota and earned his Ph.D. in history from the University of Iowa and his law degree from the University of Minnesota.

“Jon Lauck has a passion for South Dakota and Midwest history. He is on a one-man mission to tell the story of our state and region,” said Dr. Jon Schaff, Director of the Center for Public History and Civic Engagement. “‘The Good Country’ is an outstanding book that has achieved national attention. Jon is a dynamic scholar and speaker. We’re honored to have him on our campus.”

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Northern State University is a student-centered institution that provides an outstanding educational experience, preparing students through the liberal arts and professional education for their future endeavors. A regional university, Northern offers rigorous academics; diverse civic, social and cultural opportunities; and a commitment to building an inclusive environment for all points of view. Northern also offers a broad-based athletics program, sponsoring 15 NCAA Division II intercollegiate varsity sports that compete in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (NSIC). The university strives to enrich the community through partnerships such as its Educational Impact Campaign, which opened a new South Dakota School for the Blind and Visually Impaired; new athletic and recreation fields; and an on-campus regional sports complex. With the $55 million campaign, NSU has been the recipient of more than $150 million in privately funded building projects and scholarships within a decade. To learn more, visit NSU Admissions.