SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A group of historians has formed an organization whose goal is to increase the study of the Midwest.

The Midwestern History Association was launched recently at a conference in Sioux Falls with the stated mission of giving the region a stronger voice in the historical profession.

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The group’s first president is Jon Lauck, a South Dakota native and author of a new book entitled “The Lost Region: Toward a Revival of Midwestern History.”

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He says the association will lead to books, articles, conferences and dissertations focusing on the Midwest.

The Midwestern History Association is an outgrowth of the Midwestern History Working Group, which was created at a meeting of historians in October 2013 in Wisconsin. That group decided to transform itself into the Midwestern History Association.

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