Are you ready for an innovative, entertaining and exciting way to experience history? Do you want to see living history at its best? If you do, then the play You Ain’t Heard Nothing Yet: Deadwood! is just what you’ve been looking for.
This original play, written by Deadwood History, Inc. (DHI) Exhibits Director Darrel Nelson, is set in 1920s Deadwood. The script examines the beginnings of Deadwood’s long and intertwined relationship with economic development and historic preservation. The play will show how this relationship began with the creation of the Days of ‘76 celebration and was solidified with the opening of the Adams Museum.
Fiddle champion Kenny Putnam and fancy picker Gordy Pratt will host an amazing evening of musical entertainment on the outdoor patio at the Days of ‘76 Museum on Friday, June 12 from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. The duo will play a variety of fiddle tunes, Brazilian classic, as well as popular and original songs. Tickets are $5.00 per person, and can be purchased at the door. Light snacks and a cash bar will be available. For more information call 605-722-4800. In case of rain, the party will be moved inside the Days of ‘76 Museum to the Mary Adams room.
Todd Douglas Miller's documentary Dinosaur 13 focuses on Peter Larson, a paleontologist whose life changes after he unearths the largest and most well-preserved Tyrannosaurus Rex fossil ever found. Larson ended up doing legal battle with other scientists and the federal government in order to keep control over this historic discovery.
Deadwood History will feature a screening of Dinosaur 13 on Thursday, June 4 at the Days of ’76 Museum at 7:00 p.m. The film is a documentary about the discovery of the largest and most complete Tyrannosaurus Rex fossil ever found. Admission is free for Deadwood History members and $5 for non-members.
Jerome Greene will host a discussion and readings from his book, American Carnage: Wounded Knee, 1890 on Thursday, April 23, 2015. Jerry Greene will offer an informal question and answer session on the mechanics of the on-site and repository research that went into the preparation of his book. He will take questions about South Dakota history and/or Indian wars history, as well as questions regarding his career as a research historian. Participants are asked to prepare specific questions dealing with elements of American Carnage or other books written by Greene, as well as the process of his research and writing of history.
The event will be held at the Homestake Adams Research and Cultural Center (HARCC) from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Admission is $5 for museum members and $10 for non-members. Reservations are appreciated; please call 605-722-4800.
In September of 1882, Crow Dog was arrested for the murder of Spotted Tail and brought to Deadwood. His case was the first one where an Indian was charged with a crime against another Indian within Indian Country. Although he was convicted of murder in March of 1882, Crow Dog remained a popular figure and actually became a part of the social fabric of Deadwood.
Each donation that arrives at Deadwood History makes a wonderful and interesting addition to the Black Hills narrative. Stories of individuals and families give us a greater understanding of our regional past. One of our recent donations helps tell this history by expanding on a couple of the prominent families in the area – the Andersons and the Frawleys.
The Days of ’76 Mercantile will host an Indoor Sidewalk Sale in February. The sale will offer a wide-variety of items at 50% off. Sale merchandise will include everything from hats, books and jewelry to soaps, lotions and home décor. These items must go to make room for the new batch of inventory that is arriving daily.
Don’t miss the opportunity to snag some amazing deals on Friday, February 20 through Sunday, February 22. The Days of ’76 Museum is open from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., so bring your family, friends and your kids and shop for some amazing deals!
Mikaela Fundaun will present a lecture on Deadwood and the Black Hills during the 1920s titled You Ain’t Heard Nothin’ Yet on Thursday, February 12, 2015, at 12:00 p.m. The presentation explores major events and trends in the area in comparison to what was happening nationally. Mikeala will discuss Prohibition, Edward Senn, civic stability, Deadwood’s rebranding and the Days of ‘76 celebration. The lecture will be hosted at the Homestake Adams Research and Cultural Center (HARCC), 150 Sherman Street, Deadwood.
Put on your boots and mosey on over to the best party of the year – Calamity's Shindig! Support Deadwood History and enjoy some great Irish musical entertainment provided by Kenny Putnam, Boyd Bristow, Mike Connor and Guy Gullickson; Sarah Jane Carlson as Calamity Jane; mouthwatering hors d' oeuvres catered by Cheyenne Crossing; and delectable Chubby Chipmunk Hand-Dipped Chocolates. A cash bar will be available. The live auction includes a Homestake gold coin, historic hand gun, vacation and golf packages, framed historic photographs, and so much more. The auction will be hosted by Deadwood Mayor, Chuck Turbiville. Come join the fun on Friday, January 23, 2015, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the Homestake Adams Research and Cultural Center (HARCC). Tickets are $35.00 per person and may be purchased by calling 605-722-4800. Advanced reservations are greatly appreciated.
Deadwood History will host three nights of festive events featuring a variety of holiday crafts and projects starting with an Ornament Workshop on December 5. December 12 will focus on Cookie Decorating. The final Festive Friday will be Kids Caroling on December 19. Children will ride the Deadwood trolley and carol at designated locations around the Deadwood-Lead community.