Have you ever felt the hair on the back of your neck stand up? Do ghosts lurk in the shadows of the Historic Adams House? You can find these answers and many more by participating in a real paranormal investigation with Black Hills Paranormal Investigations (BHPI). The BHPI team will explain how to search for paranormal activity using night vision cameras, full spectrum cameras, digital audio recorders and EMF meters. BHPI will discuss analyzing the results of possible paranormal phenomena following the investigation of the historic home.
Paranormal Investigation tours of the Historic Adams House will be held on October 17 and 18 and October 24 and 25. These hauntingly fun tours are offered at 6:00, 8:00, 10:00 p.m. and 12:00 midnight. Tickets are $20 for members, $25 for non-members. You must be at least 16 years old to participate. Please call 605-578-3724 for reservations.
Be sure to check out the Early Automobiles in the Black Hills photograph exhibition in celebration of Kool Deadwood Nites at the Adams Museum. The exhibit is on display from Thursday August 21 to Sunday, August 24.
The exhibit honors the history of automobiles in the Black Hills from the early 1900s to the 1950s. The photographs document everything from car shows to every day vehicles. The exhibit includes photos of Fred Borsch pictured with his coyote, Tootsie, sitting on top of the Spot Liquor station wagon, as well as Buffalo Bill Cody on his horse next to a vintage car.
Deadwood History will host the first annual Deadwood Stagecoach Days: 1876 – 1890 on September 5-6, 2014, at the Days of '76 Museum and Rodeo Grounds. The event features stagecoach and freight wagon demonstrations, wagon show and dust off, talks by noted historians and wagon experts, musical entertainment, 19th century craftsmanship expo, old-fashioned games, tours of the Days of '76 Museum's carriage collection, chuck wagon meal and more.
Enjoy a picnic and lecture on the lawn of the Historic Adams House on Friday, July 18 at noon. South Dakota Humanities Council Speakers' Bureau Scholar, Dr. Brad Tennant, will discuss the history and culture of the Arikara, their role in intertribal trade, the impact of disease, their encounter with Lewis and Clark, and their conflicts with the U.S. government during the early fur trade era.
Dr. Brad Tennant is an Associate Professor of History at Presentation College in Aberdeen, South Dakota. In addition to his teaching assignments, Brad is an active researcher, writer and presenter on a variety of state and regional topics. Brad is serving his fourth term on the Board of Trustees of the South Dakota State Historical Society, where he is currently the president of the board.
Enjoy a lecture on the lawn of the Historic Adams House with Ivan Hovland and Kevin Kuchenbecker on Friday, June 20, 2014, at 12:00 p.m. as they examine the history of firearms in the Black Hills. In case of inclement weather, the lecture will be moved to the HARCC, 150 Sherman Street.
Any study of western frontier history would be incomplete without some knowledge of the firearms the pioneers carried and used. The intention of the presentation is to afford fleeting insights of the types of guns used in the settlement of the Black Hills. As with any historical research, the historian would be advised to become acquainted with the vernacular of the times and take even "first hand" accounts with the proverbial "pinch o salt".
Deadwood History's Adams Museum will host a wild and crazy book sale this weekend to celebrate Wild Bill Days! Stop by the Adams Bros. Bookstore and enjoy exceptional savings on books from 40 – 50% off on Saturday, June 14 and Sunday, June 15. The Adams Museum is open daily, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Deadwood History, Inc. has a lot of exciting activities to offer the public this summer – everything from lectures and summer camps to living history programs and concerts on the Historic Adams House lawn.
Deadwood History, in partnership with the Deadwood Historic Preservation Commission, kicks off the youth summer camp series in June. Exploration Camp offers youth in grades K-2 the opportunity to learn about rodeo clowns, gardening and more. Camp Chief Eagle provides campers in grades 3-7 the opportunity to experience the art of hoop dancing from master Lakota hoop dancer, Dallas Chief Eagle. During Science Camp, K-6 grade students will study plants, and learn how they grow in Deadwood History's green house. Art Camp for grades K-6, allows artists to experience lessons on drawing, watercolor, sculpture and more.
Deadwood History, Inc. received a $1,000 Montana-Dakota Utilities Co. (MDU) Environmental Community Opportunity Fund (ECO) grant. The grant supports Project Greenhouse, an ongoing education program at Deadwood History.
Project Greenhouse fits with MDU's support of the natural and physical sciences. The greenhouse is located behind the Days of '76 Museum and serves as a living laboratory for students in grades K-12. Project Greenhouse enables students to gain an understanding and appreciation for how food goes from the ground to the dinner table. Not only do students plant, care for and harvest plants, they learn about soils, plants that grow in higher elevations and the history of gardening in the Black Hills. The greenhouse is used for summer camps, weekend workshops, school tours and high school senior projects.
Project Greenhouse partners include Deadwood History, Inc., Montana –Dakota Utilities Co., Adams-Mastrovich Family Foundation and Deadwood Historic Preservation Commission.
In honor of W.E. Adams' beloved dog Patsy, and to benefit the Twin City Animal Shelter the Historic Adams House will host Patsy's Day on Saturday, April 26. Visitors donating pet food or pet products for the shelter will receive a free tour of the beautifully restored 1892 Queen-Anne style Victorian home. Tours are given on a first come, first served basis, departing every hour from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. For more information, please call (605) 578-3724. Photos of cats and dogs available for adoption will be on display. For information about adopting a pet in need or to make a monetary contribution, call the Twin City Animal Shelter at 605-584-2480. The event is funded in part by the Deadwood Historic Preservation Commission, Deadwood History, Adams-Mastrovich Family Foundation and Black Hills Pioneer.
Please consider joining the Deadwood History, Inc. (DHI) volunteer program and become an integral part of the Adams Museum, Days of '76 Museum, Historic Adams House and Homestake Adams Research and Cultural Center. As you may know, volunteers play a critical role in the well-being of a community and its historic resources.
Deadwood History has a wide variety of volunteer opportunities for the museum, history and/or research lover. Our volunteers assist with visitor services, help conduct youth and adult programs and tours, and work behind the scenes. Volunteers are paired with staff to further the goal of offering history and culture in our communities and to our visitors.
In conjunction with National Volunteer Month, Deadwood History will honor current volunteers and invite new volunteers to attend a social gathering on Thursday, April 24, 2014, at 4:00 p.m. in the Mary Adams Program room at the Days of '76 Museum. Refreshments will be served.
We hope you grab this opportunity and will want to become a vibrant part of our museums and cultural center. Continuous training is provided throughout the year by our staff. For more information on how to become a Deadwood History volunteer, please visit our website at www.DeadwoodHistory.com or contact April Hoover at 605-722-4800.