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Preservation Thursday: Sanford Underground Research Facility (SURF): Delivering Science Now and Into the Future

DEADWOOD – Deadwood History, Inc. and the Deadwood Historic Preservation Commission will host a lecture on the status of current science experiment activities and planned science projects at the Sanford Lab at 12:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 9, 2017, at the Homestake Adams Research and Cultural Center (HARCC), 150 Sherman Street, Deadwood. The event is wheelchair accessible. Please feel free to bring your lunch.

David Vardiman has been an experienced mining industry geological engineer for 39 years. He was employed by Homestake Mining Company for 21 years in various roles as an exploration and/or production geologist. In 1997, he began working with AngloGold Ashanti Gold Mining Company as the Cripple Creek and Victor Mining District Exploration Manager, Victor, Colorado. In 2006, Vardiman worked as the North American Corporate Exploration Manager with Quadra Mining Company, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, working at operations in Ely, Nevada, and in Region 2 of Chile, South America.

Vardiman and his wife, Debbie, returned to Lead in 2009 where he is currently employed with the South Dakota Science and Technology Authority as a Project Engineer managing excavation and ground support design. Beyond his interest in all things geological such as fossils and minerals, his hobbies include mining, military, and world history with a keen interest in mining stock certificates of which he owns a collection of over 300 individual certificates from the better known gold districts of the United States.

The lecture is co-sponsored by the Deadwood Historic Preservation Commission, Deadwood History, Adams-Mastrovich Family Foundation, Saloon No. 10, Fresh Paint, Homestake Mining Company, TDG, and South Dakota Humanities Council, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.


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Adams Museum, Days of ‘76 Museum, Historic Adams House, and Homestake Adams Research and Cultural Center (HARCC)

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