April – June, 2021
April 17: Patsy’s Day – Attention dog and cat lovers! Share in this annual celebration honoring Patsy, the beloved terrier of William Emery Adams. Guests who make a donation of pet food or any product for the Twin City Animal Shelter will receive free admission to the Historic Adams House. Tours on Patsy’s Day are hourly; the first tour leaving at 10:00 a.m. and the last tour of the day leaving at 4:00 p.m. Photos of cats and dogs available for adoption will be on display. For more information, please call 605-578-3724. Masks are required and social distancing will be implemented.
April 22: Preservation Thursday: James K. P. Miller: The Savior of Deadwood – Author and historian, Dr. David Wolff, will discuss the career of Deadwood businessman, J. K. P. Miller. From the time he arrived in 1876 until the fire of 1879, he operated a successful grocery store and exchange bank, but as the town’s economic fortunes began to wane after the fire, he started speculating on real estate, mines, and railroads. In the process, he organized an investment syndicate which spent heavily in Deadwood and convinced the Burlington Railroad to build to town. His efforts brought the economic boost that Deadwood needed, leading some observers to label him the “savior” of Deadwood. Homestake Adams Research and Cultural Center; 12:00 p.m.; free for members and $5 for non-members. Masks are required, and social distancing and limited admission will be implemented.
May 9: Mother’s Day Tours – In honor of Mother’s Day, the Historic Adams House and the Days of ‘76 Museum will offer free admission to visiting mothers. Show your mom how much you love her by sharing a tour of the beautifully restored Victorian home and explore vintage wagons and carriages in Deadwood’s newest museum. The museums are open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Please call 605-578-3724 or 605-578-1657 for more information.
May 13: Preservation Thursday: King of the Hills: The Untold Story of the Real Al Swearingen – The presentation will cover the life and times of Al Swearingen, who needs no introduction in Deadwood. Ellis Albert (Al) Swearingen left home at an early age to travel throughout the West, and his family heritage happened to provide some key connections which enabled his many ventures. He died in Denver in 1904 under mysterious circumstances using an assumed name and was returned to Iowa accompanied by a brother. Al was buried a few miles from the family farm in an unmarked grave, forgotten for a century. David Milch, intrigued by the legend of the lawless town, created the acclaimed HBO® Deadwood series in 2004 with Ian McShane portraying Al Swearingen. The lecture is presented by Robert (Bob) Harrison, whose great-great-grandmother was Swearingen’s older sister. Swearingen was born in Oskaloosa, Iowa, as was Bob Harrison. As one of Swearingen’s closest living relatives, Harrison has been researching the family 20 years and feels he has uncovered a great story. Homestake Adams Research and Cultural Center; 12:00 p.m.; free for members and $5 for non-members. Masks are required, and social distancing and limited admission will be implemented.
June 14-18 and June 21-25: Archaeology Camp – Campers are invited to assist in a real archaeological dig and help uncover Black Hills history. This experiential camp will focus on site history, the restoration process of an on-site cabin, and the importance of archaeology. Lessons in orienteering, mapping, and cataloging artifacts will be conducted. Students should be prepared to work in the dirt, hike, and be outside all day. Camp starts and concludes at the Homestake Adams Research and Cultural Center and archaeology work will be conducted at the Pearson family property. For students going into grades 4-6; 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.; $45 for members and $55 for non-members (includes sales tax); price includes a camp t-shirt. Reservations required. Please call Amanda Brown, Education Director, at 605-578-1657 for reservations.
June 18: History on the Lawn: The True West Thank You Tour – Author and Executive Editor of True West magazine, Bob Boze Bell, has some stories to share about how Geronimo became the most famous Native American in the world and why paratroopers call out Geronimo’s name when they jump. Boze Bell will discuss his controversial third and final Billy the Kid book and why he doesn’t believe the official version of the Kid’s death. Bring a lunch and enjoy the Historic Adams House lawn; 12:00 noon; free for members and $5 for non-members. In case of inclement weather, the lecture will be moved to the Homestake Adams Research and Cultural Center (HARCC).
June 22: Northern Hills Community Band Concert – Break out the red, white, and blue for the Northern Hills Community Band concert. Enjoy live patriotic music and marches, as well as world-famous show tunes on the Adams House lawn. 7:00 p.m.; admission by donation. In case of inclement weather, the concert will be moved to the Homestake Adams Research and Cultural Center (HARCC).