April 7: Preservation Thursday: How I Met Your South Dakota Weather – KOTA-TV’s Chief Meteorologist, Rhonda Lee, is the most Googled meteorologist in the world, because she changed the world. Her hair journey is a big part of what makes her the weather nerd she is today. Lee recognizes safety first and will talk about severe weather safety and much more in a lively conversation. Homestake Adams Research and Cultural Center; 12:00 p.m.; free for members and $5 for non-members.
April 16: Patsy’s Day – Support our furry friends. Share in this annual celebration honoring Patsy, the beloved terrier of William Emery Adams. Guests who make a donation of any pet 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.
May 5: Preservation Thursday: Remember Christmas? – The presentation by South Dakota Humanities Council’s Speakers Bureau Scholar Phyllis Schrag is a sequel to If You Have to Grow Up, It Might as Well Be in a Small Town and Baseball, Preachers, and Funerals. This “storytelling” type lecture is a humorous yet poignant look at small town life in winter and especially around Christmas. There is the annual Christmas Eve church program presented by the Sunday school children, the caroling, and the famous Christmas sack of peanuts and hard candy. The reminisces include a poignant story of a special and unusual Christmas gift. Audiences who have enjoyed the previous two programs will find this a nostalgic trip back in time. However, it can serve as a stand-alone program for any audience. Homestake Adams Research and Cultural Center; 12:00 p.m. The event is free.
May 8: 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.
June 6-10 and June 13-17: 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). Scholarships are available. Reservations required. Please call Carolyn Weber at 605-722-4800 for reservations.
June 10: History on the Lawn: John S. McClintock: From Pioneer Days to Deadwood Historian – Like so many, John S. McClintock arrived in Deadwood in 1876, ready to strike it rich. Unlike many who struck it rich or struck out, McClintock stayed in Deadwood, going on to become a well-known citizen of the new town, starting businesses, a family, a stagecoach line, and more. In 1939, he published Pioneer Days in the Black Hills: Accurate History and Facts Related by One of the Early Day Pioneers. Come hear about this early Deadwood resident and Black Hills historian from Laura Beard, one of his relatives who is doing her own research on McClintock, Deadwood, and the Black Hills. 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 16: 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 Historic 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).
June 17: History on the Lawn: True Lies – Wild Bill and Calamity Jane, Crazy Horse, and Custer: Why do we remember these legends and is any of it true? If you live as long as Bob Boze Bell has (75 years), you will find that many facts will be disproven, especially in the Western history field. What we believed fifty years ago, turns out to be false. Even more crazy is the fact that the heroes of the last century are the villains of this one! As the Old Vaqueros are fond of saying, “The past is a foreign country. They do things differently there.” Join Bob Boze Bell, author and executive editor of True West magazine, and find out why. 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).