CALENDAR OF EVENTS

January – March 2020

January 23: Preservation Thursday: Railroading in Territorial Times Director of the South Dakota State Railroad Museum, Rick Mills, will talk about a series of classic railroad images dating back to the beginnings of rail transportation on the High Plains in the 1860s, as well as some favorite rail images from the South Dakota State Railroad Museum collection.  Homestake Adams Research and Cultural Center; 12:00 p.m.; admission by donation.

February 1: Chinese New Year – Gung Hay Fat Choy! Happy Chinese New Year! Celebrate Chinese New Year and the year of the rat. Participants will create a project to take home, eat Chinese style food for lunch, and be a part of a red envelope ceremony. For students in grades K-6. Homestake Adams Research and Cultural Center; 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.; $6 for members and $11 for non-members plus tax.  Reservations required. Please call Amanda Brown, Education Director, at 605-578-1657 for reservations.

February 3: Night of the Arts: Speech and Debate – Students from Lead-Deadwood High School Speech and Debate Team will perform their Oral and Interpretation pieces to practice for their competition. Homestake Adams Research and Cultural Center; 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Please call Amanda Brown, Education Director, at 605-578-1657 for more information.

February 7: Calamity’s Shindig: Deadwood History’s Fundraiser – No one threw a better party than Calamity Jane.  Join us for musical entertainment by Kenny Putnam and Boyd Bristow; Jena Sierks as the adventurous wildcat of the West, Calamity Jane, and Andy Moser as Marshal Con Stapleton; heavy hors d’oeuvres catered by Cheyenne Crossing; Chubby Chipmunk Hand-Dipped Chocolates; cash bar and live auction.  Homestake Adams Research and Cultural Center; 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.; admission $40 per person.  Purchase online at DeadwoodHistory.com or call 605-722-4800.

February 10: Night of the Arts: Band – Students from Lead-Deadwood High School Band who are participating in the Region 8 Solo and Ensemble competition will perform a concert to practice for their competition. Homestake Adams Research and Cultural Center; 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.  Please call Amanda Brown, Education Director, at 605-578-1657 for more information.

February 20: Preservation Thursday – In Line with Mighty Forces: Ida Crouch-Hazlett’s Black Hills Woman Suffrage Campaign – From April to August of 1898, Ida Crouch-Hazlett, a professional woman suffrage organizer with the National American Woman Suffrage Association (NAWSA), toured the mining towns of the Black Hills. She traveled by herself through these communities, attempting to revive local suffrage organizations, develop leadership, and raise funds for the statewide campaign. Throughout her travels, she corresponded regularly with the leadership of the state Equal Suffrage Association, updating them on her successes and perceived failures. These letters not only document the ups and downs of life on the campaign trail, they also provide unique insight into the 1898 campaign, the struggles that existed between the state and national suffrage organizations, and the difficulties of campaigning in a rural state.  The lecture will be presented by Black Hills State University Professor Kelly Kirk.  Homestake Adams Research and Cultural Center; 12:00 p.m.; admission by donation.

March 19: Preservation Thursday: Homestake Water System Past and Present – Curt Betcher will present a program on the Homestake water system which was first constructed in the early 1880s by Homestake Mine.  Water was required in larger quantities for expansion of Homestake and other mines in the Lead-Deadwood area.  George Hearst purchased the mine in the late 1870s and knew that much more water was needed.  Homestake constructed over 30 miles of wood flume gravity fed systems from as far away as the north tributary of Rapid Creek.  The flume system was replaced in the 1910s with clay title pipe.  A pump station was added to pump water from Spearfish Creek to Whitewood Creek.  The system is still in use under the ownership of the Lead Sanitation District.  It supplies all the water to the Lead-Deadwood area.  Homestake Adams Research and Cultural Center; 12:00 p.m.; admission by donation. 

March 21: Quilting Workshop – Celebrate National Quilting Day and discover how quilting became a popular pastime for South Dakota and Deadwood residents.  Participants will learn about the South Dakota Star pattern and its importance in Lakota history, create quilting patterns, and learn the basics of sewing together quilt pieces.  Light refreshments provided. For students in grades K-6. Days of ’76 Museum; 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.; $6 for members and $11 for non-members plus tax.  Reservations required. Please call Amanda Brown, Education Director, at 605-578-1657 for reservations.