January – March 2022

January 13: Preservation Thursday:  Charles Windolph: Experiences with the US 7th Cavalry – Nineteen-year-old Charles Windolph immigrated to the United States in 1871 from the Lower Saxony region of northwestern Germany and enlisted in the 2nd US Infantry that same year. The following year, he began an eleven-year enlistment with the 7th US Cavalry, which included the 1873 Yellowstone Expedition, Custer’s 1874 Black Hills Expedition, and the 1876 Battle of Little Bighorn. Windolph‘s actions at the Little Bighorn resulted in his being awarded the Medal of Honor and eventually the Purple Heart.  His military unit also assisted with the removal of miners trespassing in the Black Hills as well as going to New Orleans to subdue the increasingly violent activities of the Ku Klux Klan. Windolph is interred at the Black Hills National Cemetery.  The presentation is by South Dakota Humanities Council’s Speakers Bureau Scholar Brad Tennant. This presentation is part of Tennant’s On This Day In South Dakota History series.  Homestake Adams Research and Cultural Center; 12:00 p.m.; free for members and $5 for non-members.

February 10: Preservation Thursday:  Lucretia Marchbanks – “Who Is Aunt Lou?” asked the New York Daily Stock Report of 1881.  The Black Hills Daily Times of December 12, the same year reported, “We’ll Tell You Who She Is!” Lucretia Marchbanks, formerly enslaved by the Marchbanks family from Tennessee, made her way to several gold rush sites before making her home in the Black Hills.  This remarkable woman worked at a variety of hotels and boarding houses making a name for herself as being hard-working, dependable, a good judge of character, and humble. “Aunt Lou” as she was known in the Hills, purchased and operated the Rustic Hotel at the foot of Sawpit Gulch near early Deadwood. Even after selling her business, it was still called, “Aunt Lou’s.” A savvy businesswoman, she purchased a homestead, proved it up and retired comfortably in Rocky Ford, Wyoming.  Historical interpreter, Joyce Jefferson, brings a Chautauqua performance of Lucretia Marchbanks.  In the Chautauqua style, Jefferson presents Lucretia Marchbanks as she tells stories about her life, and the audience can interact with “Aunt Lou” as if she were alive today.  Homestake Adams Research and Cultural Center; 12:00 p.m.; free for members and $5 for non-members.

February 11: Calamity’s Shindig: Deadwood History’s Fundraiser – No one threw a better party than Calamity Jane.  Join us for musical entertainment by Kenny Putnam, Dalyce Sellers, and Gordy Pratt; Carla Blomberg 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 auctions.  Homestake Adams Research and Cultural Center; 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.; admission $50 per person.  Advance reservations required.  Purchase online at or call 605-722-4800.

March 3: Preservation Thursday: Women . . . Are Not Taking Their Politics Lightly – Mabel Rewman arrived in Deadwood with a history of community involvement. She quickly became active in various local organizations, which connected her to the final woman suffrage campaigns in South Dakota. Through her work on these campaigns, Rewman became known for her leadership and speaking abilities. She also realized that access to the ballot opened new doors for social and political activism for women. Utilizing the networks and skills developed, Rewman stepped into new leadership roles, allowing her to continue to impact communities on a state and national level.  The lecture will be presented by Black Hills State University Professor Kelly Kirk.  Homestake Adams Research and Cultural Center; 12:00 p.m.; free for members and $5 for non-members.

Rose Speirs
Communications Director, Deadwood History, Inc.
PO Box 252
Deadwood, SD  57732