Deadwood History Calendar of Events July-September, 2020

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July – September, 2020

As Deadwood History, Inc. (DHI) moves forward we plan to phase in our programming in July. We will make necessary modifications, standards, and practices to these events in order to minimize the health effects of COVID-19.  Should we receive information from our local and state government that would prompt us to make adjustments to our programming schedule, DHI will notify our members and the media via email and post regular updates on our website and social media platforms.

July 17: History on the Lawn: Deadwood’s Historic Adams House: The Rest of the Story – Deadwood History, Inc. (DHI) was awarded a grant of $4,253 from the South Dakota Humanities Council to rewrite the Historic Adams House tour.  DHI hired author and historian, Paul Higbee, to rewrite the tour script.  Part of the grant obligation is to host a public program at which Higbee will describe the script-writing process and what visitors can expect when they take a tour of the Adams House as presented with the new script.  During the presentation, audience members can ask questions about the project, the families, and the house.  Please come and share your stories of the Adams House and its occupants.  Bring a lunch and enjoy the Historic Adams House lawn; 12:00 noon; free for members and $5 for non-members. Following Higbee’s presentation, Deadwood History will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Historic Adams House opening to the public by offering mini cupcakes and lemonade.  In case of inclement weather, the lecture will be moved to the Homestake Adams Research and Cultural Center (HARCC).

August 21: History on the Lawn: Black Hills Myths & Legends – From the wily – and some say dangerous – jackalope and the world’s largest mammoth grave to the legend of Lame Johnny’s $7.5 million in lost gold and the lingering mystery of the controversial Thoen Stone, Black Hills Myths & Legends pulls back the curtain on some of the Mount Rushmore State’s most fascinating and compelling stories. Join Deadwood historian and author Tom Griffith as he unravels some of history’s mysteries from his newest book.  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).

September 2: The West Speaks – In advance of the Western Writers of America convention in Rapid City, an award winning author Chris Enss will bring to life tales of some of the most legendary characters of the Old West.  Enss is a New York Times bestselling author, a scriptwriter and comedienne who has written for television and film, and performed on stage. Days of ’76 Museum outdoor patio; 6:00 p.m.; free for members and $5 for non-members.   In case of inclement weather, the presentation will be moved inside to the Mary Adams Room at the Days of ’76 Museum.

September 12:  Family Day Workshop – Deadwood History, Inc. will host a Family Day at the Days of ’76 Museum from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Families are invited to make their own succulent garden, learn how to create small pet toys, decorate cupcakes, and make mini photo holders.  Light refreshments will be provided.  This workshop is free for all families.  Reservations are required.  Please call Amanda Brown, Education Director, at 605-578-1657 for reservations.

September 17: 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. Swearingen left home at an early age to travel throughout the West, and his Knickerbocker Dutch heritage happened to provide some key connections, silent partners, and financing for his many ventures. He died in Denver using an assumed name and under mysterious circumstances.  He is buried in Iowa in an unmarked grave, a few miles from the family farm. Swearingen was born in Oskaloosa, Iowa, as was our speaker, Robert (Bob) Harrison.  Harrison’s great-great-grandmother is Swearingen’s older sister, which makes Bob one of his closest living relatives. Harrison has been researching this branch of his family history for 20 years.  He shared Swearingen’s obituary with former Adams Museum & House researcher and author, Jerry Bryant.  Harrison has found what he believes is a great story.  Homestake Adams Research and Cultural Center; 12:00 p.m.; free for members and $5 for non-members.


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