Deadwood History Fall Events

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October – December, 2019

October 4-5, 11-12, and 18-19:  Paranormal Investigations of the Adams House – Join Deadwood History and Black Hills Paranormal Investigations (BHPI) for an exclusive ninety minute paranormal investigation of one of Deadwood’s most haunted sites.  Learn the history behind the darker stories associated with the historic home and search for paranormal activity using night vision cameras, full spectrum cameras, digital audio recorders, periscopes, laser grids, Para Music Box, binoptic anomaly camera, Ovilus, and EMF meters.  Investigations are offered at 6:00, 7:30, 9:00, and 10:30 p.m. Tickets are $35 and the price includes a t-shirt.  You must be at least 12 years old to participate.  Ages 12 – 16 must be accompanied by an adult.  Psychic readings with Heart & Soul Healing Arts will be available following each tour in the gentleman’s smoking room for $20 per person.  Must be at least 18 to participate and limited to eight people per session.  Advance reservations are required.  Purchase tickets online at or call 605-722-4800 for more information.   Sponsored in part by a grant through Black Hills Energy. 

October 17: Preservation Thursday: Tom O’Day South Dakota Humanities Council Speaker’s Bureau Scholar, Ray Maple, will present a program on one of the least known members of the infamous Hole-in-the-Wall Gang, Tom O’Day.  During the wild outlaw years of 1888-1910, Tom was an active participant in many of the bank and train robberies that occurred in Wyoming, South Dakota, Colorado, and Utah.  He also had a passion for good horses, especially those that belonged to others.  O’Day participated in a failed bank robbery attempt in Belle Fourche, South Dakota.  He ended his outlaw career when he was caught rustling horses belonging to South Dakota Governor-elect B.B. Brooks.  Although quick tempered and good with a gun, O’Day never killed anyone.  He had a colorful career, but didn’t receive the notoriety that Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid received.  Homestake Adams Research and Cultural Center; 12:00 noon; admission by donation. 

November 14: Preservation Thursday: Theodore Roosevelt and the Women Who Influenced His Philosophy on Women’s Suffrage – Theodore Roosevelt’s views of masculinity are readily apparent in his love of the outdoors, hunting, conservation, Dakota ranching, and leadership including his engagement as Colonel in the Spanish American War. Much less is known about his views concerning women, his expectations of their societal roles and duties, and the evolution of his beliefs on women’s right to vote.  These views were influenced by the women in his own family, beginning in early childhood and later as a young adult. As Roosevelt entered political life, his interactions with social reformers while President, and later as a Progressive presidential candidate, broadened his philosophy regarding women’s roles, rights, and duties.  This lecture, presented by Cindi Penor Ceglian, will examine the importance of the strong and influential women in Roosevelt’s life and their impact on his views concerning legislation on women’s suffrage.  Homestake Adams Research and Cultural Center; 12:00 noon; admission by donation.

November 15 – 16:  Snoozeum – Strap on your thinking cap to help Deadwood History solve the Mystery at the Snoozeum.  Explore the field of forensic science, use deductive reasoning to come to conclusions, and work with fellow detectives to help crack the case and figure out who killed Wild Bill Hickok in a life-size game of Deadwood Clue.  For students in grades 3-7.  Dinner, breakfast, and snacks provided.  The Snoozeum will take place at the Days of ’76 Museum. 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 a.m.; $20 for members and $25 for non-members plus tax.  Scholarships available.  Reservations required.  Please call Amanda Brown, Education Director, at 605-578-1657 for reservations.

December 7: Holiday Open House – You are invited to Deadwood History’s annual Holiday Open House at the Days of ’76 Museum from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The Open House includes children’s activities, great holiday gifts for family and friends, free museum access, and photos with Santa.  Refreshments will be served. Admission is free. For more information, please call 605-722-4800.

December 14: Holiday Gift Workshop – Students are invited to make homemade gifts for the holiday season.  Participants will choose from a variety of ideas to create handmade gifts for family and friends.  Make a natural photo holder, highlight unique art in magnets, create colorful coasters, craft traditional holiday ornaments, and more.  Packaging and wrapping paper will also be available. Light refreshments will be provided.  The workshop will take place at the Days of ’76 Museum.  10:00 a.m. to 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.


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