CALENDAR OF EVENTS

April – June, 2019

 April 3: Vanished South Dakota: Towns of Yesterday – A preview of South Dakota Public Broadcasting’s newest documentary, Vanished South Dakota: Towns of Yesterday. Vanished South Dakota, which is now in production with a release date later this year, will tell the stories of many towns which were once thriving centers of commerce but have since nearly or completely disappeared from the map.  This special pre-screening will feature stories of Black Hills towns, Tinton and Terry, as well as a discussion with producer Stephanie Rissler on her inspiration, creative process, and travels throughout South Dakota as she discovers more and more of these disappearing towns and talks to former residents and neighbors.  Days of ’76 Museum; 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. For more information visit: www.sdpb.org/vanished/

April 4: A Night at the Brewseum Deadwood History presents an event modeled after Comedy Central’s popular series Drunk History.  Enjoy a social sponsored by Crow Peak Brewing Company, tour the Carriage Gallery, and participate in beer drinking entertainment with a presentation on Beer and Brewing in South Dakota: 1862 – 1942 from Ken Stewart, Archives Research Administrator, South Dakota State Archives.  Days of ’76 Museum; 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.; $15 per person plus tax includes two beers, snacks, and entrance to the museum. Advance reservations are required.  Must be 21 or over.  Purchase tickets online at DeadwoodHistory.com/brewseum or by calling 605-722-4800. 

April 11: Preservation Thursday: A Brief History and Resurrection of Older Farming Methods and Ancient Grains – A Path Forward to Local Milling of Local GrainsOwner of Belle Valley Ancient Grains and a fifth-generation South Dakota Agriculturist, Brian Stambaugh, will provide a brief review of farm methods, grains, and milling practices in South Dakota from the late 1800s to present.  Homestake Adams Research and Cultural Center; 12:00 p.m.; admission by donation.

April 13: Mountain Lion Workshop – Students are invited to learn about mountain lions, one of the most popular species within the big cat family.  With the help of the South Dakota Game, Fish, and Parks Cougar Crate, students will discover where mountain lions live, what they eat, and why they are an important part of the environment.  Students will also learn how humans moving into mountain lion territory can affect their population and what to do if they encounter a mountain lion in the wild.  Light refreshments will be provided.  For students in grades K-6.  Adams Museum; 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.; $6 for members and $11 for non-members.  Scholarships are available.  Reservations required.  Please call Amanda Brown, Education Director, at 605-578-1657 for reservations. 

April 27: Patsy’s Day – Attention dog and cat lovers! Share in this annual celebration honoring Patsy, the beloved terrier of William Emery Adams. Guests who make a donation of dog/cat food will receive free admission to the Historic Adams House. Tours for 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. All donations benefit the Twin City Animal Shelter. For more information, please call 605-578-3724.

May 2: Preservation Thursday: Legends Never Die: Deadwood – the Movie, the Podcast, the Legacy  HBO’s fan-favorite TV show, Deadwood, returns this spring to the small screen for one final experience with the characters who populated the famous mining town.  Chris Wimmer, creator of the Legends of the Old West podcast, presents a program on the long-awaited conclusion of the iconic TV show, and compares and contrasts it with the true events of Deadwood history as they were told on his podcast.  Homestake Adams Research and Cultural Center; 12:00 p.m.; admission by donation.

May 12: Mother’s Day Tours In honor of Mother’s Day, the Historic Adams House and 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 3-7: Art Camp — Be part of an exciting and unique experience to discover your inner artist.  This camp will focus on elements of art: color, form, line, shape, space, texture, and value.  Campers will learn a variety of ways by which they can create original works of art, get inspiration from real life artists, and become familiar with several different styles of art.  Camp starts and concludes at the Days of ’76 Museum.  For students going into grades 4-6; 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.; $40 for members and $50 for non-members plus tax.  Scholarships are available.  Reservations required.  Please call Amanda Brown, Education Director, at 605-578-1657 for reservations.    

June 11-13: Critter Camp – Discover the wildlife of the Black Hills and learn about the habitats, environments, and ecosystems of the animals that call the Black Hills home.  Students will also learn about animals native to the Black Hills and some that were introduced to the area.  Camp starts and concludes at the Days of ’76 Museum.  For students going into grades 1-3; 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.  To learn more information about camp fees and to make reservations, please contact Amanda Brown, Education Director, at 605-578-1657.  Reservations required. 

June 14: History on the Lawn: The Illustrated Life and Times of Wild Bill Hickok Author Bob Boze Bell will give the inside skinny on the man who created the prototype of the Western gunfighter. He will talk about the genesis of the legend and who benefited the most.  Bell will also get into the weeds about the HBO® Deadwood series and who actually deserves credit for creating that world. Hint: it wasn’t who you think it was!  Bring a lunch and enjoy the Historic Adams House lawn; 12:00 noon; admission by donation.  In case of inclement weather, the lecture will be moved to the Homestake Adams Research and Cultural Center (HARCC).

June 14: Bob Boze Bell Book Signing – In celebration of Wild Bill Days, Bob Boze Bell will sign copies of his book, The Illustrated Life and Times of Wild Bill Hickok.  Chock full of great art, rare photos, authoritative history, and that unique dose of Boze whimsy that True West Magazine readers have come to expect.  A must have addition to every Western collection.  Adams Museum; 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.; admission by donation. Please call 605-722-4800 for more information. 

June 17-21: Game Camp – If you like outdoor games, board games, card games, and dice games, then Game Camp is for you. Play games with your friends, invent new games to teach other campers, and learn the history behind some of your favorite games.  Camp starts and concludes at the Days of ’76 Museum.  For students going in to grades 4-6.  9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.; $40 for members and $50 for non-members plus tax.  Scholarships are available.  Reservations required.  Please call Amanda Brown, Education Director, at 605-578-1657 for reservations. 

June 20: Northern Hills Community Band Concert – Relax and unwind to the sounds of the Northern Hills Community Band.  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 24-28: Wild West Camp – Explore what life was like as a cowboy, a pioneer, a miner, a Native American, and a Victorian in the Black Hills.  Students will experience how different people lived in South Dakota during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries with hands-on experiences and activities. Camp starts and concludes at the Days of ’76 Museum.  For students going into grades 4-6; 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.; $40 for members and $50 for non-members plus tax.  Scholarships are available.  Reservations required.  Please call Amanda Brown, Education Director, at 605-578-1657 for reservations.