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Picnic on the Lawn: The Unsolved Murder of Di Lee, Deadwood’s China Doll

DEADWOOD – Enjoy a picnic and lecture on the lawn of the Historic Adams House on Friday, June 21, 2013 at 12:00 noon. Historians Jerry Bryant and Bill Markley will host a presentation on the unsolved murder of Di Lee, Deadwood's China Doll with a brief discussion on the archeological dig on Lower Main Street's Chinatown district in Deadwood.

Di Lee, known to many as Deadwood's China Doll, was a woman of mystery. She was rich, single and was purported to be the most beautiful woman in Deadwood. During the night of November 27, 1877, Di Lee was murdered after she answered a knock on her door. What was the motive? Who were the men involved? Bryant and Markley will delve into Deadwood's Chinese community and present the facts of this unsolved cold case.

Bill Markley works for the Department of Environment and Natural Resources. Since moving to Pierre, Markley has immersed himself in local history, and reenacting Civil War infantry and frontier cavalry. He has written three books and articles for South Dakota, True West and Wild West magazines. Markley's first historical novel, Deadwood Dead Men, will be released this September in time for the South Dakota Festival of the Book, which will be held in Deadwood. Markley's magazine articles and books will be available for purchase following the presentation.

Jerry Bryant worked as a researcher for the Adams Museum & House. He was a historical consultant for the popular HBO® Deadwood series and was awarded three Emmy certificates for his assistance. Bryant earned a Master of Arts in Cultural Resources Management at Eastern Washington State University in 1997. Bryant wrote the foreword for Barbara Fifer's book, Bad Boys of the Black Hills. He and Fifer currently are collaborating on a new book.

The event is open to the public and is wheelchair accessible. Please call 605-722-4800 for more information. Water and soda will be available for purchase during the event. Parking for the Historic Adams House, 22 Van Buren Ave. is available in front of the historic home or in the Sherman Street parking lot next to the Homestake Adams Research and Cultural Center (HARCC). In case of inclement weather, the lecture will be moved to the HARCC, 150 Sherman St.


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