About Deadwood History

About Us

About Us

Deadwood History

Through one of America’s toughest economic struggles, the determination of a man dedicated to the legacy of Deadwood’s historic past remained unwavering. In the aftermath of the devastating stock market crash of 1929 and the impending warnings of what would become the Great Depression, William Emery Adams personally financed the building of the Adams Museum. Upon completion of the project in 1930, he generously donated the museum to the City of Deadwood.

This single museum eventually grew into a nonprofit organization—Deadwood History, Inc.—that brings the legendary history of Deadwood to life at four unique properties:

  • Adams Museum
  • Days of '76 Museum
  • Historic Adams House
  • Homestake Adams Research and Cultural Center

Each property makes the history of Deadwood accessible to visitors through thought-provoking exhibits, personal and powerful stories of people, places, and events, and public programs for people of all ages.

Mission Statement

Deadwood History, Inc. inspires the global community by preserving and celebrating the cultural heritage of Deadwood and the Black Hills in the context of the American West through exceptional exhibits, innovative educational programs, and access to extensive collections in unique settings.