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Deadwood, SD − Since 2002, the Deadwood Historic Preservation Commission has helped promote the preservation and interpretation of historic sites, buildings, and properties throughout the state with the Outside-of-Deadwood Grant program. The program, which awards up to $100,000 each year, stimulates quality restoration, protection and interpretation of buildings, sites and properties that contribute to an understanding of Deadwood’s unique history. This total exceeds 3.8 million dollars.

In the past, Outside-of-Deadwood Grants have been awarded to South Dakota communities including but not limited to: Buffalo Gap, Sisseton, Dell Rapids, Hitchcock, Hot Springs, Gettysburg, Gregory, Lead, Pierre, Plankinton, Rapid City, Yankton, Spearfish, and Sioux Falls.

Grants are awarded over the course of two funding rounds each year in January and June. National Historic Landmarks or National Register properties owned and operated by a not-for-profit or governmental entity are welcome to apply. Other projects with a relationship to Deadwood’s history, organized by not-for-profits, are also encouraged to apply. Funds will typically not exceed $10,000.

Deadwood is pleased to announce that interested parties may apply for the second-round considerations by June 2, 2024. In order to be considered, applications must be delivered to the Deadwood Historic Preservation Office located at 108 Sherman Street, Deadwood, South Dakota 57732 on or before June 2, 2024. You may also apply on-line on the City of Deadwood website at www.cityofdeadwood.com. Questions should be directed to Kevin Kuchenbecker, Historic Preservation Officer or Bonny Anfinson, Historic Preservation Coordinator at (605) 578-2082 or [email protected].

The Deadwood Historic Preservation Commission is organized to promote a comprehensive program of historic preservation, including the use and conservation of historic resources for education, inspiration, pleasure, and enrichment of the citizens in Deadwood and visitors to the area. For more information on the Deadwood Historic Preservation Commission please visit www.cityofdeadwood.com or call (605) 578-2082.

Education Intern


Education Director


10 Weeks, May-August 2024 (start and end date to be determined). Monday – Friday, including an occasional Saturday.


Deadwood History, Inc. is excited to announce an opportunity for a dynamic and motivated individual to join our team as an Education Intern for the summer. As an Education Intern, you will have the chance to actively contribute to the planning and execution of educational programs while gaining valuable hands-on experience in the field of education.


• Assist the Education Director in developing and implementing engaging educational activities and curriculum for summer youth programs.

• Assist with giving guided tours to school groups.

• Supervise small to medium size groups of students in grades K-7.

• Research programming to enhance educational content and stay updated on relevant topics.

• Communicate effectively with families as well as students.


• Enrolled in an accredited educational program in the fall 2024-2025 school year. Focus on education, teaching, or a related field helpful but not mandatory.

• Passionate about fostering a positive learning environment for children.

• Excellent communication skills.

• Strong organizational abilities, attention to detail, and deadlines.

• Excellent speaking skills and enjoy being outdoors.

• Operate office equipment, including a computer, copier, telephone, and security system.

• Willingness to work flexible hours.

• Ability to work collaboratively in a team-oriented setting.


Capable of lifting 30 pounds. Able to bend, reach, stoop, stand, climb stairs, and/or walk over varied terrain for extended periods of time, and exposure to outdoor elements is necessary, at times. Must be able to see, hear, and speak effectively (with or without reasonable accommodations).


If you are a dedicated and enthusiastic individual with a passion for education, we invite you to apply for this PAID summer internship opportunity. Please submit your resume, cover letter, and references outlining your interest and qualifications to [email protected] by March 27, 2024.

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DEADWOOD – Deadwood History, Inc. and the Deadwood Historic Preservation Commission will host a presentation by author Phyllis Cole-Dai on Thursday, March 21, 2024, at 12:00 p.m. at the Homestake Adams Research and Cultural Center (HARCC), 150 Sherman Street, Deadwood. The event is free for members and $5 for non-members. Please feel free to bring your lunch. To become a member and take advantage of these and many more opportunities, memberships can be purchased at DeadwoodHistory.com or by calling 605-722-4800. Every form of support, whether it is an individual membership or a donation, is deeply appreciated.

Hear captivating stories based on Beneath the Same Stars, a historical novel written by Phyllis Cole-Dai. The novel dives into Minnesota’s 1862 U.S. – Dakota War from the perspective of Sarah Wakefield. Sarah was a doctor’s wife who got caught up in the conflict. Audience members will learn about a largely forgotten war that still haunts the Upper Plains.

Phyllis Cole-Dai began pecking away on an old manual typewriter in childhood and never stopped. She has authored or edited more than a dozen books in multiple genres, “writing across what divides us.” Her second novel, The Singing Stick, is forthcoming in September. Originally from Ohio, she currently resides with her scientist-husband and two cats in a 130-year-old house in Brookings, South Dakota. She invites you to join The Raft, her online community on Substack, where members ride the river of life, buoyed by the arts and spiritual practice (phylliscoledai.substack.com). Learn more at her website, phylliscoledai.com.

Preservation Thursday is made possible by the Deadwood Historic Preservation Commission, Adams-Mastrovich Family Foundation, Deadwood Alive, Deadwood Chamber & Visitors Bureau, Deadwood History, Inc., Deadwood Mountain Grand, and the Black Hills Pioneer.


Deadwood History, Inc. preserves and presents the history of Deadwood and the Black Hills through exceptional places, interactive exhibits, and engaging events.

Adams Museum, Days of ’76 Museum, Historic Adams House, Homestake Adams Research and Cultural Center (HARCC), The Brothel Deadwood, and the Fassbender Photographic Collection.

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