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History on the Lawn – The Past is Present

DEADWOOD – Deadwood History, Inc. and the Deadwood Historic Preservation Commission will host a presentation by Kary Janousek and family at 12:00 p.m. on Friday, June 14, 2024, at the Historic Adams House, 22 Van Buren Street, Deadwood. The event is free for members and $5 for non-members. Please bring a lunch and a chair. In case of inclement weather, the lecture will be moved to the Homestake Adams Research and Cultural Center (HARCC). 

Portrait photographer and artist Kary Janousek from Fargo, North Dakota, will touch on the historical beginnings of photography and how it affected society. Explaining briefly the process of wet plate collodion and its specific role in history from the 1850s to the late 1880s, and why it still has a place in modern society today. The demonstration will pose a sitter, creating the plate, taking the exposure, and then fixing it on site for people to see the results. Three addition sittings will be sold for $75 per sitting at 2:30, 3:00, and 3:30 p.m. 

Kary Janousek has pursued a variety of interests throughout her life, but after modeling for a series of ambrotypes she decided to focus on photography. She studied the historic wet plate collodion process in 2019 and took her first glass image that autumn. Janousek opened her first studio in 2020 in Maplewood, North Dakota, and a little over a year later, she moved her natural light Victorian studio to downtown Fargo, North Dakota, where she continues to work and operate her online vintage and antique hat business part-time. Janousek has had 11 solo art exhibitions in the last four years of practice. She has been featured in art and photography podcasts, international photographic magazines, regional newspapers, and local TV and radio programs. She was awarded the TAP grant with the Arts Partnership in 2021 for her work with the Cass County Historical Society, and she won the annual Rourke Art Museum Midwestern Exhibition in 2023. In 2024, she is focusing on visiting historical sites across the state that honor the past and that support family friendly community activities during her Silver Lining Tintype Tour. 

History on the Lawn is co-sponsored by the Deadwood Historic Preservation Commission, Adams-Mastrovich Family Foundation, Deadwood History, Inc., Deadwood Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau, Black Hills Pioneer, and the Silverado Franklin Historic Hotel & Gaming Complex.                                                       

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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, The Brothel Deadwood, and Fassbender Photographic Collection. 

Deadwood History offers Free Mother’s Day Tours

DEADWOOD – In celebration of Mother’s Day, Deadwood History, Inc. is offering free tours of the Adams Museum, the Days of ‘76 Museum, and the Historic Adams House to all mothers on Sunday, May 12, 2024.  For more information call the Adams Museum at 605-578-1714, the Days of ‘76 Museum at 605-578-1657, or the Historic Adams House at 605-578-3724.

Travel through three floors of dynamic exhibits at the Adams Museum that shine a light on Deadwood’s legends and outlaws, chronicle the city’s progress and its notorious businesses, and detail the advancement of frontier transportation.  Discover Potato Creek Johnny’s original gold nugget and explore the beautiful and unique natural history of the Black Hills.  The Adams Museum is self-guided and open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  The museum is located at 54 Sherman Street.

The Days of ’76 Museum documents the celebration and PRCA award-winning rodeo.  The museum also features exceptional exhibits of stagecoaches and carriages, historic firearms, rare Native American artifacts, and illustrates Deadwood’s enduring friendship with Buffalo Bill Cody.  The museum is self-guided and open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  The Days of ‘76 Museum is located at 18 Seventy Six Drive. Free parking is available.

The meticulously restored Queen Anne-style Victorian mansion was home to two prominent Deadwood pioneers:  Harris Franklin and W.E. Adams.  Discover Deadwood’s transition from a raucous mining camp to a civilized society as told through the lives of the Franklin and the Adams families. Guided tours of the Historic Adams House are offered daily at the top of the hour from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  The Adams House is located at 22 Van Buren Street.

Deadwood History is supported in part by its members, sponsors, the Deadwood Historic Preservation Commission, and the Adams-Mastrovich Family Foundation.

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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.

Summer Hours for Deadwood History, Inc.

DEADWOOD – Deadwood History, Inc. (DHI) will begin summer hours May through September with the Adams Museum and the Days of ’76 Museum open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.   The Historic Adams House is open daily with guided tours from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  The Brothel Deadwood is open daily with guided tours from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.  The museums welcome groups of 10 or more with advance reservations.  For group tour information, please call 605-722-4800.

Admission to the Adams Museum is by donation; the Days of ’76 Museum is $10 for adults, $5 for children ages 6 – 12 and free to children 5 and under; the Historic Adams House is $12 for adults, $5 for children ages 6 – 12 and free to children 5 and under.  Discount museum passes are available through October online at DeadwoodHistory.com or at all three museums, The Brothel Deadwood, the Deadwood Welcome Center, and the History and Information Center for $22 per adult for the Trio pass. 

Admission to The Brothel Deadwood is $15 per person.  Suggested for individuals 16 years old and older.  Purchase tickets online at DeadwoodBrothel.com or call 605-559-0231 to schedule your tour.  Tickets are also available at the museum registers and the Deadwood Visitor Centers. 

The Homestake Adams Research and Cultural Center (HARCC) is open from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.  Please call 605-722-4800 for more information. 

Free admission is offered to the Adams Museum, Days of ’76 Museum, and Historic Adams House for all Deadwood History members.  Membership helps fund a variety of museum programming by providing history enrichment opportunities to thousands of children and adults both locally and globally.  Every form of support, whether it is an individual membership or a donation, is deeply appreciated.  Memberships can be purchased at DeadwoodHistory.com or by calling 605-722-4800.

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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.

Preservation Thursday: Preservation Thursday: Boozers, Brothels, and Bare-Knuckle Brawlers: Buffalo Bill’s Little Known Business Partner

DEADWOOD – Deadwood History, Inc. and the Deadwood Historic Preservation Commission will host a presentation by author Kellen Cutsforth on Thursday, May 2, 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 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. 

Kellen Cutsforth will present an entertaining and informative look at the early days of Buffalo Bill’s Wild West show. It covers the adventures in America of an Englishman who became an unlikely partner in Buffalo Bill’s Wild West and helped save the business from early financial ruin. 

Kellen Cutsforth is the author of numerous books about the Old West with an emphasis on Buffalo Bill’s Wild West. He provides ghostwriting services for numerous books and publications. Cutsforth has had more than fifty articles featured in such publications as Wild West, True West, and is currently a columnist for Western Writers of America’s Roundup magazine. He lives with his family in Littleton, Colorado.

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.        

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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.

Patsy’s Day at the Historic Adams House

DEADWOOD – Deadwood History, Inc. will host Patsy’s Day at the Historic Adams Houseon Saturday, April 20, 2024, in honor of William Emery Adams’ beloved terrier, Patsy, and to benefit the Twin City Animal Shelter.  Visitors donating any pet product or who make a monetary contribution for the shelter will receive free admission to the beautifully restored 1892 Queen Anne-style home.  Tours are given at the top of the hour from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  For more information, call 605-578-3724.  Photos of cats and dogs available for adoption will be on display. For information about adopting a four-legged friend, please call the Twin City Animal Shelter at 605-584-2480.

The event is co-sponsored by Deadwood History, Inc., Deadwood Historic Preservation Commission, Adams-Mastrovich Family Foundation, and the Deadwood Chamber & Visitors Bureau.

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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.

Preservation Thursday: History, Mystery, and more!  Stories and Tales of the Frawley Ranch and Spearfish

DEADWOOD – Deadwood History, Inc. and the Deadwood Historic Preservation Commission will host a presentation by Alan Maas and JR Hamblet on Thursday, April 11, 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 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. 

Alan Maas and JR Hamblet will give a presentation on the history of the Frawley Ranch and their experiences with Hank Frawley prior to his passing. Maas will also cover the mystery of the Thoen stone and how it shaped his writing of The Kind Whisper

Alan Maas has been a farmer, a forester, a builder, a teacher, and a billboard rancher.  He became interested in software when he built the first digital billboard network in the nation. The software interest led Maas to create Nexus USA. Nexus USA was a biometric payment system before its time. When his dad was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and was unable to use his computer, Maas sought out a solution which has evolved into a software download that allows biometric access to the computer and its applications with the touch of a finger. 

The Kind Whisper is a combination of stories Maas has gathered over many years wrapped
together with the true history of why our ancestors ventured into the American west and what
happened to them or didn’t happen to them, there lies the mystery. The story is based around the discovery of the Thoen Stone.

JR Hamblet is a Northern Black Hills native. During college he chased his dream of playing golf.  After college, he pursued the professional ranks for several years before making the decision to pursue the ranks of golf professionals rather than that of professional golf.  Hamblet became a PGA Member in 1997 and today is a Life Member of the Association.  After spending eight seasons as the Head Golf Professional at Meadowbrook Golf Course in Rapid City, he was hired as the Head Golf Professional at Elkhorn Ridge which lies in the northwest corner of the five-thousand acre ranch.  He fell in love with the vastness and incredible history that spanned the ranch.  His mentor and teacher was Mr. Henry “Hank” Frawley.  Frawley provided Hamblet with an in-depth education of the history and lore of what was, the Frawley Ranch. 

In 2016, Hamblet became the Operations Manager over the entire Frawley Ranch overseeing a Top-100 RV Resort, a Championship Golf Course and of course, two housing developments and the additional three-thousand acres of stunning beauty that so many people know and love as the Frawley Ranch.

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.        

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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.

Spring Hours for Deadwood History, Inc.

DEADWOOD – Deadwood History, Inc. (DHI) will begin spring hours on April 2 – April 30, 2024, with the Adams Museum, the Days of ’76 Museum, and the Historic Adams House open from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. The museums are closed on Sundays and Mondays. The Brothel Deadwood will offer tours from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday, with the last tour of the day at 6:00 p.m. The museums welcome groups of 10 or more with advance reservations. For group tour information, please call 605-722-4800.

Admission to the Adams Museum is by donation; the Days of ’76 Museum is $10 for adults, $5 for children ages 6 – 12 and free to children 5 and under; the Historic Adams House is $12 for adults, $5 for children ages 6 – 12 and free to children 5 and under. Admission tickets can be purchased in advance online at DeadwoodHistory.com, the museum gift shops, and the Deadwood Visitor Centers.

Admission to The Brothel Deadwood is $15 per person. Suggested for individuals 16 years old or older. Purchase tickets online at DeadwoodBrothel.com or call 605-722-4800 for more information. Tickets are also available at the museum gift shops and the Deadwood Visitor Centers.

The Homestake Adams Research and Cultural Center (HARCC) is open from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Free admission is offered to the Adams Museum, Days of ’76 Museum, and Historic Adams House for all DHI members. Membership helps DHI fund a variety of museum offerings by providing history enrichment opportunities to thousands of children and adults both locally and globally. Every form of support, whether it is an individual membership or a donation, is deeply appreciated. For information on becoming a member please call 605-722-4800.

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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, The Brothel Deadwood, Homestake Adams Research and Cultural Center, and the Fassbender Photographic Collection.

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