January 10, 2018

Bernie Williams Award for History Winners

DEADWOOD – Deadwood History, Inc. is proud to announce the winners of the 2018 Bernie Williams Award. Bernie Williams was a strong supporter of the communities of Lead and Deadwood, an advocate for children, and a dear friend of the Deadwood History museums. When she passed away in 2009, Bernie left a legacy in hope and historic preservation. The Bernie Williams Award for History honors her legacy by offering a full calendar-year scholarship to all Deadwood History youth and family programs for the winning students.

Lead-Deadwood students in grades K-6 were asked to create a diary imagining they were a pioneer in 1876 Deadwood. Students included a decorative cover and one to two pages of daily entries describing their lives. All entries will be on display in February 2018 at the Homestake Adams Research and Cultural Center.

Seven scholarships were awarded this year to first graders, Mamie Fuller and Alora Vig, second graders, Lauren Dagit and Tessa Bilyeu, third grader, Seeley Fuller, and sixth graders, Alexis Richards and Kaitlyn Martin. All projects were creative and highlighted some very unique ideas. On behalf of Deadwood History and Bernie Williams, congratulations to all 2018 award winners.

Congratulations to these innovative students. Deadwood History is deeply grateful to the late Bernie Williams for inspiring our youth to treasure their communities, art, and history.


We inspire 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.

Adams Museum, Days of ‘76 Museum, Historic Adams House, and Homestake Adams Research and Cultural Center (HARCC).

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