July 8, 2019

History on the Lawn: Dr. Donald McLaughlin, The Most Influential Man in Homestake Mining Company History

DEADWOOD – Deadwood History, Inc. and the Deadwood Historic Preservation Commission will host a presentation by David Vardiman, Sanford Underground Research Facility Project Engineer for Geotechnical Design and Excavation, at 12:00 p.m. on Friday, July 19, 2019, at the Historic Adams House. Please feel free to bring your lunch. For more information call 605-722-4800. In case of inclement weather, the lecture will be moved to the Homestake Adams Research and Cultural Center (HARCC), 150 Sherman Street, Deadwood.

David Vardiman will discuss Dr. Donald McLaughlin who became professionally associated with Homestake Mining Company at an early age. McLaughlin was contracted to investigate the geologic origins of the Homestake Gold Deposit. His investigation and subsequent interpretation of the deposit's genesis would provide defining guidance to the company's board of directors. At risk was the question as to if the Homestake Mining Company should expend hundreds of millions of dollars into capital development or close the mine forever. Spoiler alert! You already know the answer, but do you know “The Rest of the Story?”

David Vardiman has been an experienced mining industry geological engineer for 43 years. He was employed by Homestake Mining Company for 21 years in various roles as an exploration and/or production geologist. In 1997, he began working with AngloGold Ashanti Gold Mining Company as the Cripple Creek and Victor Mining District Exploration Manager, Victor, Colorado. In 2006, Vardiman worked as the North American Corporate Exploration Manager with Quadra Mining Company, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, working at operations in Ely, Nevada, and in Region 2 of Chile, South America.

History on the Lawn is co-sponsored by the Deadwood Historic Preservation Commission, Adams-Mastrovich Family Foundation, Deadwood History, Deadwood Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau, tdg Marketing & Public Relations, and Saloon No. 10.


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.

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