September 9, 2019

Preservation Thursday: A Friendship of the West: Seth Bullock and Theodore Roosevelt

DEADWOOD – Deadwood History, Inc. and the Deadwood Historic Preservation Commission will host a presentation by author and historian, Dr. David Wolff, at 12:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 19, 2019, at the Homestake Adams Research and Cultural Center (HARCC), 150 Sherman Street, Deadwood. The event is wheelchair accessible. Please feel free to bring your lunch.

Dr. David Wolff will look at how Bullock and Roosevelt met, what made them friends, and the events that solidified their friendship. When Roosevelt died in 1919, Bullock led the Society of Black Hills Pioneers in constructing the Roosevelt or “Friendship” Tower. The presentation will conclude with how that came to be and the symbolism Bullock placed upon it. Although one came from an aristocratic background and the other from a frontier gold camp, both men shared in the spirit of the West.

Dr. David Wolff is Professor Emeritus at Black Hills State University and chairman of the Adams Museum & House board of directors. Wolff did his undergraduate and master's work at the University of Wyoming and received his Ph.D. from Arizona State University. He has published articles in South Dakota History, Mining History Journal and The American Indian Quarterly. Wolff has written two books: Industrializing the Rockies: Growth, Competition and Turmoil in the Coalfields of Colorado and Wyoming, 1868-1914 (University Press of Colorado, 2003) and Seth Bullock: Black Hills Lawman (South Dakota State Historical Society Press, 2009). In 2012, the Mining History Association awarded him the Rodman Paul Award for Outstanding Contributions to Mining History.

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


Photograph available upon request.

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