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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.                                                       


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. 

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