August 10, 2020

History on the Lawn at the Adams House: Black Hills Myths & Legends

DEADWOOD – Deadwood History, Inc. (DHI) and the Deadwood Historic Preservation Commission will host a presentation by Deadwood historian and author Tom Griffith, at 12:00 p.m. on Friday, August 21, 2020, at the Historic Adams House. The lecture is free to Deadwood History members and $5 for non-members. Please feel free to bring your lunch and a lawn chair. 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.

Tom Griffith will unravel some of history’s mysteries from his latest book. From the wily – and some say dangerous – jackalope and the world’s largest mammoth grave to the legend of Lame Johnny’s $7.5 million in lost gold and the lingering mystery of the controversial Thoen Stone, Black Hills Myths & Legends pulls back the curtain on some of the Mount Rushmore State’s most fascinating and compelling stories.

Tom Griffith has been a reporter, photographer, and managing editor in Arizona, Montana, and South Dakota. In a varied career, he served as the first employee of the Mount Rushmore Society, helping raise $25 million and stage the formal dedication of the memorial with President George H.W. Bush, founded an advertising agency, and has written or co-authored 80 books for major publishers including Random House, Simon & Schuster, and The Globe Pequot Press. Most recently, Tom and his wife, Nyla, purchased the 1899 Inn in Deadwood's historic Presidential District.

Deadwood History members are offered free admission to the museums and the monthly lecture series. Membership helps fund a variety of museum programming by providing history enrichment opportunities to thousands of adults and children. Every form of support, whether it is an individual membership or a donation, is deeply appreciated. Memberships can be purchased at or by calling 605-722-4800.

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


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, Homestake Adams Research and Cultural Center, and The Brothel Deadwood.

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