May 30, 2022

History on the Lawn: John S. McClintock: From Pioneer Days to Deadwood

DEADWOOD – Deadwood History, Inc. and the Deadwood Historic Preservation Commission will host a presentation by Professor Laura Beard at 12:00 p.m. on Friday, June 10, 2022, at the Historic Adams House, 22 Van Buren Street, Deadwood. The event is free for members and $5 for non-members. Please feel free to bring your lunch.

Like so many, John S. McClintock arrived in Deadwood in 1876, ready to strike it rich. Unlike many who struck it rich or struck out, McClintock stayed in Deadwood, going on to become a well-known citizen of the new town, starting businesses, a family, a stagecoach line, and more. In 1939, he published Pioneer Days in the Black Hills: Accurate History and Facts Related by One of the Early Day Pioneers. Come hear about this early Deadwood resident and Black Hills historian from Laura Beard, one of his relatives who is doing her own research on McClintock, Deadwood, and the Black Hills.

Laura J. Beard is Professor and Associate Vice President of Research at the University of Alberta, in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. She has an MA and PhD from Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, and a BA from Carleton College in Northfield, MN. She is the author of numerous articles, book chapters, edited volumes, and books, many of which focus on life narratives in the Americas. One of her current research projects, funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, explores the 1939 memoir of her relative, long-time resident John S. McClintock, Pioneer Days in the Black Hills (republished University Oklahoma Press, 2000).

History on the Lawn is made possible by the Deadwood Historic Preservation Commission, Deadwood History, Adams-Mastrovich Family Foundation, Deadwood Chamber & Visitors Bureau, Black Hills Pioneer, Silverado Franklin Historic Hotel & Gaming Complex, Deadwood Mountain Grand, and the Saloon No. 10.


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