January 30, 2018

Preservation Thursday: Calvin Coolidge in the Black Hills

DEADWOOD – Deadwood History, Inc. and the Deadwood Historic Preservation Commission will host a presentation by veteran South Dakota journalist, Seth Tupper, at 12:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 8, 2018, 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.

On August 2, 1927, President Calvin Coolidge shocked the nation by announcing he would not seek reelection. The declaration came from the Black Hills of South Dakota, where Coolidge was vacationing to escape the oppressive Washington summer and to win over politically rebellious farmers. He passed his time at rodeos, fishing, meeting Native American dignitaries, and kick-starting the stagnant carving of Mount Rushmore. But scandal was never far away as Coolidge dismissed a Secret Service man in a fit of anger. Was it this internal conflict that led Coolidge to make his famous announcement or the magic of the Black Hills? Seth Tupper chronicles Coolidge’s Black Hills adventure and explores the lasting legacy of the presidential summer on the region.

Seth Tupper, author of the 2017 book Calvin Coolidge in the Black Hills, is a fifth-generation South Dakotan who was raised in the small towns of Wessington Springs and Kimball. After earning a journalism degree from South Dakota State University, he worked at newspapers in Worthington, Minnesota, and Mitchell, South Dakota. Since 2014, he has been an enterprise reporter for the Rapid City Journal. He lives with his wife, Shelly, and their children, Kaylie and Lincoln, in Rapid City.

Preservation Thursday is co-sponsored by the Deadwood Historic Preservation Commission, Deadwood History, Adams-Mastrovich Family Foundation, Saloon No. 10, Fresh Paint, Historic Homestake Opera House, Jerry Greer's Engineering, and tdg Marketing & Public Relations.


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