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April 26, 2021

Deadwood History Summer Camp Registration Now Open

DEADWOOD – Deadwood History, Inc. and the Deadwood Historic Preservation Commission will host a series of summer camps for area youth. The Summer Camp Series kicks off with Archaeology Camp where campers are invited to assist a professional archaeologist at a real archaeological dig. This experiential camp will focus on site history and the importance of archaeology. Two sessions are available: June 14-18 or June 21-25, 2021, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Camp starts and concludes at the Homestake Adams Research and Cultural Center and archaeology work will be conducted at the Pearson family property. Archaeology Camp is for students going into grades 4-6 and the cost is $45 for members and $55 for non-members. A $15 non-refundable deposit is required for Archaeology Camp. 

Discover dinosaurs, marine reptiles, and plants that populated South Dakota millions of years ago while also understanding what it takes to be a paleontologist. Paleontology Camp is for students going into grades 1-3. Campers will create their own dinosaurs, learn how fossils are formed, experience an excavation, and visit the Adams Museum’s one-of-a-kind plesiosaur. Paleontology Camp takes place at the Days of '76 Museum on July 12-14 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. This camp is free to participants, but reservations are required and space is limited. 

Students going into grades 1-3 can also join us for Time Traveler’s Camp to experience the different cultures that shaped Deadwood’s history. Learn about the Chinese immigrants that called Deadwood home, the European settlers that populated South Dakota, and the Native Americans that have been here since the beginning. Explore the traditions, foods, histories, languages, and more that each of these groups contributed to the history of Deadwood, the Black Hills, and South Dakota. Time Traveler’s Camp is July 19-21 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Days of ’76 Museum. This camp is free to participants, but reservations are required and space is limited.

For more information or to register for summer camp, please contact Amanda Brown, Education Director, at 605-578-1657. Scholarships are available. The camps fill up quickly, so please reserve your space today.

Summer Camps are co-sponsored by the Deadwood Historic Preservation Commission, Adams-Mastrovich Family Foundation, Deadwood History, Twin City Hardware, Bill Haas, Jaci and Bill Pearson, Black Hills Pioneer, Monument Health Lead-Deadwood Hospital, Beatrice and Edith Wong, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, and the William Karl & Laura L. Haas Education Endowment.

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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, and Homestake Adams Research and Cultural Center.