Featured Event

Mar
22
Fri
Turtle Soup – “Hall of Fame Women” @ The Journey Museum and Learning Center
Mar 22 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Turtle Soup - "Hall of Fame Women" @ The Journey Museum and Learning Center | Rapid City | South Dakota | United States

Feed your mind and your belly with Turtle Soup, featuring a presentation on historic Black Hills figures or events and a bowl of soup provided by Angel’s Catering. This week, The Journey Museum and Learning Center presents, “Dream Chasers: South Dakota Hall of Fame Women.”

Four inductees will lead the event: Ruth Brennan, Kay Jorgensen, Judy Olson Duhamel, and Ann McKay Thompson. The women will share their stories for Women in History Month about the trials of chasing their dreams. Get up close and personal with these dynamic champions!

Ruth Brennan has led a life in the art world. Using her background with various cultural organizations, including the Dahl Fine Arts Center and the “Rapid City Journal,” she has worked to strengthen cultural awareness and open doors for artists in all disciplines.

Kay Jorgensen is a leading businesswoman. She has co-founded and co-owned several businesses, spreading her talents across service industries. She has also served in the State Legislature and has served on various boards.

Judy Olson Duhamel is a life-long educator. She has served on state boards and worked internationally to improve public education and childcare. She has also served in the State Senate and has chaired the state Democratic Party.

Ann McKay Thompson is an educator and contributor to the arts and humanities. She founded the state’s first university center and has served as founder and president of related institutions. She was one of the first women to serve in the Cabinet of a South Dakota governor.

Admission for Turtle Soup is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and half-off for members. Call 394-6923 to reserve seats.

The Hiawatha Indian Insane Asylum @ The Journey Museum and Learning Center
Mar 22 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
The Hiawatha Indian Insane Asylum @ The Journey Museum and Learning Center | Rapid City | South Dakota | United States

No admission will be charged for this presentation. Call 605-394-6923 to reserve.

From 1902-1933, Native Americans who misbehaved in boarding schools or who angered reservation agents were incarcerated at the Hiawatha Asylum in Canton, South Dakota – described as the linchpin of federal “Indian” policy. By the time it closed, 400 Native Americans from across the U.S. had been incarcerated there.

Until recently, this part of our state and national history was virtually unknown. As Keepers of the Canton Native Insane Asylum Story, Anne Dilenschneider, Ph.D., and Jerry Fogg share the story. They will talk about the asylum during its years in operation as well as the shared healing process that came after its closing.

Dilenschneider is a counselor and researcher whose work focuses on restorative justice. She grew up in Ohio and was one of the first women graduates of The University of Notre Dame.

Fogg is a Yankton Sioux artist and cultural historian who grew up on the Crow Creek Indian Reservation. He says creating art helps him focus on the purpose that the Wakan Tanka (the Creator) gave him and that it’s a gift meant to be shared with others, particularly the people of South Dakota.

Mar
23
Sat
Discovery Expedition: Sod Houses @ The Journey Museum and Learning Center
Mar 23 @ 1:30 pm – 2:45 pm
Discovery Expedition: Sod Houses @ The Journey Museum and Learning Center |  |  |

Take a peek into a world of wonder in a Discovery Expedition class. Our Journey educators create wonderfully playful and interactive learning experiences for people of all ages to enjoy.

This weekend, be like the pioneers and build sod houses. But you’ll be doing it with Legos!

This event will run again Sunday, March 24 from 2:30 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.

FREE with regular museum admission or family membership.

Mar
24
Sun
Learning Forum – “Pioneer Women” @ The Journey Museum and Learning Center
Mar 24 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Learning Forum - "Pioneer Women" @ The Journey Museum and Learning Center | Rapid City | South Dakota | United States

Learning Forums are thought-provoking presentations on a wide variety of topics. Each program features a 45-minute presentation, followed by an open forum with questions and discussion about the topic.

This week, come for “Cactus Thorns, Blistered Lips, and a Bouquet of Wild Flowers,” a presentation on pioneer women from Katie Hunzeker.

The life of a woman on the overland trail in the 1800s was tough. Accidents, sickness and death were a common reality, but the hope of a new start and prosperity out west drew emigrants across the Platte River Road.

The Platte River Road was a major travel corridor along the Platte River in present-day Nebraska and Wyoming. The route was used simultaneously by several popular pioneer trails, including the Oregon Trail. It was even used by the Pony Express.

Hunzeker will read from the diary entries of various women to share unbelievable stories of heartbreak and happiness on the overland trail. This presentation is part of our Women in History Month events.

Hunzeker grew up in Kimball, Nebraska. She graduated from Western Nebraska Community College with honors before studying communication and commerical arts at Black Hills State University in Spearfish.

She has volunteered her time at Scottsbluff National Monument and Fort Laramie National Historic Site in character as an emigrant on the Platte River Road. She has worked at the Minuteman Missile National Historic Site and is currently in the private tourism industry in the Black Hills.

Admission is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, half-off for members. Call 605-394-6923 to reserve tickets.

Discovery Expedition: Sod Houses @ The Journey Museum and Learning Center
Mar 24 @ 2:30 pm – 3:45 pm
Discovery Expedition: Sod Houses @ The Journey Museum and Learning Center |  |  |

Take a peek into a world of wonder in a Discovery Expedition class. Our Journey educators create wonderfully playful and interactive learning experiences for people of all ages to enjoy.

This weekend, be like the pioneers and build sod houses. But you’ll be doing it with Legos!

FREE with regular museum admission or family membership.

May
2
Thu
Preservation Thursday: Legends Never Die: Deadwood – the Movie, the Podcast, the Legacy @ Homestake Adams Research and Cultural Center
May 2 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Preservation Thursday: Legends Never Die: Deadwood – the Movie, the Podcast, the Legacy @ Homestake Adams Research and Cultural Center | Deadwood | South Dakota | United States

HBO’s fan-favorite TV show, Deadwood, returns this spring to the small screen for one final experience with the characters who populated the famous mining town. Chris Wimmer, creator of the Legends of the Old West podcast, presents a program on the long-awaited conclusion of the iconic TV show, and compares and contrasts it with the true events of Deadwood history as they were told on his podcast. Homestake Adams Research and Cultural Center; 12:00 p.m.; admission by donation.

May
12
Sun
Mother’s Day Tours @ Historic Adams House
May 12 all-day

In honor of Mother’s Day, the Historic Adams House and Days of ‘76 Museum will offer free admission to visiting mothers. Show your mom how much you love her by sharing a tour of the beautifully restored Victorian home and explore vintage wagons and carriages in Deadwood’s newest museum. The museums are open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Please call 605-578-3724 or 605-578-1657 for more information.

Jun
3
Mon
Art Camp @ Days of '76 Museum
Jun 3 – Jun 7 all-day
Art Camp @ Days of '76 Museum | Deadwood | South Dakota | United States

Be part of an exciting and unique experience to discover your inner artist. This camp will focus on elements of art: color, form, line, shape, space, texture, and value. Campers will learn a variety of ways by which they can create original works of art, get inspiration from real life artists, and become familiar with several different styles of art. Camp starts and concludes at the Days of ’76 Museum. For students going into grades 4-6; 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.; $40 for members and $50 for non-members plus tax. Scholarships are available. Reservations required. Please call Amanda Brown, Education Director, at 605-578-1657 for reservations.

Jun
11
Tue
Critter Camp @ Days of '76 Museum
Jun 11 – Jun 13 all-day
Critter Camp @ Days of '76 Museum | Deadwood | South Dakota | United States

Discover the wildlife of the Black Hills and learn about the habitats, environments, and ecosystems of animals that call the Black Hills home. Students will also learn about animals native to the Black Hills and some that were introduced to the area. Camp starts and concludes at the Days of ’76 Museum. For students going into grades 1-3; 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. To learn more information about camp fees and to make reservations, please contact Amanda Brown, Education Director, at 605-578-1657. Reservations required.

Jun
14
Fri
History on the Lawn: The Illustrated Life and Times of Wild Bill Hickok @ Historic Adams House
Jun 14 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
History on the Lawn: The Illustrated Life and Times of Wild Bill Hickok @ Historic Adams House | Deadwood | South Dakota | United States

Author Bob Boze Bell will give the inside skinny on the man who created the prototype of the Western gunfighter. He will talk about the genesis of the legend and who benefited the most. Bell will also get into the weeds about the HBO® Deadwood series and who actually deserves credit for creating that world. Hint: it wasn’t who you think it was! Bring a lunch and enjoy the Historic Adams House lawn; 12:00 noon; admission by donation. In case of inclement weather, the lecture will be moved to the Homestake Adams Research and Cultural Center (HARCC).