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DEADWOOD, S.D. – This month the Adams Museum and the Historic Adams House issued What Goes Around, its 2007 signed, limited edition poster print to Potato Creek Johnny-level members and above. This is the sixth in a series of original artwork that interpretation coordinator Darrel Nelson has created exclusively for members of the history organization. What Goes Around simultaneously examines the whole of our community’s historic path – capturing Deadwood’s human story in a series of circular objects: wheels of all sorts, discs, reels and beyond – that speak to our technological, mechanical, moral and economic trajectory. From the artist’s statement describing What Goes Around, Nelson writes, “Some wheels in this mechanical imagery are unique. The drive wheel of the J. B. Haggin and the water-powered belt wheel of a stamp mill are drawn from ones on display in the Adams Museum. . . Other wheels denote broader themes. One suggests an ancient disc, with symbols of the seasons and a tiny cog for each day of the year. . . [Also included are] suggestions of Deadwood’s origins: a wheel from the kind of freight wagon on which the city was totally dependent in its first decades; a wooden pulley wheel, the like of which moved all manner of objects; the spindle of a revolver; a roulette wheel. The wheel of the first train in the Black Hills, although it was specific in function to mine operations, stands here for the great leap forward in transport that railroads represented. By the 1920s, Deadwood saw that its future lay in tourism more than in gold mining. The wheel of a 1925 Model T Tourer points to this transition, not merely in technology but in the city’s view of itself. This change in the city’s fortunes was energized by the fledgling movie industry, suggested here by a film reel just behind the car wheel. Once a lawless outpost on the frontier, next a prosperous city on the grow and then a media-supported western lore destination, Deadwood has remained a magnet for gas powered vehicles ever since.” Nelson’s prints are available only through membership. Members at the Potato Creek Johnny-level ($50) receive a 6” x 9” print and Calamity Jane-level ($100) and above receive a 9” x 13” print. All are signed and numbered by the artist. Upper level members also receive: free guest passes to the Historic Adams House; the Adams Banner quarterly newsletter; invitations and reduced or free admission to special events; a collectible wall calendar featuring historic photographs from the Adams Museum archives; and a 15% discount at both the Adams Bros. Bookstore at the Adams Museum and Adams’ Treasures Gift Shop at the Historic Adams House. Adams Museum & House basic-level members receive numerous benefits of membership too, including: invitations and reduced or free admission to special events; the Adams Banner; a 10% discount in both gift shops; and a collectible wall calendar each year. Members are welcome to increase their level of membership any time to receive the annual signed, limited edition poster print and the other benefits listed above. A detailed list of the benefits of membership is available at, or by contacting Carol Umenthum at 605-578-1928. The Adams Museum has been in continuous operation for more than 76 years; the Historic Adams House has operated as a museum for six years. The museums were incorporated in 1999 as the Adams Museum & House, Inc. -30- A photo of What Goes Around is available upon request. The Adams Museum, Historic Adams House and Homestake-Adams Research Center identify, preserve, collect, interpret and promote the history and culture of Deadwood and the surrounding Black Hills.