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Children of Deadwood's ethnic communities: Preservation Thursday at the Adams Museum

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DEADWOOD, S.D. – Anne Rogers, AM&H publications coordinator and Historic Adams House assistant curator, will present a lecture titled We are Deadwood, too: Children of the Gulch’s Ethnic Communities on Thursday, March 8, 2007 at 5:15 p.m. in the Pioneer Room at Deadwood’s Adams Museum, 54 Sherman Street. The event is free, open to the public and wheelchair accessible. The lecture will focus on the race and class based disparities in early Deadwood as experienced by the gold camp’s children. Rogers’ talk will explore such topics as education, work in and out of the home and everyday life. In particular she will investigate the way that these experiences shaped the lives of the children in the Chinese, Jewish and Black communities in early Deadwood. Very little research exists regarding children on the American frontier, especially children who came of age in the rough and tumble mining camps of the American West. Rogers will explore this often overlooked field of study through the lens of race relations in Deadwood and the surrounding Black Hills. While Deadwood was in no way immune to the racial tide sweeping the United States in the 1870s, it did provide a rare opportunity for diverse ethnic groups to come together and create a community in which all could be fully active, participating citizens. Children from various walks of life and ethnic backgrounds attended public schools together, played together and simultaneously learned the American way of life while retaining traditional cultural values at home and in relatively insular ethnic communities. Early Deadwood presented a host of opportunities for its ethnic citizens, creating a lively and unique environment for its children. Anne Rogers graduated summa cum laude from Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio with a B.A. in American Studies and a concentration in Black American literature in 2005. Her research interests include ethnic studies, Black literature and racial politics on the American frontier. Preservation Thursday is sponsored by the Deadwood Historic Preservation Commission, Deadwood Gulch Resort & Gaming and Cadillac Jack’s Gaming Resort. -30- A historic photograph of two young Black girls 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.