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Fifth Annual Deadwood Historic Preservation Symposium

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DEADWOOD, S.D. – The Deadwood Historic Preservation Commission is proud to present the 5th annual symposium entitled, “The Myth and Reality of the Black Hills, D.T.” sponsored by the Deadwood Historic Preservation Commission, the Friends of the Case Library at Black Hills State University, the Deadwood Public Library and the Adams Museum & House, Inc. on April 27-29, 2007 at the historic Deadwood Masonic Temple, 715 Main St.

The three-day symposium will officially begin on Friday April 27, 2007.  One workshop will be offered to pre-registered individuals focusing on the History of Western Dress hosted by Laurel Wilson, curator of the Missouri Historic Costume and Textile Collection at the University of Missouri-Columbus from 2:00 – 4:00 pm.  Between 5:00 to 8:00 pm, registration and a social hour will be held at the Deadwood Masonic Temple.

On Saturday April 28, 2007 the symposium will begin at 8:00 am and feature presenters from around the United States and the Black Hills.  This year’s presenters and their topics include:

  • Bawdy Women of the West: The Myths and Realities of Prostitution, the World’s Oldest Profession by Michael Rutter – Western Author and Historian
  • Hollywood’s West by Kevin Britz, Kenyon College, Gambier, Ohio
  • Calamity Jane: The Woman and the Legend by James D. McLaird, Dakota Wesleyan University, Mitchell, South Dakota
  • James Butler Hickok: The Myth and Reality of a Western Legend by Thadd Turner
  • Myth and Reality of the Black Hills Environment by Robb Campbell, Black Hills State University, Spearfish, South Dakota
  • Profoundly Profane: A History of Deadwood to Swear By by Mary Kopco and Jerry Bryant of the Adams Museum and House, Deadwood, South Dakota
  • Chinese in Deadwood: The Facts and the Fiction by Rose Estep Fosha and Eileen French of SD-State Archaeological Research Center, Rapid City, South Dakota
  • Old Guns & Whispering Ghosts: Firearms In The Old West and Violence In The Old West: The Play Of Myth & Fact by Jesse Hardin, Western Historian

The keynote speaker for this year’s symposium is Richard Wayne Etulain, Professor Emeritus of History at the University of New Mexico.  Dr. Etulain’s presentation is entitled Telling Western Stories: Buffalo Bill to Larry McMurtry.  This presentation will take place after dinner in the Masonic Temple.

The symposium will conclude on Sunday April 29, 2007 with a round table discussion with all of the presenters at the Adams Museum (54 Sherman Street) followed by a tour of Deadwood's infamous brothels hosted by Michael Trump and Ron Russo.

Registration fees are as follows: $40 registration and $15 student registration (with valid student ID).  Registration fees include lunch and dinner at the Silverado Gaming Establishment in Deadwood.

The optional sessions are as follows:  the brothel tour fee is $10 and space is limited to 32 individuals.  The Western Dress workshop is $25 and space is limited to 20 individuals for this session.  Registration for these events must be postmarked by April 2, 2007; with no walk-up registration accepted.

If you have any further questions regarding the Symposium, please contact Kevin Kuchenbeckerat (605) 578-2082 or e-mail at