Deadwood History Link

Tuesday, 02 March 2004 04:41

Mining Conference Slated for Second Annual Deadwood Historic Preservation Symposium

Prominent national experts in the fields of mining architecture and technology will gather at the Masonic Temple in Deadwood March 26-28 for the Mining, Architecture & Technology Conference. This is the second annual Deadwood History Conference, co-sponsored by the Deadwood Historic Preservation Commission, the Adams Museum and the Case Library at Black Hills State University. There will be round-table discussions and presentations by a number of scholars from around the country. Featured speakers include:

Eric Clements: Dr. Clements will speak on how tourism has affected the myth and reality of mining towns. Clements is Assistant Professor of History at Southeast Missouri State and has lectured and published widely on the boom and bust of western mining.

Dawn Bunyak: Ms. Bunyak will talk on the evolution of the flotation method of ore processing, how it evolved in Colorado and then how it relates to the Black Hills. Bunyak is a private consultant for historic preservation in Colorado and has an MA in History from University of Colorado-Denver.

Jay Fell: Dr. Fell will speak on the evolution of the Rocky Mountain smelting industry, including Deadwood’s D&D Smelter. Fell teaches at the University of Colorado-Denver, and has published widely on the Western mineral industry with an emphasis on mineral processes.

Rich Clow: Dr. Clow will discuss the evolution of ore processing in the Black Hills. Clow is a Professor of History at the University of Montana and has written the definitive book on Black Hills ore processing: Chasing the Glitter.

Cathleen Norman: Ms. Norman will talk on mining town architecture, with an emphasis on Colorado and its connections to the Black Hills. Norman is a historic preservation consultant in Colorado and has an MA in History from the University of Colorado-Denver.

David Wolff: Dr. Wolff will discuss how mining ruins in the Black Hills can tell a story of technological change. Wolff is Assistant Professor of History at Black Hills State University and has studied Black Hills mining for over thirty years.

Duane Smith: Dr. Smith will discuss the evolution of the Homestake Mining Company. Smith is a Professor of History at Ft. Lewis College, Durango, Colorado and has written over thirty books on Western mining, including a recent book on Homestake.

Alison Hoagland: Ms. Hoagland will discuss the architecture of miners’ houses as seen in Michigan and Montana, and apply that to Lead and Deadwood. Hoagland is an Associate Professor of Historic Preservation at Michigan Tech, and has an MA from George Washington University.

Registration fees are as followed: $25 early registration (postmarked by March 1, 2004), $30 registration (postmarked after March 1, 2004), $5 student registration and/or $5 tour fee of Homestake Mine in Lead, SD.  Registration fee includes lunch and dinner at the Silverado in Deadwood.Please send your registration to City of Deadwood Archives, 108 Sherman Street, Deadwood, SD 57732.