Deadwood History Link

Thursday, 18 March 2010 09:06

Inclement Changes: Disasters that Changed the Black Hills

 On May 14-16, 2010, the Deadwood Historic Preservation Commission along with the Adams Museum & House, Inc., the Case Library at Black Hills State University and the Days of ’76 Museum, Inc. are hosting the eighth annual Deadwood Historic Preservation Symposium, entitled Inclement Changes: Disasters that Changed the Black Hills. This year's symposium will feature scholars and professionals from around South Dakota and the United States who will present on disasters such as floods, fires, blizzards, droughts and diseases that have influenced change in the Black Hills and how communities, such as Deadwood, have been shaped by these disasters.

This year’s symposium will begin with a special workshop on May 14, 2010, presented by the Midwest Art Conservation Center. The workshop, entitled After a Disaster: Saving and Salvaging Collections Materials and Artifacts, will cover all aspects of post-disaster recovery and salvage operations for all types of collecting institutions, including museums, historical societies, libraries and archives, with an overview of various disasters and their effects on different types of materials. Lecture and PowerPoint presentations will be accompanied by practical exercises in various recovery procedures for water-damaged artifacts using proper materials. Members of the Preservation and Conservation Staff of the Midwest Art Conservation Center will teach this comprehensive one-day workshop. Separate registration is required for the workshop, and each participant will receive a comprehensive notebook containing relevant information and technical leaflets.

Registration and a social hour for this year’s symposium will begin on Friday, May 14, 2010, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the historic Deadwood Masonic Temple located at 715 Main Street. The symposium will reconvene on Saturday, May 15, 2009, at 8:00 a.m. at the Masonic Temple.

Saturday’s agenda will feature topics and presentations to include an overview of “Weather in the Black Hills” by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration; “Paleo-Floods in the Black Hills” by the US Geological Survey; the Rapid City Flood of 1972; the “Great Die Up” in the cattle industry of the late 1880’s ; blizzards of the area, including a focus on the Blizzard of 1949; “Forest Fires of the Black Hills” by the US Forest Service; an overview and highlights of the historic fires in Deadwood, such as the fires of 1879, 1894, 1959, 1987, and 2002; and the current efforts of many communities to conduct Firewise and Fire Prevention programs. The keynote speaker will be Dr. David Wolff who will speak of the various disasters in Deadwood from 1876 to 1900.

The symposium will conclude on Sunday, May 16, 2009, with a two-hour walking tour of Deadwood’s historic downtown conducted by Kevin Kuchenbecker and Dr. David Wolff.

Registration information and forms will be available at numerous locations in Deadwood or on the City’s website at www.cityofdeadwood.com. Registration fees will include dinner at the Silverado Gaming Establishment in Deadwood. If you have any further questions in regards to the Symposium, please contact the Historic Preservation Office at (605) 578-2082.