On April 1- 3, 2005, the Deadwood Historic Preservation Commission will be presenting the Third Annual Deadwood Historic Preservation Symposium. Previous symposia have focused on Chinese Archeology and History in the West and Mining Architecture and Technology. This year’s symposium will focus on Historic Western Cemeteries, and is supported and cosponsored by the Leland Case Library at Black Hills State University and the Adams House and Museum.
The Symposium will once again be held at the Deadwood Masonic Center on Main Street. There will be three intensive three-hour workshops held on Friday, April 1, 2005, prior to the official start of the Symposium. There will be a morning workshop discussing Genealogy and Cemeteries and an afternoon workshop presenting hands on Recordation and Restoration Techniques for Grave Markers. There will also be a three-hour tour of local cemeteries including Mount Moriah and Saint Ambrose’s in Deadwood and South Lead Cemetery. There will be limited enrollment and a registration fee for the workshops.
The Symposium will commence officially with registration and an opening reception on Friday evening. This will provide an opportunity for participants to view a photo exhibit and meet various exhibitors. There will be eight separate presentations on Saturday by experts from throughout the nation. These presentations will discuss cemetery design, cemetery restoration, iron grave markers, western cemeteries as part of western myth and history, archeology and ethnic variations in cemetery development. The dinner on Saturday evening will feature a presentation by Candace Wheeler from Virginia City, Nevada. Sunday morning there will be a roundtable discussion of various cemetery topics by attendees and speakers.
The impetus for the symposium was the donation of Saint Ambrose’s Cemetery to the City of Deadwood by the Rapid City Catholic Diocese. Preliminary planning has started on the proposed restoration of Saint Ambrose’s, and actual work should commence in the late spring of 2005.