Saturday, June 9, 2012

Long Awaited Deadwod Days of 76 Grand Opening is June 16, 2012 by Norma Kraemer/Rose Speirs

Days of ’76 Museum Opens to the Public

DEADWOOD – Deadwood History will host the opening of the Days of ’76 Museum on Saturday, June 16, 2012 The $5.25 million museum is a project of the Days of ’76, City of Deadwood and the Deadwood Historic Preservation Commission. Following an official ribbon cutting by the Deadwood Chamber of Commerce at 9:00 a.m., the public is invited to tour the new facility. Refreshments will be served.

The Days Museum opening will include an art show featuring Belle Fourche artists TR Chytka and Mick B. Harrison.  Chytka will display his bronze artwork, including the new Billy Etbauer bronze.  Harrison, who specializes in oil paintings, will be showing new artwork, along with the eight-painting “Events Series” rodeo poster art used for the Days of ’76 posters from 2003 – 2009, and 2011.  Both artists’ work is for sale.

Todd Hoffman will serve a chuck wagon meal in front of the museum at 11:00 a.m. The chuck wagon is $7 per plate served, and Hoffman will donate one dollar per plate to Deadwood History.  The chuck wagon will be available until it is sold out. 

The Black Hills' newest museum commemorates the history of the award-winning Days of '76 Celebration and rodeo, and features a stunning collection of American Indian artifacts.  The museum also includes the largest collection of horse-drawn vehicles in the state.

Admission to the museum is $7 for adults; $4 for children ages 7 – 13; free to children 6 and under; families $25.  The ’76 Museum is wheelchair accessible. Summer hours are 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., daily.  Open year round.  The Days of ’76 Museum is located at 1876 Drive, Deadwood. 

We inspire the global community by preserving and celebrating the cultural heritage of Deadwood and the Black Hills in the context of the American West through exceptional exhibits, innovative educational programs and access to extensive collections in unique settings.

Days of ’76 Museum, Adams Museum, Historic Adams House, and the Homestake Adams Research and Cultural Center.


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