Mining History Association
Annual Conference, June 6-10,2018 Deadwood-Lead, South Dakota
Annual Conference, June 6-10,2018
Deadwood-Lead, South Dakota
CONFERENCE PROGRAM (CLICK HERE) (As of February 1, 2018)
REGISTRATION (CLICK HERE)
Everyone attending the conference must pay the registration fee. All activities are selected and paid for individually by using the Registration Form. To make meal and tour reservations, your registration must be completed by May 30. In case we need to contact you, please include your complete contact information on the Registration Form. You may fill out the Registration Form online; however it must be printed and mailed, along with your check, to David Wolff, the Conference Chair. His address is shown on the form.
Paying with a Credit Card:
Process: For the first time, the MHA is accepting credit card payments. Unfortunately, as we make this transition for the 2018 Conference, you will not yet be able to register and pay directly on-line. That will hopefully be available for the 2019 conference. For this conference, you need to enter your credit card information on the Registration Form and then mail it to David Wolff, the Conference Chair. His address is on the form. (You may fill out the registration form online, but it still needs to be printed and mailed.) Once your form is received, your credit card information and total amount due will be entered into the MHA’s PayPal account. You will then receive an email message from PayPal acknowledging your payment to the Mining History Association, including the amount charged. If you do not wish to include your credit card information on the form, you may call David Wolff at (605) 644-0375 and provide it. (Please leave a message for a call back.) Or indicate on the form that you wish to be called.
Security Code: Make sure you include all the necessary credit card information, including the three or four-digit security code that appears on the back of the card. Without that information, PayPal cannot process your credit card.
Thanks for your patience during this transition. While a little cumbersome this year, there are some advantages to this process. One is that the forms may be kept in order as received, ensuring a fair priority if events sell out.
Conference Registration Table Times and Locations:
Wednesday, June 6, 4:00pm-7:00pm, at The Lodge at Deadwood
Thursday, June 7, 7:00am-11:00am, at The Lodge at Deadwood
Thursday, June 7, 3:00pm-6:00pm, at the HARCC, 150 Sherman St., Deadwood
Friday, June 8, 7:00am-11:00am, at The Lodge at Deadwood
Saturday, June 9, registration as needed
SOCIAL EVENTS (Additional details will be added as available)
Reception, Buffet, and Opening Presentations, June 7, 2018, 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM, Homestake Adams Research and Cultural Center, 150 Sherman St., Deadwood. Cost, $25. A buffet of heavy hors d’oeuvres is included. Cash bar (beer and wine).
Lunch, June 8, 2018, 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM, Days of ’76 Museum, with a tour of the carriage collection, 18 76th Dr., Deadwood. Cost: $20.
Awards Banquet, June 8, 2018, 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM, Pine Crest Room, The Lodge at Deadwood, preceded by a Social Hour. Cost: $30. Full cash bar.
Presidential Luncheon, June 9, 2018, 12:30 PM – 2:00PM, The Lodge at Deadwood. Cost: $25.
Opera House Reception and Lead Tour, June 9, 2018, 3:30 PM – 8:00 PM. Cost, $35 (includes the tour, reception, and Opera House performance).
The ticketed tour portion of this combined event will start at the Sanford Visitor Center at 3:30 PM, 160 W. Main St., Lead. There is plenty of free parking in front. It will include stops at the Homestake’s Yates Hoist House, with a “walk-through” of the Yates Tunnel, and tours of the Black Hills Mining Museum and the Homestake Opera House. Transportation between these stops will be available.
The tour of the Opera House will be followed at approximately 6:00 PM by the ticketed reception with light hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar, and a presentation.
At 7:30, the Opera House will have a special public performance, and all MHA tour participants are encouraged to attend. South Dakota composer Jesse Dunaway will be conducting 20 Black Hills vocalists and musicians in performing “The Homestake Mine” – a musical composition of sounds, speaking voices, and melody woven together to depict the 125 year history of the Homestake Gold Mine and its transformation into an underground science laboratory.
TOURS AND FIELD TRIPS (Additional tour details will be added as available)
Early Bird Pre-Conference, “Homestake Fanatic” Tour, June 6, 2018, 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM. Capacity: 22. Cost $20.
Please eat lunch beforehand and bring water and snacks. We plan on having hardhats. If you have steel toed boots please wear them. One stop may require them to exit the vans.
Early Bird Pre-Conference, Deadwood Walking Tour, June 6, 2018, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM. Capacity: 25. Cost $25.
Meet at the Homestake Adams Research and Cultural Center (HARCC), 150 Sherman St, Deadwood. (There is free parking next to the HARCC.) MHA Member and Deadwood Historian David Wolff will lead the tour. He will highlight six aspects of Deadwood’s past, such as the discovery of gold and boomtown development.
Please eat lunch beforehand and bring water. Wear comfortable shoes and a hat. The tour is not strenuous, but you need to be able to walk at least 2 miles, with half of it a slight uphill incline.
Pre-Conference, Wyodak (Powder River Basin) Tour, June 7, 2018, 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM. Capacity: 33. Cost $50.
This tour leaves from The Lodge at Deadwood and will head to the Powder River Coal Basin near Gillette, WY. Black Hills Energy will be taking the group into the Wyodak open pit coal mine and through the Wygen power station. Acquired by the Homestake Mining Co. in 1921, the Wyodak mine is the oldest open pit operation in the Powder River Basin. Not only will this tour offer a close up look at Black Hills Energy’s operations, but it also offers over-and-back opportunities for train watching and a glimpse of Devil’s Tower.
A box lunch is provided. You need to wear closed-toe shoes. This tour is recommended for people who are attending the council meeting. That meeting will start at 2pm, just as the bus returns.
Pre-Conference, Southern Black Hills Tour, June 7, 2018, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM. Capacity: 53. Cost, $50.
This tour leaves from The Lodge at Deadwood and heads to the Southern Black Hills and Pegmatite Country. This tour will include a visit to the Keystone gold belt, stops at historic sites, and a hike around the Tip Top pegmatite mine. Bob Otto and Tom Loomis of Dakota Matrix Minerals in Rapid City will serve as guides. This trip will also offer views of Crazy Horse Memorial and Mt. Rushmore National Memorial.
A box lunch is provided. Since the tour includes a hike that will cross a waste rock pile, proper footwear is essential.
Homestake Adams House Research and Cultural Center (HARCC) Tour, June 7, 2018, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM. No cost.
This tour will meet at the HARCC at 150 Sherman St., Deadwood. The HARCC holds the records of the Homestake Mining Co.’s Lead operations. They were donated to Deadwood History, Inc. at the time of the mine’s closing. It also houses other Black Hills’ collections, including the archives of the Adams Museum. Carolyn Weber, Director of Deadwood History, Inc. and her staff will provide tours.
Spouses’ and Partners’ Tour, June 8, 2018, 9:00 AM - Noon. Capacity 30. Cost $20.
This year there will be a tour for spouses and partners who may not be interested in attending the conference presentations. This tour will start in front of The Lodge and will visit Deadwood locations, including the Historic Adams House, the Adams Museum, and the graves of Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane. The tour will end in time for those registered for the Friday lunch to attend that gathering at the Days of '76 Museum. Transportation will be available from the museum to The Lodge.
Lead Tour and Opera House Reception, June 9, 2018, 3:30 PM – 8:00 PM. Cost, $35 (includes the tour, reception and Opera House performance).
This tour will start at the Sanford Visitor Center, 160 W. Main St., Lead. There is plenty of free parking in front. It will include stops at the Homestake’s Yates Hoist House, with a “walk-through” of the Yates Tunnel, and tours of the Black Hills Mining Museum and the Homestake Opera House. The tour of the Opera House will be followed at approximately 6:00 PM by the reception with light hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar, and a presentation. Transportation between these stops will be available.
At 7:30 PM, the Opera House will have a special public performance, and all MHA tour participants are encouraged to attend. South Dakota composer Jesse Dunaway will be conducting 20 Black Hills vocalists and musicians in performing “The Homestake Mine” – a musical composition of sounds, speaking voices, and melody woven together to depict the 125 year history of the Homestake Gold Mine and its transformation into an underground science laboratory.
Northern Black Hills Tour, June 10, 2018, 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM. Capacity: 55. Cost, $50.
This tour will leave from The Lodge and make stops at mining related locations in Deadwood and Central City. From there it will go into the historic Bald Mountain and Ruby Basin mining districts. A stop will be made at the Coeur-Wharf gold mine to tour an active open pit operation. From there the tour will go through Kirk Canyon (the backside of the Homestake) and then to the Gilt Edge mine for a look at this Superfund site. The tour will wrap up in the historic silver camp of Galena. A box lunch is provided. Since the tour includes visits to active and historic mine sites, proper footwear is essential (closed toe shoes, no sandals or flip-flops).
READINGS AND REFERENCES
Cash, Joseph H., Working the Homestake, 1973.
Fielder, Mildred, The Treasure of Homestake Gold, 1970.
Mitchell, Steven T., Nuggets to Neutrinos: the Homestake Story, 2009.
Smith, Duane A., Staking a Claim in History: The Evolution of Homestake Mining Company, 2001.
General Black Hills Mining References:
Allsman, Paul T., Reconnaissance of Gold-Mining Districts in the Black Hills, S. Dak., US Bureau of Mines. Bulletin 427, 1940.
Baldwin, George P., The Black Hills Illustrated, 1904.
Black Hills Mineral Atlas, South Dakota: Part 1 and Part 2, US Bureau of Mines Information Circulars 7688 and 7707, 1954.
Clow, Richmond L., Chasing the Glitter: Black Hills Milling, 1874-1959., 2002.
Fielder, Mildred, Silver is the Fortune, 1978.
Irving, J. D., Economic Resources of the Northern Black Hills, US Geological Survey, Professional Paper 24, 1904.
Parker, Watson., Gold in the Black Hills, 1966.
Waterland, Joel K., Gold & Silver or Sweat & Tears, 1988.
Waterland, Joel K., The Mines Around & Beyond, 1991.
Waterland, Joel K., The Spawn & the Mother Lode, 1987.
General Black Hills References:
Bennett, Estelline, Old Deadwood Days, 1982.
Hughes, Richard B., Pioneer Years in the Black Hills, 1957.
Lee, Bob, Gold, Gals, Guns, Guts: A History of Deadwood, Lead and Spearfish, 1874-1976, 1976
Parker, Watson, Deadwood: the Golden Years, 1981.
Tallent, Annie D., The Black Hills or Last Hunting Grounds of the Dakotahs, reprint, 1974.
Bob Otto, Mining Historian
Carolyn Weber, Director, Deadwood History, Inc.
David Wolff, Committee Chair