MARK YOUR CALENDARS …
… for a very special “Grand Opening” kicking off the 2016 season!
Thursday May 5, 2016
start off this special week by welcoming the Harney Peak/Black Hills Chapters
of the Daughters of the American Revolution for dedication of their exhibit
honoring Vietnam War Veterans in Custer County and surrounding Black Hills
areas. That program will feature a program honoring those who served in the
Southeast Asian conflict. Part of that
program will feature welcoming remarks by Robin Fansler, Regent of the DAR,
remarks from the office of U.S. Senator John Thune, and comments from Will
Huffman, Western South Dakota Field Office of the Department of Veterans
Affairs, and recognition of Gold Star Families from Custer, Pennington, and
Fall River Counties who gave their lives in the Vietnam War.
program begins at 10:00 am in the Dakota Territory Courtroom in the 1881
Courthouse Museum. There is no admission
fee for those attending.
Friday May 6, 2016
Friday, Custer County Sheriff Rick Wheeler will dedicate the new “Frontier
Justice” display at the 1881 Courthouse Museum.
The public is invited to attend this event which has recently been
completed on the lower level of the Museum building. That program will host the YMCA “Kidstop”
participants who will gather in the Dakota Territory Courtroom to hear opening
remarks by Sheriff Wheeler discussing the value of current law enforcement and
the history of justice in the 140 year history of Custer County.
Wheeler has contributed significantly to the development of the “Frontier
Justice” display which features a listing of all the sheriff’s in Custer County
History and a series of explanations of activities which occurred in this
region especially in the “lawless” days in this county’s history,” said Museum
Director Gary Enright.
program begins at 10:00 am to be followed by the grand opening of the display
in the Museum. The public is invited and
there will be no admission fees charged for those attending.
Saturday May 7, 2016
The 1881 Courthouse Museum will be open
at 10 am on Saturday for the general public.
That day’s featured event will be the regular monthly meeting of the
Custer County Historical Society in the Pine Room of the County Courthouse
Annex (Library), Saturday afternoon.
That program will feature a presentation by Bernie Christenson on the
February 6, 1973 attack on the Custer County Courthouse by members of the
American Indian Movement.
Christenson was a Special Agent of the S.D. Division of Criminal Investigation
on that historic day and will present a detailed report on that occurred during
that event when the courthouse building was threatened by fire and the Custer
Chamber of Commerce building was destroyed,” Enright stated.
Christenson presentation will begin at 2:30 pm following the brief Historical Society
membership meeting and a light afternoon lunch.
There is no admittance fee for this event.