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1881 Custer County Courthouse Museum
 411 Mount Rushmore Road

PO Box 826
 Custer, South Dakota 57730

(605) 673-2443

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Custer County Historical Society

SD State Historical Society

Custer Area Chamber of Commerce

Hermosa Arts and History Association

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… for a very special “Grand Opening” kicking off  the 2016 season!


Thursday May 5, 2016

        We 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.

        This 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

        On 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.

        “Sheriff 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.

        The 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.

        “Mr. 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.

        The 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.


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