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Custer County Historical Society (CCHS)
Program Speakers

Schedule for 2017


First Saturday of the following months: 

 January through June and October through November


Location:  Pine Room (adjacent to the County Library)


Time: Approximately 2:35pm, after the CCHS Membership Meeting (2:00pm) and coffee/light refreshments (2:20pm)


Admission:  FREE

January 7:  Paul Horsted, Custer photographer and author, will present photographic information on  the recently renamed Black Elk Peak and the determination of the actual elevation of South Dakota’s highest mountain.
February 4:  Sam Hurst, retired NBC journalist, presents
a program based on his newest book “Rattlesnake Under His Hat”, a biography of Earl Brockelsby, founder of Reptile Gardens.
March 4:  Cindy Reed of Cascade, SD (south of Hot Springs)
presents the history of Claude Barr, Fall River County Rancher who became an expert on flowers and gardening in the Black Hills.
April 1:  Dr. Arley Fadness, local Custer area author and minister, will feature the life story of outlaw Cole Younger and his experience in the Black Hills.
May 6:  Tom Tesnow, Director of the Fort Meade Museum near Sturgis, will present a program on the colorful characters who were affiliated with Fort Meade, Dakota Territory.
June 3:  Keith Johnson of Rapid City, leader of Custer’s Trail Riders, will present a program featuring Gen. G.A. Custer’s travels through the Black Hills and the experience of the group that re-ride that trail annually.
October 7:  Katie Logue Smith of Oelrichs will tell about her family history, giving an accurate picture of early pioneer life on the prairie.
November 4:  June Stender will share her research and aerial photos of Peleliu Island in the South Pacific during World War Two.  She will take the audience on a ‘walk through’ of how many American soldiers were killed there.


Recaps of 2016 Programs

(click on underlined title for link)

  January 2:   Webster's Bandit Buster   
by Dr. Arley Fadness


February 6:  A Black Hills Diary 
by Mr. Reid Riner


March 5:  James Clyman and the Mountain Men 
by Ms. Linda Hasselstrom


April 2:  The Search for Black Gold
by Mr. David Schnute


May 7:  The Riot at the Custer Courthouse 
by Mr. Bernie Christensen


June 4:  On the Hunt for World War II Artifacts
by Ms. June Stender Johnston


October 4:  Thunder Over Dakota
by Lt. Col. George A. Larson, USAF (retired) 


November 5:  Tragedy at Gettysburg
by Mr. Dusty Dustman




Recaps of 2015 Programs

(click on underlined title for link)


February 7:  Mounted Archery Techniques

by Mr. Jay Red Hawk


March 7:  A Historic Look: The Carving of Mt. Rushmore to the Challenge of Preservation

by Mr. Blaine Kortemeyer


April 11:  Remembering a WWI Hero from South Dakota

by Dr. Arley Fadness


May 2: 

If You Have to Grow Up,

it Might as Well be in a Small Town

by Ms. Phyllis Schrag


June 6:  The Polio Epidemic Here

by Ms. Cindy Messinger


 October 3:  As Good as Remington and Russell

by Mr. Ed McGaa Eagle Man


November 7: 

Our National Parks Yesterday and Today

by Mr. Paul Horsted


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