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Guest Speakers

The CCHS hosts eight speakers (Oct-June) per year who present on a variety of topics pertaining to Custer County history. Presentations are free and open to the public (donations welcome) and take place in the Pine Room at the Custer County Annex Building - just down the hall from the library on 447 Crook St. 

Historic Programs begin at 2:30pm

brief organizational update: 2:15pm

If you'd like to be a CCHS speaker, contact us

January 6: Rick Mills
Little Trains on the Prairie

February 3: Hugh O'Gara
Black Hills Cemeteries 

March 2: June Johnston
History of Fire Towers

April 6: Hank Fridell
The History of Sanator

May 4: Kenny Hargens
Gold Rush of Redfern, SD

June 1: Travel to Custer State Park
with Cabin Owners Association

October 5: Scott Lockwood
Life of Doc Middleton

November 2: Bradley Block
Recreation in the Black Hills 

December 7:
Museum Holiday Open House

Old Time Country Fair
July 3-4, 2023

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Family fun! The Old Time Country Fair, held on the museum grounds at 447 Mt Rushmore Road in Custer. Numerous vendors with hand-crafted items, jewelry, photography, books, activities, food items and more. 

Event hours & events:

July 3 • 10am-8pm

Further details TBA

July 4 • 9am-5pm

10am Patriotic Parade in downtown Custer

Further details TBA

Gold Discovery Days
July 19-21, 2024
150th anniversary of the discovery of gold in the Black Hills

Arts and Crafts Fair - Carnival - Kids Events - Car Show & More!


Custer’s first Gold Discovery commemoration was in July, 1921 when the community gathered to dedicate a native stone monument to H.N. Ross.  Ross was a member of the 1874 Custer Expedition who discovered gold in French Creek near the present city of Custer. The Custer County Chronicle reported the event this way: "One of the largest crowds, estimated at several thousand, attended the dedicatory services and celebration commemorating the discovery of gold in the Black Hills, called the “Richest Hundred Miles Square” and the “Diamond Stickpin on the Bosom of the Earth.” . . . The evening was filled with wrestling matches, picture shows, dances and other entertainment."

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