Black Hills Knowledge Netowork

Last Wednesday, Freemasons celebrated the placement of a new marker and interpretive panel at Mt. Moriah Cemetery in Deadwood that provides information on the Celestial Lodge found in the Masonic…
Forty-five years ago on June 9, 1972, torrential rains caused the Canyon Lake Dam to fail and sent water rushing through Rapid CIty. More than ten inches of rainfall over…
In May 1900, the Homestake Mine produced $185,000 worth of gold ore every fifteen days, according to The Sumpter Miner. In order to maximize production at the mine, a new…
On May 2, 1943, Republican presidential candidate Wendell Willkie gave an impassioned speech at the Mount Rushmore National Memorial. Willkie spoke critically of individuals with a “get mine” attitude concerning…
On April 29 1868, the second Treaty of Fort Laramie was signed by several bands of Lakota and Dakota leaders. The treaty provided for “absolute and undisturbed use and occupation”…
Long-forgotten advertisements, or ghost murals, painted on Deadwood’s historic buildings will soon be eligible for historic preservation funds, according to the Black Hills Pioneer. The first project to be tackled…
On April 19th, 1893, over a hundred Lakota men, women and children, including many notable figures such as Red Cloud, Kicking Bear, and Short Bull, arrived in Chicago to participate…
In April 1910, former President Theodore Roosevelt invited his friend Seth Bullock to visit him in London, England. In his autobiography, Roosevelt recalled their first meeting, in which Bullock was…
In April 1921, South Dakota Attorney General Byron Payne announced his intent to enforce South Dakota’s blue laws. Blue laws, also known as Sunday laws, prohibit certain activities on Sunday,…
In April 1956, a run-off election for a city commission seat in Newell turned out 75 percent of the town’s eligible voters. A total of 321 votes were cast in…
On March 18, 1930, voters in Rapid City denied a franchise for the Dakota Power Company, which would later become the Black Hills Power and Light Company. Frustrated by poor…
On March 15, 1904, the State Convention of the Socialist Party in South Dakota gathered in Sioux Falls to elect individuals to represent the party in the upcoming state elections.…
On March 11, 1914, the Carnegie Corporation, a charity established by steel magnate Andrew Carnegie, notified the Rapid City Library’s Board of Trustees of its decision to award $12,500 for the…
During the first week of March 1934, U.S. Indian Affairs Commissioner John Collier met with delegations from 18 tribes in Rapid City to solicit feedback concerning the Indian Reorganization Act…
In the final days of February 1929, exactly one week before leaving office, President Calvin Coolidge signed a bill allocating $250,000 to the ambitious task of carving the figures of…
On February 19, 1992, Rapid City aldermen Karen Bulman and Frank O’Grady held a meeting to discuss possible projects to occur over the next twenty years in Rapid City. As…
The Spearfish Historical Society hosts a variety of historical talks throughout the year that take place at the Spearfish Senior Citizen’s Center. The program is open to the public. Visit…
The Black Hills Knowledge Network offers a variety of digital research tools and resources to access historical items from the Black Hills Region. Digital History Archives – Biblioboard The Black…
Struggling to grasp the backstory to a local issue? Don’t worry, we have you covered. The pages below provide insight and background information on a variety of issues pertaining to…
On January 22, 1943, a frontal boundary separated cold Artic air from warm Pacific air over the Black Hills, causing drastic changes in temperature in the region. Spearfish, nestled in…
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