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Mary Kopco has overseen the expansion of Deadwood's museum collections and programs for 20 years.
Mary Kopco has overseen the expansion of Deadwood's museum collections and programs for 20 years.
Black Hills Pioneer photo
September 9, 2014

Deadwood Says Goodbye to History Maven Kopco

After 20 years growing Deadwood's museums and historical archives, Mary Kopco plans to leave her leadership post at Deadwood History Inc., reports the Black Hills Pioneer and Rapid City Journal

Kopco also is a member of the Black Hills Knowledge Network board of directors, and her departure creates a vacancy on the board.

During her time in Deadwood, which began as the lone full-time employee at the Adams Museum, Kopco added education programs at the museum, grew the budget from $100,000 to $1.4 million, added 13 full-time employees plus several part-time employees and established the Homstake-Adams Research and Cultural Center. In addition, she was key in establishing Deadwood History Inc. as an umbrella organization over two museums and the HARCC.

Kopco said her decision was prompted by a teaching contract for her husband, Paul, not being renewed at Black Hills State University, and a need to be closer to a major airport in order to visit her son, Alex, in Seattle.



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