Deadwood’s History and Information Center, located at 3 Siever St., will soon be home to an updated exhibit space as the City Commission approved $180,000 for updates, reports the Black Hills Pioneer. The project was awarded to Split Rock Studios of Arden Hills, MN, who also worked on Deadwood’s Welcome Center, and submitted the only bid for the project.
Historic Preservation Officers Kevin Kuchenbecker said that the city’s intent was to tie the History and Information Center updates into the design of the Welcome Center and South Gateway. The project was previously budgeted into fiscal years 2017, 2018, and 2019, with $75,000 allocated each year, so the $180,000 is not being pulled from any other budget lines, though it may appear as a supplement to the 2019 budget due to state compliance requirements.
The History and Information Center is located within the 1897 Chicago & Northwestern passenger depot and was last renovated in 1992. It receives approximately 48,000 visitors annually. The new exhibit design will feature integration of historic items such as photographs and ephemera, new exhibit cases and layouts, and a diorama of Deadwood’s Main Street in 1876, as well as necessary updates to other systems.
The city plans for work to start later this month and be completed by early next fall.
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