Black Hills State University will present the next segment of the Community Lecture and Lunch series Thursday, Feb. 17 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Jacket Legacy Room in the David B. Miller Student Union.
Dr. David Wolff, professor of history and expert on Black Hills history, will present “Dying in Deadwood: Violence on the Black Hills Mining Frontier” The presentation will look at violence in Deadwood and the surrounding area from about 1875-1879. Wolff notes that when people discuss the Black Hills Gold Rush, violence always seems to be part of the conversation, and perhaps it should be. Deadwood is most noted for the murder of Wild Bill Hickok in 1876, while in that same year, the Great Sioux War swirled around the Black Hills. Unfortunately many of the stories about violence, how it happened and at what frequency, are buried in myth and are often dealt with as singular, unrelated events. (Some of the myths include Hollywood images of street shoot-outs and the story that a murder a day happened in Deadwood.) Wolff’s presentation will counter some of these myths and place the violent occurrences in the larger context of the gold rush, especially how the types and locations of violence changed over time.
The Lecture and Lunch is open to the public. There is no fee to attend, attendees should bring a bag lunch or pick up a lunch from the Hive. For more information please call Shelby Cihak at (605) 642-6420. Learn more about various Lecture Series offered at BHSU www.BHSU.edu/Lectures