Deadwood History Link

Friday, 15 April 2005 05:53

South Dakota Historic Sites Get Deadwood Funds

Thirteen historic sites throughout South Dakota will receive almost $225,000 in aid this year for projects including stained glass window rehabilitation and roof replacement, thanks to the Outside Deadwood Grant program funded by the Deadwood Historic Preservation Commission.

The Outside Deadwood Grant program was established in 2002 to help fund historic preservation programs outside Deadwood city limits but within the state of South Dakota. Since its inception, the program has awarded nearly $875,000 to projects from Dumont to Dell Rapids and Sisseton to Fairfax. Up to $250,000 is available annually.

“Anyone who works in historic preservation will almost always tell you that their number one problem is obtaining funds,” said Jim Wilson, Deadwood’s Historic Preservation Officer. “That’s why the Outside Deadwood Grant was established. Now there are twelve more places in our state that have some substantial money they can use to preserve some of our South Dakotan heritage.”

“Deadwood has an incredibly vivid history with a broad appeal. All you have to do is turn on your television or pick up a magazine to see that,” explained Troy Love, chair of the Deadwood Historic Preservation Commission. “HBO developed a dramatic series based on Deadwood’s past, there have been dozens of travel articles in international journals, and now we’re getting people like the History Channel and the Travel Channel out here. Deadwood has a great story to tell - but so does the rest of South Dakota. Our entire state is a treasure chest of frontier history, and the world is starting to take notice.

“That’s why it’s so important to preserve it – all of it,” Love continued. “Whether it’s in Deadwood or Delmont, it’s a part of our shared South Dakotan legacy. We’re all connected, and that’s why we need to do our best to save pieces of it, no matter if stands East River or West River.”

In 2005, the following 13 historic projects across the state were awarded funds totaling $221,641 from this program: 

  • Cultural Heritage Center, Pierre - $3,750
  • Booth Society, Spearfish - $17,925 
  • 243 River, Hot Springs - $25,000
  • Christ Church, Lead - $25,000
  • Newell Museum, Newell - $10,000
  • South Lead Cemetery, Lead - $25,000 
  • Trinity United Methodist, Lead - $12,200
  • Lead-Deadwood High School, Lead - $15,000
  • Homestake Opera House (Lighting), Lead - $25,000
  • Hearst Library, Lead - $5,356 
  • Mount Roosevelt Tower, Lawrence County - $25,000 
  • Galena School, Galena - $7,230 
  • Dell Rapids Opera House - $25,000

Past recipients of Outside Deadwood Grants include the State Theater in Sioux Falls, the Historic Governor’s Mansion in Pierre and the Courthouse Museum in Custer.

For information about obtaining a grant next year, contact Deadwood Historic Preservation at (605) 578-2082, or stop by Deadwood City Hall at 108 Sherman Street, Deadwood.