Deadwood’s Days of ’76 Museum is celebrating its grand opening this weekend. The new facility offers expanded and updated exhibits. Deadwood began its Days of ’76 rodeo eighty-nine years ago in 1924. Along with rodeo memorabilia the museum houses rare Native American artifacts from the Black Hills and across South Dakota. It also is home to an extensive collection of carriages, wagons, stagecoaches, and firearms.
Mary Kopco is the Executive Director of Deadwood History, Inc. She says the grand opening celebration will help increase interest and awareness of historic Dakota Territory.
“What our goal is, is to not only showcase the new exhibits on display at the Days Museum, but also to roll out all the public programming that we have to offer through DHI – Deadwood History, Inc,” says Kopco.
Deadwood History offers a year-round lecture series and youth workshops. Kopco says Saturday’s event includes a historic Centennial clothing style show, a chuckwagon dinner, wagon rides, and tours of the museum are free to the public. She adds that in the past more than fifty-thousand people visited the museum each year.