Valentine McGillycuddy

1881 Courthouse Museum

In the Moment ... February 12, 2018 Show 275 Hour 2

Gary Enright, director of the 1881 Courthouse Museum in Custer, tells the story of Valentine McGillycuddy for this week's Images of the Past.

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Fundraising for restoration of the McGillycuddy House in Rapid City has received a notable boost. Valentine T. McGillycuddy became known as a Renaissance man of the Old West. Now nationally-known watercolorist Jon Crane has donated a painting of the house, along with 300 prints and 30 artist’s proofs, with proceeds to go toward restoration. This weekend SDPB’s Victoria Wicks spoke with Jon Crane and with McGillycuddy’s grandson at a fundraiser where the painting was auctioned off.

Victoria Wicks

The McGillycuddy House in Rapid City sits empty, with exterior evidence of reconstruction. It was built in 1887 by Valentine McGillycuddy, a contract surgeon with General George Crook, Indian agent at Pine Ridge, mayor of Rapid City, and dean of School of Mines and Technology.