Tornado over Lookout Mountain in Spearfish.

Tornado over Lookout Mountain in Spearfish.

The Matthews Art Gallery will be hosting the Fassbender Collection March 6-28.  The opening reception for this exhibit is Friday, March 6, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.  The reception and exhibit is free and open to the public during gallery hours.  

Historic Photography of  Spearfish and Beyond


Joseph Fassbender with cowboy.

There will be fifteen Spearfish-themed historic photos on display.  Each photo will have a description displayed next to it.  Jerry Rawlings, researcher of the Fassbender collection, will be providing these descriptions.

An added benefit will be that people will be able to order prints of the photos on display.  Orders may be placed at the gallery.

What is the Fassbender Collection?

The Fassbender Collection of historic Black Hills photography features many never before seen images of the early days of the South Dakota cities of Spearfish, Lead and Deadwood in addition to the entire Black Hills region are in the collection. The grand opening of Spearfish Canyon Road, presidential visits and a vast selection of early mining photos are among the many images that will have great interest to the general public. Also included are graduation, wedding and family photos that will be useful to genealogists. The Fassbenders’ interest in the Lakota culture yielded a large quantity of work documenting day-to-day life on reservations early in the 20th century, as well as traditional Lakota ceremonies on and off the reservation. Also the Fassbenders were accomplished rodeo photographers who shot images year after year at the Days of 76 and Black Hills Roundup, parades and rodeos, as well as small rodeo events in the region.