Dr. David Wolff: "Finding our Past: Landmarks in Black Hills History"

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Join us Wednesday, March 9 at noon as BHSU’s Dr. David Wolff presents Finding Our Past: Landmarks in Black Hills History. By using a number of images, this presentation will visit sites around the Black Hills that can tell us about our past. Some of these places have historic markers, while others are just anonymous features on the landscape. Either way, area residents are probably familiar with them, but not with the full stories behind the locations. Through tales of the gold rush, past mining ventures, violent moments, and famous personalities, this talk will connect the landmarks to our past.

Dr. Wolff is Professor Emeritus at Black Hills State University where he specializes in South Dakota and Black Hills history. Wolff received a Ph.D. from Arizona State University and has written three books: Industrializing the Rockies; Seth Bullock: Black Hills Lawman; and The Savior of Deadwood: James K.P. Miller on the Gold Frontier. Wolff serves on the Board of Trustees for the South Dakota State Historical Society and Deadwood’s Adams Museum & House. He has received a number of awards, including the Mining History Association’s Rodman Paul Award for Outstanding Contributions to Mining History.


About the Bellman Brown Bag Series

The Bellman Brown Bag series is a humanities program designed to explore ideas, history, literature, art and culture. The Brown Bag program was developed by Dr. Stewart Bellman in the 1990’s. Recognizing the Matthews Opera House as an ideal venue for the exploration of humanities topics, he engaged a line-up of speakers to present programs on a range of humanities topics each month.

Dr. Bellman was a professor of English at Black Hills State University, Spearfish, SD. His teaching career spanned thirty years. Bellman retired from BHSU and passed away in November 2002.

Programs are presented on the second Wednesday of each month, noon to 1pm. Designed to begin and end within the lunch hour, patrons are invited to bring their lunch, if desired, or simply enjoy an hour of learning and entertainment.  This is an opportunity to gain insight into themes that touch our daily lives.

Coffee for the Bellman Brown Bag Series is generously provided by Common Grounds in Spearfish, SD.




Date and Time:


Wednesday, March 9, 2022


12:00 pm - 1:00 pm




Spearfish, SD 57783 + Google Map

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