Deadwood History Family Fun Night

2021 Season Starts May 27th!

Deadwood History presents Family Fun Nights Thursday evenings this summer.   The fun starts at 6:15pm at Outlaw Square immediately following the shoot out down town.  Deadwood History Inc. will have fun, educational programming for the whole family. There will also be fun lawn games and activities available!  Bring your chairs or blankets and grab a good spot on the turf for a great night of family fun.

2021 Schedule

(activities and dates subject to change) 

  • Week 1 – May 27 – Black Hills Sheroes: Local historian and performer, Joyce Jefferson, presents the stories of pioneer African American women who opened Dakota Territory during and after the Gold Rush Days. 
  • Week 2 – June 3 – Black Hills Sheroes: Local historian and performer, Joyce Jefferson, presents the stories of pioneer African American women who opened Dakota Territory during and after the Gold Rush Days. 
  • Week 3 – June 17 – Black Hills Raptor Center: The Black Hills Raptor Center will be bringing their Birds of Prey. They will also talk about area wildlife and their program’s conservation efforts. 
  • Week 4 – June 24 – Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation: The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundationwill have information and hands on activities about the elk population in and around the Black Hills.
  • Week 5 – July 1 – History of the Blues: The Deadwood Public Library is excited to host Joey Leone and his Band with “The History of Blues in America”  for their summer reading Kick-off, a program covering the history, influence and impact of American blues music through songs, stories and historical facts.
  • Week 6 – July 8 – Library Night: The Lead Library will be hosting Library Night, with a reading of one of her popular “But Nana…” books by our local children’s book author, Robin Carmody, and followed by a show performed by master puppeteer, Markie Scholz. 
  • Week 7 – July 15 – Hoop Dancing: Local artist, Starr Chief Eagle, will provide a complete ethnic dive into Lakota Culture that will explore the language, art, and stories of the Lakota people in a fun, educational way.
  • Week 8 – July 22 – Days of ’76 Celebration:  Get ready for the annual Days of ’76 Celebration by learning about the different cultures, including the prominent and influential Chinese community that made Deadwood what it is today.
  • Followed by: Harmonica Funny Man: “Jethro BlueJethro Blue, America’s fave G-rated comic and harmonica virtuoso is coming to Deadwood’s Outlaw Square. 

Jethro is a 9 time Emmy winner & has toured Belgium, Australia, Europe, Mexico and all over the United States.  You’ve probably heard Jethro’s work in commercials and TV shows. He’s has studied with blues masters Sugar Blue, Big Wheeler, the  Blues Orphans & has paid his musical dues. Jethro has seen everything but the wind, and he’ll put on a show the kids and your mother-in-law will enjoy.  Jethro Blue simply loves Deadwood and he’s excited to share his songs, stories and jokes. 

  • Week 9 – August 19 – Index card Flashlights:  Explore the science behind electricity and engineering by making a flashlight out of only an index card, aluminum foil, a bulb, a battery, and tape. 
  • Week 10 – September 2 – Reverse Coloring:  We provide the color, you provide the drawings.  Use your imagination to create stunning works of art by tracing shapes, finding patterns, or just doodling a picture.  Let your imagination run wild!