We were honored to host the board of the Black Hills Area Community Foundation for their board meeting, and also the Black Hills By Choice group for a complete tour of the building (including inside the old swimming pool) plus a plasterwork replication presentation and also tasty social provided by Jamie Heupel of Lotus Up Catering.
CUSTOMIZE A FIELD TRIP FOR YOUR STUDENTS
Bus parking is available, and each site is wheelchair accessible.
The picnic area is available for outdoor lunch at Manuel Brothers Park adjacent to the Visitor Center.
COST $3 to $10 / student. Price dependent on number of activities.
**Teachers, chaperones and bus drivers are free of charge!
Billi Bierle, Executive Director, (605) 584-3110
At the BLACK HILLS MINING MUSEUM your group will experience a walk through time in the low-lit, timbered passages of a simulated underground gold mine, which was masterfully constructed by more than 130 actual Homestake miners. The Museum includes historic mining artifacts, archived photographs, and local history exhibits. You can even pan for gold!
The HISTORIC HOMESTAKE OPERA HOUSE was built by the Homestake Gold Mine and seated 1,000 people. It also boasted a bowling alley, billiard hall, library, social hall and even a heated indoor swimming pool! Hear a soloist perform, experience amazing acoustics, climb a grand staircases, and get a sneak peek at recently finished restoration and a new Interpretive Exhibit. Concerts, theatre, and events are featured year-round.
The SANFORD LAB HOMESTAKE VISITOR CENTER is a brand-new $5 million welcome center located on the edge of the Open Cut, a 1,250-ft deep and half-mile wide mining site. Check out the amazing view as guides explain the unique rock formations. Exhibits touch on the Homestake Gold Mine's 125-year history and showcase how a broad range of experiments are now occurring in the underground research facility.
MANUEL BROTHERS PARK is a large, scenic picnic spot used for field trip recreation. Located next to the Visitor Center and the Open Cut, the park is nicknamed for the Homestake deposit first discovered by Fred and Moses Manuel, Alex Engh, and Hank Harney in April 1876 during the Black Hills Gold Rush.