The South Dakota Humanities Council pulled out the stops to welcome the official authors of the 2017 South Dakota Festival of Books tonight at the Historic Homestake Opera House at 313 W. Main Street, Lead, SD.
Special thanks to Dr. David Wolff and to Cyndie Harlan and staff of the Phoebe Apperson Hearst/Lead Public Library, neighbor to the Opera House. More than 90 people attended the event expertly catered by Dave Brueckner and staff from Cheyenne Crossing of Lead.
ABOVE: Major donors to the 2017 Wall #1 & 2 present at the Reveal Concert Event, from L to R: Diane & Dan DesLauries, Jennifer Young and mother Mary Beth (Dunn) Mallow representing the $10,000 Jim & Betty Dunn donation, Bob Morcom, Leona Ruffatto and son Rob Ruffatto, Maxine Morcom, Fred and Sherri Thurston, Connie Hyde, Betsy Ross Brown and her four family members representing the $10,000 Harold Edward Ross donation, and Karen and Tim Raben. Many other donors gave generously to this project, and the work continues. If you would like to contribute to this project, please contact Sarah Carlson at 605-584-2067 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
HUGE thanks to these very talented and generous local artists Jerry Aberle, Dennes Barrett, Chad Aberle of Avid Painting, Kaylee Linn, Lynn Namminga, Ericka Merchant, Tim Peterson of Flat Earth Art Co., Mike Ryan, and (not pictured) mascot Darby Aberle.
The transformation of plasterwork within the theater has continued with the Homestake legacy carrying it on. The second lower wall project is underway, nicknamed the "Ed RossWall." A $10,000 kickoff donation was made for this special project in memory of longtime Homestake electrical engineer and Wyodak mine manager Harold "Ed" Ross. Other donors have also given to the project.
The generous donation was made by Ed & Teen Ross' family, whose Homestake roots run deep. Ed's wife, Teen, was a dancer and performed several times on the Homestake Opera House stage. The Ross Shaft in Lead is named after Ed's uncle Alec Ross, who was superintendent of the Homestake mine for more than 25 years. Ed installed the communications system within the mine that allowed hoist operators to talk with miners in the cage. He was injured in a work-related explosion in 1946 and lost most of his vision, but even though he was legally blind, he went on to manage the Wyodak power plant and coal mine for 25 years until retiring in 1973 and returning to Lead. Other donors have also stepped forward to see this lower wall restored. The north lower "Ed Ross wall" project is slated to be completed in September 2017.
Photos courtesy Historic Homestake Opera House.
In Memory of Harold Edward Ross
Edward & June Pullen
In Memory of Jim & Betty Dunn
In Memory of Marjorie Morcom
Wayne & Kelly Klein
Tim & Karen Raben
In Memory of Barney Ruffatto
In Memory of Delores Ghere
In Memory of John & Anna Zupet
Lead High School Class of 1962 In Memory of Lance Picore and John Holso
Dale Berkebile & Donnabelle Talty
Mary Lerdal & Patrick Badiuk
Scott Hertl of Koala Electric
Fleming to kick off Neutrino DayBonnie T. Fleming, a Professor of Physics at Yale University, was a Lederman Fellowship at Fermilab working on the MiniBooNE experiment.
Michael Landry keynote speakerMichael Landry is a physicist with the California Institute of Technology, and the Head of the LIGO Hanford Observatory in Richland, Washington.
Saturday night, June 24: The opening night of Black Hills Opry was a hit. The crowd hooted and hollered and applauded Aces & Eights trio with featured guest artists Gumbo Lily of the West. There were lots of laughs, and guests enjoyed taking photos and talking with the musicians after the show. Thank you all for attending.
The next show is July 29 at 7:00 pm with Paul Larson and Allen & Jill Kirkham!
Restoration consultant (and former Homestake engineer) Jerry Aberle works diligently with restoration sidekick and HHOH facility manager Dennes Barrett, (formerly Black Hills Power serviceman) with special paint work by Chad Aberle of Avid Painting. All three men are from Lead, SD. This project was funded and completed because of an anonymous donation in honor of Jim Dunn who worked for Homestake for 38 years, and his sweet wife Betty, both of Lead, SD. The project was also supported by an Outside of Deadwood grant from Deadwood Historic Preservation. Thank you all so much.
Thanks to our annual 2017 members who keep our building going, and to our Facility Manager Dennes Barrett and our Custodial Expert Kaylee Linn for making sure the building always looks good for our visitors, tenants, families and friends.
Thanks to FastSigns for banner printing in front and back. There's more updates to come, so stay tuned. Thank you all for your love for this important place.
Hi friends! We've got special tour times through Memorial Day Weekend.
Our exciting plaster theater wall restoration is still in progress. Come and visit the Theater Built by a Gold Mine and the new exhibit upstairs.
Our regular 30-minute tour will be available after Memorial Day, Monday through Saturday, 11:00 to 2:00 pm. $5 admission, and kids 10 and younger are FREE. Thanks for your support!
Tours with the 1914 swimming pool included are $15 admission, open to groups of 12 people or less.
For more information or to schedule your tour this weekend, please call Sarah Carlson, HHOH executive director, at 605-920-0717. Thanks!
The Historic Homestake Opera House theater entrance and Interpretive Exhibit are open during events and free to enjoy for event patrons.
But because of restoration construction within the theater, our regular 30-minute tours are available by simply calling ahead for the next available time slot to keep the environment safe for visitors and also keep our construction going.
Tour admission is $5 per person and kids under 10 are free. Tours with the swimming pool included are $10 for groups of a dozen or less only.
The HHOH business office hours are 9:00 am - 3:00 pm Monday-Friday and the office is located in the rear of the building on Julius Street.
The building, theater, and Interpretive Exhibit is wheelchair accessible. Tourism helps support the fundraising operation of this historic building. Find out more about the building at HomestakeOperaHouse.org.
Call 605-584-2067 to schedule your tour. Thank you for your support of saving America’s historic places!
Nearly 750 patrons attended this high energy musical performed by the Gold Camp Player community theatre group at the Historic Homestake Opera House during the weekends of May 5-7 and 12-14. Directed by Dave Scherer with musical direction by Shelley Dragoo, the commitment to making this show a spectacle takes hundreds of hours by all involved as a team. Thank you to all the cast, crew, and costumers; plus our sponsors listed below. BRAVO!
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Photos courtesy Historic Homestake Opera House / Dennes Barrett.
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