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History Day on June 14-15 to celebrate 130th anniversary of Meade County
In celebration of the formation of Meade County in 1889, this year's Sturgis and Meade County Historical Society's 5th annual History Day on Friday and Saturday, June 14-15, will celebrate the 130th anniversary of Meade County.

The Sturgis City Auditorium will be the location for History Day which will kickoff  Friday with a social from 4:30-7 p.m. Historical displays of former and current communities and families of Meade County will be open to the public during this time.

The historical displays will again be open to the public beginning at 8 a.m Saturday. A parade down Sturgis Main Street will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday.

Following the parade, two talks by Newell native and former Black Hills area newspaper reporter and editor Tim Velder will be held at City Auditorium. His 11 a.m. presentation is titled "Remember the Titans: Cold War on the Plains." Velder explained the United States was defended in the late 1950s and early 1960s by the Titan missile which was prior to the development of the Minuteman Missile Program. Sites were built in Sturgis, Hermosa and Wicksville, on a fast and expensive schedule, but lasted only a short time before they were removed from service.

Velder's 1 p.m. presentation is about abandoned towns of eastern Butte and central Meade Counties. "During the final homesteading land rush of the Great Plains, many communities sprung up on the prairies north of the Black Hills," Velder said. "These included postal stations, stores, saloons, schools and other businesses."

Those attending the 1 p.m. talk will learn more about some of these communities, from Acme to Zeona, and the people who worked to put them on the map.

Space is still available for those wanting to display information about Meade County family history, current or former county communities or other history of Meade County. For more information, contact Janice Lundgren at (605)347-3233 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . For individuals or groups interested in participating in the parade, contact Leon Schroeder at (605)939-9979 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

This event is possible due, in part, to the following Historical Society sponsors: Arby's, City of Sturgis, Da Bus, Davenport Family Real Estate, Elk Creek Steakhouse, First Interstate Bank, First National Bank, Grocery Mart, Jambonz Grill & Pub, KBHB Radio, La Risa Mexican Cuisine, Loud American Roadhouse, Papa John's, Sidehack Saloon, Sturgis Photo & Gifts, The HomeSlice Group, The Knuckle Saloon, The Oasis Bar, Wanda's Kitchen and Weimer's Diner & Donuts.

 

Taste of Sturgis a  success
More than 300 people attended the fourth annual Taste of Sturgis - a fundraiser for the Sturgis and Meade County Historical Society - held Jan. 11, 2019, at Sturgis City Auditorium.

The People’s Choice Award, as determined by those in attendance, went to Elk Creek Steakhouse, first; Weimer’s Diner and Donuts, second; and Wanda’s Kitchen, third.

Also serving bites of food were Arby’s, Grocery Mart, Jambonz Grill and Pub, La Risa Mexican Cuisine, Loud American Roadhouse, Papa John’s, Sidehack Saloon and The Knuckle Saloon. The Oasis provided a cash bar.

In addition to the businesses listed above, Historical Society sponsors include Boulder Canyon Station Convention Center, City of Sturgis, Da Bus, Davenport Family Real Estate, First Interstate Bank, First National Bank, KBHB Radio, Sturgis Photo and Gifts, and The Home Slice Group. To view photos from this event, click on the link, below.    

 

To view photos from Historical Society-sponsored events, click on the following link:

https://sturgismeadecohistoricalsociety.shutterfly.com

 

 

 

 

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