MAY 17 - AUG. 11, 2019
Learn about the grand opening of "Gold!"
The exhibit is the story of discovery and its consequences for the Black Hills and those who call them home.
The history of the Black Hills is deeply rooted in the lives of two groups: Lakotas and pioneers. The Custer Expedition of 1874 changed the lives of both when gold was discovered, with very different outcomes for the two groups.
Following the discovery of gold by the Custer Expedition, the U.S. government seized the Black Hills under The Agreement of 1877. This act was a clear violation of the 1868 Treaty of Ft. Laramie, which guaranteed the Great Sioux Nation all land in South Dakota west of the Missouri River in perpetuity.
With the opening of the Black Hills to settlement, the population boomed and led to the establishment of many of the region's best-known communities. Gold brought prosperity and western civilization to the region but resulted in the destruction of traditional Lakota culture and ultimately the Great Sioux War of 1876.
We at The Journey Museum and Learning Center strive to tell the story of the Black Hills gold rush in a balanced, unbiased way. With the cooperation of multiple community groups and members, we are telling the story of discovery and change.
Included with admission
FREE for members
The Journey Museum & Learning Center regularly adds new events, exhibits, and features to the expansive museum, covering American history, Black Hills history, and Native American culture.
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