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Learning Forum: "Raiding Deadwood's Bad Lands"

February 10, 2019  2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Learning Forums are thought-provoking presentations on a wide variety of topics. Each program features a 45-minute presentation, followed by an open forum with questions and discussion about the topic.

This week, Michael Trump presents, "Raiding Deadwood's Bad Lands."

For over 100 years, Deadwood’s economy was tethered to various illegal vices. From being known as the place to get a drink during prohibition, to offering wide-open gambling through 1947, or opportunities to visit ladies of the evening, Deadwood maintained an unapologetic disregard for the law. 

Following the final closure of its brothels in 1980, Deadwood quickly became a pioneer in limited, legalized gaming that reinvigorated its economy and helped maintain its prominence as South Dakota's playground.

The presenter, Michael Trump, currently serves as regulatory counsel for National American University. He holds a bachelor's and master's degree in American History and a Juris Doctorate. He makes his home with his wife and daughter in Rapid City, South Dakota.

Admission for a Learning Forum is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, half-off for members, & FREE for students ages 6-17 (includes museum admission). Call 605-394-6923 to reserve seats.

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Tour guides available. Please call (605) 394-6923 one week prior to visit to schedule.