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Learning Forum: Snapshots of Rapid City Railroading

February 23, 2020  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, Rick Mills, the director of the South Dakota State Railroad Museum, presents, "Snapshots of Rapid City Railroading." 



From glass plates to digital images, view snapshots of the Rapid City railroad system from the early 1800s to current day. See images from more than a dozen archives, museum collections, and individual photographers!

This program’s emphasis will be on the various types of rail service in the region and the vital role of railroads in South Dakota’s past, present and future.

Rick Mills of Hermosa is a fifth-generation resident of the Black Hills region and a lifelong railroad enthusiast. He currently serves as director of the South Dakota State Railroad Museum in Hill City, a position he has held since the museum’s opening in 2010.

Mills wrote and published his first book on railroad history in 1985 while a freshman at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. He has since authored five books on regional railroad history, co-authored or edited five other books, and produced articles, scripts, and photo essays for history publications and video productions.

He has been involved with programming for South Dakota Public Broadcasting, the History Channel, and the Discovery Channel, and is a presenter for the South Dakota Humanities Council Speakers Bureau.

Admission is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, half-off for members. Call 605-394-6923 to reserve tickets.

For more Learning Forums, click here.

You can sit anywhere you like in our theater! The seating map is below. Seats marked ADA indicate wheelchair accessibility. Blue seats indicate space for foldout chairs, but those with ADA requirements take first priority.

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