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Summer Series: Battle of Greasy Grass

June 25, 2019  2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Enjoy our Summer Series - presentations on Black Hills figures or events packed with history and fun! Each presentation lasts an hour, including a Q&A.

June 25 is the anniversary of the Battle of Greasy Grass, also known as the Battle of Little Bighorn and Custer’s Last Stand. In 1876, the U.S. Army fell to the combined forces of the Lakota, Northern Cheyenne and Arapaho tribes. 

Historian Donovin Sprague will provide the Native American mindset on the anniversary of this storied conflict. 

Born and raised on the Cheyenne River Reservation, Sprague is an enrolled Minnicoujou Lakota and a family descendant of both Crazy Horse and Chief Hump.

Sprague is an adjunct instructor in American Indian Studies at Black Hills State University, a tribal archivist, a historic tour guide, and a musician. He contracts with the Smithsonian as a historian, writer, and contributing author.

He is the author of 10 books, the most recent being “Hump and Crazy Horse.”

In 2015, Sprague received the Distinguished Achievement in Humanities Award from the South Dakota Humanities Council. In 2014, he received the Ziebach County Historian of the Year Award by the Ziebach County Historical Society.

The City of Rapid City proclaimed “Donovin Sprague Day” on March 23, 1994.

Admission for a Summer Series event is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and half-off for members. Call 394-6923 to reserve seats. 

Theater map below. Seats marked ADA indicate wheelchair accessibility. Blue seats indicate space for foldout chairs, but ADA needs take first priority.


Friday, June 7 at 5 p.m.: Eyes of the Storm
Friday, June 14 at 5 p.m.: Celebrating 50 Years of the Chapel in the Hills

Friday, June 21 at 5 p.m.: Musical Experience by Hank Harris

Tuesday, June 25 at 2 p.m.: 
Battle of Greasy Grass
Friday, June 28 at 5 p.m.: Burros in Custer State Park

Friday, July 5 at 5 p.m.: James Webb Space Telescope
Friday, July 12 at 5 p.m.: 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 Mission

Friday, July 19 at 5 p.m.:
 Custer Expedition
Friday, July 26 at 5 p.m.: The Back Porch - A Legend of Rock 'N Roll

Friday, Aug. 2 at 5 p.m.: Nuggets and Neutrinos

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The Journey Museum is currently in Winter Hours:

Winter Hours

(October 1st – April 30th)
10 AM – 5 PM Monday through Saturday
1 PM – 5 PM Sundays

Summer Hours

(May 1st – September 30th)
9 AM – 6 PM Monday through Saturday
11 AM – 5 PM Sundays


All individual admissions are good for two days with receipt.

Museum General Admission:

Adults (ages 18+) $10
Seniors (ages 62+) $8
Students (ages 6 – 17) $7
Children 5 & under FREE with family

Groups (10+ people):

$7 per person

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

Education Groups (12+ students):

$3 per student (all students 18 and under)
$5 College Students

Chaperones are requested. Special pricing will be extended to adult chaperones.

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