Event Details

Summer Series: Beggin Burros

June 28, 2019  5:00 pm - 6:00 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.

Come learn about one of South Dakota’s greatest attractions - the burros of Custer State Park. A team from the park - Lydia Austin, Mark Hendrix and Kobee Stalder - has all you need to know about the loveable donkeys.

Take a look back at the “Golden Age” of burros, when there were two different herds. The discussion will include the tragedy of the Legion Lake Fire and how the herd will be managed for the next 100 years.

Lydia Austin has spent the last four years working as the park’s interpretive programs manager. She has been a part of a number of changes at the park, and she helped organize and manage the Custer State Park Historic Archives.

Austin bounced around a number of national parks before returning the Black Hills. She is passionate about sharing the rich history of the area as well as getting out and exploring the Black Hills with her family.

Mark Hendrix is the resource program manager, overseeing noxious weed spraying, bison management, vegetation utilization, prairie dog control, prescribed fire, timber management, and fence construction.

Hendrix is currently working on a biological science master’s degree and is involved with several local and national groups that mirror his efforts at Custer State Park. His main focus is on restoration following the Legion Lake Fire.

Kobee Stalder is the park’s visitor services program manager, overseeing all the marketing, communications, web presence and social media efforts. He was previously the director of athletic communications at the University of Northern Colorado. Stalder has a master’s degree in education and a bachelor’s degree in journalism and communication.

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.