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Turtle Soup: Cascade Falls

February 14, 2020  12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Feed your mind and your belly with Turtle Soup, featuring a presentation on historic Black Hills figures or events and a bowl of soup provided by Angel’s Catering.

This week, our Turtle Soup story “Cascade Falls,” is led by Renee Boen and David Williams from the Archaeological Research Center, a program of the South Dakota State Historical Society located in Rapid City.

In the 1890s, the Carlsbad Spring Company developed their Sanitarium and Bath House in Fall River County, along with the resort town Cascade Springs. The town grew rapidly for a few years until the Panic of 1893, a serious economic depression in the United States. New life was given to the sanitarium when the ruins were excavated a century later by the Archaeological Research Center. You’ll see its rise and fall through photographs and stories.


Carlsbad Spring Company’s Sanitarium and Bath House, Cascade Springs, South Dakota, ca. 1893

Renee M. Boen is the State Archaeologist and Director of the Archaeological Research Center. In her early career, she held almost every position there. She went on to serve as the South Zone Archaeologist for Hell Canyon and Mystic Ranger Districts at the Black Hills National Forest, then as Area Archaeologist/Principal Investigator at the Bureau of Reclamation, Dakotas Area Office. In 2018, she came full circle back to the Center.

Her team supports preservation sites, artifacts, and records, and develops outside relationships. Boen’s research interests include burial customs, tool stone identification, site management, collection management and preservation.

David Williams is a Senior Archaeologist and the Contracts Manager at the Archaeological Research Center, acting as liaison between federal, state, and private contractors. His team completes grant and contract projects.

Williams grew up in Rapid City, going on to study anthropology and archaeology at the University of South Dakota. He completed his master’s in anthropology in 2012 from the University of Colorado Boulder.

Over the past 16 years, he’s been involved in cultural resource management and academic projects in 10 states and Mexico. His research interests include lithic technology, long-distance exchange of lithic materials, geochemical sourcing of raw materials, and experimental stone tool use.

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

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