Event Details

Turtle Soup - Friendship Tower

November 22, 2019  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, Halley Legge, Kelsey Bean and Brett Ewald from the Black Hills National Forest present, "The Friendship Tower."

Hikers can find the Theodore Roosevelt Friendship Tower just outside Deadwood, South Dakota. It was constructed in 1919 to honor a great friendship between Seth Bullock and Theodore Roosevelt. One-hundred years after completion of the tower, it is still a magnificent reminder of conservation, the preservation of wild places, and lasting friendship.

Halley Legge is a Rapid City native and is proud to call the Black Hills her home. She currently serves as a Support Services Specialist and has been working professionally in Forest Recreation, Youth Engagement, Conservation Education and Outreach, Wildland Fire, and Administration for the Black Hills National Forest since 2009. She enjoys all things outdoors, including hiking, biking, and tending to her gardens. She currently resides in Sundance, Wyoming with her orange tabby-cat, Henry.

Kelsey Bean currently serves as a Resource Assistant for the Black Hills National Forest in Custer, South Dakota. She has worked at several different National Forest and Grassland units and National Park Service sites across the country. During middle school, she became interested in the life and accomplishments of Theodore Roosevelt. Admiring his views on conservation and his desire to preserve natural and cultural landscapes she became a T. Roosevelt enthusiast. Her college academic education includes History, Interpretation and Native American Studies.

Brett Ewald came to the Black Hills from northern Minnesota four years ago. He is employed as an Archaeological Technician with the Black Hills National Forest, located in Spearfish, South Dakota. Brett enjoys photography, exploring the Black Hills and surrounding area, reading, genealogy, and historical research. His Thesis research is on Euro-American Fur Trade artifacts. He retired from the Air National Guard this past June after 21 years.

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

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Theater map 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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10 AM – 5 PM Monday through Saturday
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Children 5 & under FREE with family

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

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$3 per student (all students 18 and under)
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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.