Event Details

Turtle Soup - Spokane & Points In-Between

October 18, 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, Gary "Doc" Kuchar presents, "Spokane & Points In-Between." This Turtle Soup is about the vanished places of the Southern Hills.


Here one minute and gone the next - South Dakota is full of ghost towns. Explore the rise and fall of these vanished places in an entertaining program about local history. 

"Most places disappear but there's still something there," Kuchar says.

Hear about places like the town of Spokane, known for a mine full of arsenic and a shocking murder confession.

And who better to lead this ghost town adventure than a man born during a thunderstorm on Friday the 13th? Kuchar will help you visualize what these towns were like and what led to their demise.

Kuchar has been a trustee at the 1881 Courthouse Museum and with the Custer County Historical Society for the better part of a decade. He grew up on a farm in Nebraska and has always had a love of history. In fact, his 104-year-old mother runs her own museum in their rural hometown of Meadow Grove, Nebraska.

The proud father of two daughters, Kuchar currently lives in Custer, South Dakota.

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

For more Turtle Soups, click here.

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

Back to main calendar

The Journey Museum & Learning Center regularly adds new events, exhibits, and features to the expansive museum, covering American history, Black Hills history, and Native American culture.

Want to stay up to date?

Sign up for our newsletter to stay in touch and learn more about the history that has shaped our society.

Subscribe to our mailing list

Our Sponsors



The Journey Museum and Learning Center is one of the more unique museums to experience not only the history of the Black Hills but Native American culture.

Visit this page



The Journey Museum and Learning Center functions as a nonprofit thanks to the generous donations of our supporters and sponsors.

In this section...


Sponsor List


About Us

Learn more about us at The Journey Museum and Learning Center and how we aim to teach the community about Black Hills history and Native American culture.

Visit this page

Subscribe to our mailing list

* indicates required


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.