Lead South Dakota: Educational Field Trip

Science, Arts, Mining and Geology Tours for Students

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The streets of Lead tell a tale as rich as the gold mined from its hills. Bring your students and experience western South Dakota's past AND future – in one place!

Meets the history curriculum requirements for South Dakota Department of Education. Download Brochure >>

Science & Physics, Arts & Culture, Mining History, Tours & Artifacts Geology

#1 The LIVING MAP THEATRE is an exciting introduction to South Dakota history. With more than 1,000 colorful lights and film, your students will trace the history of the Black Hills gold rush. This 35-minute experience is enhanced by sound effects, character voices, narration and original music. Go on a tour of the Black Hills Ft. Pierre Roundhouse and learn about railroads that ran around the area and in the mine. www.LivingMapTheatre.com.

#2 In the BLACK HILLS MINING MUSEUM your students will take a realistic walk through time in the low-lit, timbered passages of a simulated underground

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gold mine,which was masterfully constructed by more than 130 actual Homestake miners. You can even pan for 'gold.' See historic mining artifacts, archived photographs and local history exhibits.


#3 Tour the HISTORIC HOMESTAKE OPERA HOUSE which was built for the community of Lead in 1914. Fondly nicknamed 'Jewel of the Black Hills' for its grandeur, this beautiful building survived a a devastating fire in 1984. Thanks to grants and donations for restoration, it is a popular year-round venue for tours, weddings, events, concerts and several community theatre performances. www.HomestakeOperaHouse.org

#4 & #5 HOMESTAKE VISITORS CENTER & MANUEL BROTHERS PARK is located on the edge of the historic site of the original 1876 Gold Strike. This 1,250-ft. deep hole is a half-mile wide is called 'The Open Cut.' You'll watch a 13-min. video about the history of the mine, see the view from the Observation Deck and listen to our guide explain the interesting rock formations. www.HomestakeVisitorCenter.com

#6 SANFORD UNDERGROUND LABORATORY AT HOMESTAKE is host to a broad range of experiments at several levels of the former Homestake Mine, which was the largest mine in the Western Hemisphere at 8,000-ft. deep, until it closed in 2001. Educational opportunities abound in physical, geological, life sciences and engineering. www.SanfordLab.org

For more information contact: Lead Education Field Trip Services Mallory Everett, coordinator (605) 584-1605.

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