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Society of Black Hills Pioneers to meet

The 124th Annual Meeting of the Society of Black Hills Pioneers will be held July 21, 2013, at the Homestake Adam Research and Cultural Center, 150 Sherman Street, Deadwood, S.D. The social hour begins at 12:30 p.m. with the banquet at 1 p.m. The the banquet is $18.

The Program "Early Klu Klux Klan Activities in the Black Hills" will we given by Chuck Rambo, a retired teacher and former curator of the Fort Meade Museum.

Several scholarship recipients, who submitted essays about area history, will be recognized. Sandi Jolley will present the winners of the Society scholarships, who will read their winning essays. The Wong scholarships will be presented by Edith Wong. The First Annual Kinghorn Memorial Scholarship will also be presented by members of Kinghorn family. Julia Kinghorn served as secretary of the Society for 24 years.

New officers will be elected. Members and guests may make reservations by calling Chris Kinghorn Maupin at 605-642-7693 or 307-290-0935 by July 15.

The Society began because the prospectors felt an exclusive bond and wanted the world to remember they were the first. The organization was formed in 1889. To qualify for membership one must be a direct descendant of someone who was in the Black Hills prior to or at the time of the first federal census taken in June, 1880. The Black Hills area includes the counties of Lawrence, Meade, Butte, Pennington, Custer and Fall River in Dakota Territory and Crook or Weston counties in Wyoming Territory. The Society works to preserve the area cemeteries and other historical sites, presents scholarships, publishes a history book and has a float in the Days of '76 parade. Plans are already being made to celebrate the 125th year of the Society with a special book and program at the 2014 Annual Meeting.

–Society of B.H. Pioneers