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Cowboy poetry, western storytellers at Heritage Center
F.Ganje - March 16, 2017

SPEARFISH, SD -  Cowboy poetry and song and western story telling comes to the High Plains Western Heritage Center in Spearfish, SD with a weekend of performances that includes an author presentation of “Vigilantes in the Black Hills,” and two generations of cowboy poets on stage in the Bruce Miller Theater.

Local historian, Wayne Gilbert, will discuss Black Hills vigilantes and their victims. There were relatively few actual vigilante lynching’s in the Black Hills during frontier days. But for those that did, each one comes with an interesting back story. Starting with the infamous incident at “Hangman’s Hill” in Rapid City and continuing to the lynching’s at “Fiddler’s Tree” in Sturgis, the presentation will reveal interesting details about the actions of early-day vigilance committees in the Black Hills.

The program is set for Saturday, March 18, 2017 from 2:00-3:00pm is free to the public   A free will donation is encouraged.

The following day, Sunday, March 19, 2017 from 2:00-3:00pm, Bill and Jan Swan Wood and Colin Wood offer a glimpse into the world of cowboying and western living.  Both Bill and Jan, who ranch near Newell, SD,  are accomplished poets, writers and musicians and well known entertainers among poetry gatherings.  Their brand of entertainment also includes the next generation of the story teller in the family when Colin joins them on stage.

Tickets are available by contacting the High Plains Western Heritage Center in Spearfish.  For more information on the Center and its programming, go online at westernheritagecenter.com and see them on Facebook.



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