Fifth Annual History Day a success;
History award recipients announced

More than 200 people passed through the doors of the Sturgis City Auditorium June 14-15 for the fifth annual History Day sponsored by the Sturgis & Meade County Historical Society. The recently concluded event celebrated the 130th anniversary of the formation of Meade County. .

A Saturday morning parade was held down Sturgis Main Street with more than 25 entries participating. Also held were two programs by former longtime Black Hills area newspaper reporter and editor Tim Velder, who now resides in Sundance, Wyo., where he works in marketing and communications for Powder River Energy. Velder spoke abou the Titan missiles and abandoned towns of Eastern Butte and Central Meade Counties.

The Martin C. Beug Friend of History Award was presented to Rod Bradley and Family for the Hotel Sturgis and to Meade County Commission for the Meade County Erskine Office Building, The award is presented annually in honor of the contributions made by Beug, who started the Historical Society. Recipients of the award must demonstrate presesrvation, protection and promotion of Sturgis or Meade County History.

"Renovating the old Masonic/J.C. Penney Building on Sturgis Main Street, the Bradley family is contributing a new and exciting addition to Main Street," said nominator Leona Schroeder. "The vision, investment and hard work of the Bradley Family in developing The Hotel Sturgis has definitely fulfilled the spirit of the preserve, protect and promote goals of the Sturgis & Meade County Historica Society," she said.

In preserving and redesigning the old Erskine School Building, the Meade County Commission has allowed the community at-large to continue to enjoy the beauty and dignity of this historic structure while repurposing it to a modern audience and need, guaranteeing its future relevance and significance," said nominator Mark Rambow.

History Day was possible due, in part, to Historical Society sponsors as follows: Arby's, City of Sturgis, Davenport Family Real Estate, Elk Creek Steakhouse, First Interstate Bank, First National Bank, Grocery Mart, Jambonz Grill & Pub, KBHB Radio, La Risa Mexican Cuisine, Loud American Roadhouse,Meade County Commission, Meade County Senior Citizens Center, Papa John's, Sidehack Saloon, Sturgis Photo & Gifts, The HomeSlice Group, The Knuckle Saloon, The Oasis Bar, Wanda's Kitchen and Weimer's Diner & Donuts.

To view photos from this event, click on the link at the bottom of this page.


Taste of Sturgis a  success
More than 300 people attended the fourth annual Taste of Sturgis - a fundraiser for the Sturgis and Meade County Historical Society - held Jan. 11, 2019, at Sturgis City Auditorium.

The People’s Choice Award, as determined by those in attendance, went to Elk Creek Steakhouse, first; Weimer’s Diner and Donuts, second; and Wanda’s Kitchen, third.

Also serving bites of food were Arby’s, Grocery Mart, Jambonz Grill and Pub, La Risa Mexican Cuisine, Loud American Roadhouse, Papa John’s, Sidehack Saloon and The Knuckle Saloon. The Oasis provided a cash bar.

In addition to the businesses listed above, Historical Society sponsors include Boulder Canyon Station Convention Center, City of Sturgis, Da Bus, Davenport Family Real Estate, First Interstate Bank, First National Bank, KBHB Radio, Sturgis Photo and Gifts, and The Home Slice Group. To view photos from this event, click on the link, below.    


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