History Day to celebrate 130th anniversary of Meade County

STURGIS — In celebration of the formation of Meade County in 1889, this year’s Sturgis and Meade County Historical Society’s fifth annual History Day on Friday and Saturday, June 14-15, will celebrate the 130th anniversary of Meade County.

The Sturgis City Auditorium will be the location for History Day which will begin with a social from 4:30-7 p.m. Friday evening. Historical displays of former and current communities and families of Meade County will be open to the public during this time.

The historical displays will again be open to the public beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday. A parade down Sturgis Main Street will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday.

Following the parade, two historical talks by Newell native and former Black Hills area newspaper reporter and editor Tim Velder will be held at city Auditorium. His 11 a.m. presentation is titled “Remember the Titans: Cold War on the Plains.” According to Velder, the United States was defended in the late 1950s and early 1960s by the Titan missile which was prior to the development of the Minuteman Missile Program. Sites were built in Sturgis, Hermosa, and Wicksville on a fast and expensive schedule, but lasted only a short time before they were removed from service.

Velder’s 1 p.m. presentation is about abandoned towns of eastern Butte and central Meade counties. 

“During the final homesteading land rush of the Great Plains, many communities sprung up on the prairies north of the Black Hills,” he said. “These included postal stations, stores, saloons, schools, and other businesses.”

Those attending the talk will learn more about some of these communities, from Acme to Zeona, and the people who worked to put them on the map.

Space is still available for those wanting to display information about Meade County family history, present or former county communities, or other history of Meade County. For more information, contact Janice Lundgren at 347-3233 or lundgren1@wildblue.net. For individuals or groups interested in participating in the parade, contact Leona Schroeder at (605) 939-9979 or leonags@aol.com.

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