Booth Society to present ‘Music from the Booth House’

The Booth Society will host a holiday open house with live music at the D.C. Booth Fish Hatchery in Spearfish this weekend. Pioneer photo by Alex Portal

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SPEARFISH — The Booth Society will host a holiday open house at the D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery and Archives from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday - Sunday.

“We’ll be all decked out in lights (so) people can come take a stroll through the grounds,” said Karen Holzer, executive director for the Booth Society. “We are thoroughly excited, we expect Ruby Booth to make an appearance and welcome people to the house.”

A historical reenactor will be on hand to help educate visitors on the history of the hatchery and the matriarch of the Booth family that called the grounds home. Holzer said that Ruby Booth came to Spearfish in 1899 as a music teacher for the Spearfish Normal School. In 1901, she married D.C. Booth and the two lived with their children in an apartment above the hatchery building until the house was built in 1905.

“This was her house, she loved to entertain (and) she loved to play piano,” Holzer said. “She gave private piano lessons to children from the community and often times, it’s been documented that she would end the music lesson with a cooking lesson.”

The theme of the four-day long event is “Music from the Booth House” in honor of Ruby Booth’s commitment to bringing music to the Spearfish community. Holzer said there will be a rotation of musicians every hour playing selections of Christmas-themed music from the early 1900s and holiday treats will be available.

The Pond Gift Shop will also be open for holiday shoppers to peruse the selection of items that can only be found in the Black Hills.

“We have a unique offering of gift ideas that are educational, nature-related, and (specific) to the area,” Holzer said.

For a complete list of musicians and activities, look for D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery and Archive on Facebook.

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