Deadwood awards $50K in Outside Deadwood Grants

Lead-Deadwood Sanitary District was awarded an Outside of Deadwood Grant in the amount of $10,000 for repair efforts to the Hanna Pump Station, pictured above, located on Hanna Road. Pioneer photo by Jaci Conrad Pearson

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DEADWOOD — Deadwood Historic Preservation money is once again making a statewide impact, as round one of the 2020 Outside Deadwood Grants were approved by the city commission Feb. 17, with $50,000 awarded to non-profit entities across the state.

“The Historic Preservation Commission felt that the recipients of the Outside of Deadwood grant program were extremely deserving,” said Deadwood Historic Preservation Officer Kevin Kuchenbecker. “It’s a broad representation of preservation projects throughout the state that have an impact, not only on our past, but the future of South Dakota.”

Kuchenbecker said the Historic Preservation Commission met and reviewed the first round, which included eight applications, requesting a total of $145,570. 

“The budget for 2020 was set at $100,000 making the selection process more challenging,” Kuchenbecker said. “The projects committee closely reviewed the applications and recommended six grants totaling $50,000 for approval for the first round.”

The Outside of Deadwood Grant program is designed to stimulate quality rehabilitation, protection and interpretation of buildings, sites and properties across the state that contribute to an understanding of Deadwood’s unique history.

Projects and programs awarded during this funding cycle include one local entity. 

The Lead-Deadwood Sanitary District was awarded $10,000 for work to the Hanna Pump Station.

“The Hanna Pump Station, located on Hanna Road, was an integral part of the Homestake mining operations,” Kuchenbecker explained. “It provided water for mining operations and drinking water to the residents of Deadwood, Lead, and Central City. Although the mining operations have ceased, the pump station still provides water to the residents of these communities and for the operations of the Sanford Underground Research Facility. Work includes repair of deteriorated exterior masonry, including replacement of damaged bricks and tuck pointing.”

This is the first time Lead-Deadwood Sanitary District has received grant funds.

These non-local grant amounts were also awarded for 2020, round one: $10,000 to American Legion Pierre Post 8 for restoration work to historic cabin; $10,000 to United Church of Christ Congregational in Yankton for preservation of damaged stained glass windows in the church sanctuary; $5,000 to Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Menno for repair work to local split field rock walls that comprise the church’s construction; $10,000 to Haakon County Courthouse in Philip for repair and replacement of stones on the parapet wall façade; $5,000 to Fall River County in Hot Springs for 660 item pioneer photographic collection, which will be integrated into the Pioneer Museum collection.

“The grants committee spent a great deal of time going over the applications and came up with recommendations they felt were fair and equitable,” Kuchenbecker said. “For each application, they go through the criteria and determine how well the project fits the program’s objectives and how it relates to Deadwood.”

The committee recommended not funding the following projects at this time: Gethsemane Episcopal Church in Sisseton for moving the church to a different location and Multi-Cultural Center of Sioux Falls for a new deluge fire and sprinkler system and sound system.

Since 2002, the Deadwood Historic Preservation Commission has provided more than $2 million dollars in assistance to help promote the preservation and interpretation of historic sites, buildings, and properties, throughout the state with the Outside of Deadwood Grant program. 

Grants are awarded over the course of two funding rounds each year -- one in January and one in June. National Historic Landmarks or National Register properties owned and operated by a not-for-profit or governmental entity are welcome to apply. Other projects with a relationship to Deadwood’s history organized by not-for-profits are also encouraged to apply. Funds will typically not exceed $25,000.

The application deadline is Jan. 2 and June 2 annually, with all applications being delivered to the Deadwood Historic Preservation Office on or before 4 p.m. on Jan. 2 or June 2 of the year for which the grant is requested. Questions regarding the program should be directed to Kevin Kuchenbecker, historic preservation officer at 578-2082 or

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