saturday lunch N' learn: Liz Almlie historic preservation specialist with the South Dakota State Historical society. Presents: 'south dakota architecture" ~ From notched logs and carved stone to pre-cast concrete, South Dakota‚Äôs historic places are a rich layer of the state landscape.  Pulling from the files of the State Historic Preservation Office, Liz will share highlights of architectural history from the earliest built structures to leave marks on the land to works of Modernist design that are just starting to be given due recognition. We hope that you might come away with photo trip ideas while learning about local history. 12:15 - 1:15pm at Pizza Ranch in Sturgis. (Please consider purchasing your lunch at Pizza Ranch)

Sunday lunch n' learn: Peter J. Grady, One Man Show | Unconditional Surrender: A Visit With Ulysses S. Grant. Ulysses S. Grant comes to life in this informative, humorous, and touching portrayal. meet the victorious general whose strategy and tenacity won the civil war, the president who struggled to rebuild his country after the war, and the husband and father whose final efforts were devoted to the financial support of his wife and family.  11:15am - 12:30PM at Pizza Ranch in Sturgis. (Please consider purchasing your lunch at pizza ranch)

saturday evening Special Event! Join us for a "Chuckwagon Photo Op" near Sturgis! There will be Cowboy/Cowgirl models on hand, so make sure you bring your camera and be ready for a fun casual evening. It will be a great chance to Meet the instructors and other participants  after the first day of photography . This event is FREE for Registrants, (be prepared to Tip the models.) you can come and go, or stay the whole time. This event will run from 7:30 - 8:45pm at a location to be added here later - near Sturgis. This Chuckwagon was recently  awarded: "Best Wagon" at cheyenne Frontier Days in August!

about the chuckwagon: James Patrick would like to introduce to you his award winning "DT Chuckwagon".  Jim has been building and restoring horse/mule-drawn vehicles for over 25 years with a particular passion for the history and lore of the American chuckwagon. The chuckwagon originated as a means of providing food  for cowboys trailing cattle from Texas to many points north to be marketed. The Great Cattle Drive Era began  just after the Civil War and was a relatively short chapter of our history that came to an end by about 1890. The Chuckwagon served as the morning and evening home for small groups of cowboys who were tasked with moving cattle onward toward the end of the trail. Although it was important to be selective about what deserved to be included on a trail drive in regard to what might add another pound or two to a wagon;  there were trail bosses and cooks that knew the value of a few lightweight items that might keep the cowboys motivated to .... keep "Riding for the Brand".

Jim and his wife Susan have done a remarkable job of outfitting the "DT Chuckwagon" with trappings and historically correct items used during the era of the cattle drives.  They have used their wagon to compete against other wagon crews for food prizes and wagon authenticity in SD, WI, MN, WY, CO, NM, OK, and TX and have done very well over the years. Their most recent and highly respected award was for "BEST WAGON"  at Cheyenne Frontier Days in August 2021.

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