2014 Century of Memories - Book & DVD Project
Bob Phillips, Lead and Dean Peterson, also of Lead, share a couple of memories in the theater.
Call for Community Participation:
Stories and Memories Requested for Historic Homestake Opera House Century Book Project
Help tell the story of the magnificent Historic Homestake Opera House (HHOH) nicknamed "The Jewel of the Black Hills." This beautiful, 200-page, full-color memory book will include the entire history of the HHOH, commemorating 100 years of performing arts, recreation, movies, billiards, first dates, bowling alley fun, swimming lessons, and more. This historical book will be available for purchase in 2014 and will feature submitted photos, letters and stories of the people who enjoyed this longtime Black Hills hub located on Main Street Lead.
A DVD of recorded audio and video interviews will also be included in the back of the book. This project is being coordinated by HHOH executive director Sarah Carlson and the Century Project Committee. “This building holds so much history. It's important to record the experiences people had here – those experiences and stories are what makes this place so special,” says Carlson.
Also helping with the project is Lead-Deadwood High School senior, Sarah Shoop, for part of her Senior Project. “My family has been in Lead for generations, and I’ve known about the Opera House since I was little,” says Shoop. “It’s a great opportunity to be a part of and learn about something so historically important in my community.”
Carlson agrees. “People so enjoyed this building for decades – and are continuing to do so. But it comes alive again with those stories and memories.”
How Do I Get Involved?
There are several ways to participate in this historic project. Interview dates are listed above. You may also write down your stories and send them in. Longer stories may be edited to fit. Photos are also welcome and will be returned.
1) Mail your stories, photos or memories, to: Opera House Century Project, PO Box 412, Lead, SD 57754
2) Email your stories, photos or memories to firstname.lastname@example.org.
3) Call Sarah Carlson at 605-584-2067 to tell your story, or to set up an audio or video interview to be a part of the DVD.
4) Post your comments, stories, or fond memories in the forum below.